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Thursday, Jan 21, 2021

DES Hosts NCFA Workshops

DES Hosts NCFA Workshops

The Department of Education Services (DES) last Monday (7 December) held workshops on Traditional Dance, Speech and Drama for teachers as part of its Professional Day activities and in preparation for the 2020/2021 staging of the National Children’s Festival of the Arts (NCFA).

“At the close of the 2019/2020 staging of the NCFA, traditional dance, speech and drama were identified as areas for development,” explained DES Acting Customer Service Manager Gloria Bell. “Professional Development Day offered the opportunity for us to host the workshops and provide our teachers with a chance to learn and in turn, share our culture with our students,” Mrs. Bell continued.

A total of 28 teachers from government-operated and private schools across Cayman attended the workshops which were held at Prospect Primary School.

Mrs. Norma Ferryman of the Special Support Services Unit and Mr. Brian Watler of the Cayman Islands National Museum led the dance sessions where attendees were taught techniques relating to traditional Caymanian dances such as Quadrille and May Pole.

The poetry workshop was led by Mrs. Leslie-Ann Bernard, head of drama at JGHS who taught attendees how to interpret poetry for performance and direct a poetry performance.

East End Primary School educator Mr. Troy Rodgers described the workshops as informative.

“I was excited to have been exposed to that style of Quadrille and to have experienced that aspect of the Caymanian culture. It was great to have gotten the 'Judges' perspective along with the practical elements of directing a poetry performance. I look forward to the next season of the NCFA” he stated.

The 2020/2021 season of the NCFA commences on Friday, 29 January per the below schedule:





Registration – All categories

Submission of NCFA Entries

29th January, 2021





Cayman Brac & Little Cayman


25th Feb. 2021

Performing Arts

Speech, Drama & Dance

26th Feb. 2021




Grand Cayman Performing Arts

Vocal – Solos & Choirs

1st -2nd March 2021

Solo Competition – KS1, KS2 & KS3


2nd March 2021


Speech: Solos & Speech Choirs

3rd March 2021

Sponsored by CICSA Co-op Credit Union

Instrumental Ensembles & Bands – all students

4th. March 2021



5th March 2021



5th March 2021


Sponsored by Bank of Butterfield

2020 Young Musician of the Year

17th April, 2021


Amin Mohammed Memorial

Steel Band Competition

Sponsored by Cayman National Bank

24th April 2021


Final Concerts

Cayman Brac & Little Cayman

Grand Cayman                                  


6th March 2021

29th April- 1st May, 2021


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