L'Acadco:
A United Caribbean Dance Force

The Shining Star in Every Arena

About Us

Industry-Leading Dance Company in the Caribbean

L’ACADCO – A United Caribbean Dance Force, is widely regarded as Jamaica's leading contemporary dance company. The Company’s membership has included dancers from Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Bermuda, Cuba, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. These talented dancers represent the best in the Caribbean. In 1978, Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Dr. L’Antoinette Stines, founded Miami’s first Black dance company, L’ACADCO. Returning to Jamaica in 1982 she continued to grow with her company and together they have become dynamic ambassadors for Jamaican culture, through dance, and advocates for its preservation and development.

 

Our Mission

Since 2000, L'Acadco- A United Caribbean Dance Force has been among the most recognized companies - providing quality shows and performances at unbeatable prices. At L'Acadco- A United Caribbean Dance Force, we value our audience and do everything we can to make their experience with us enjoyable. Our main mission is to engage with the community through our state-of-the-art productions. We strive to produce and host memorable productions that will dazzle our audiences. Stop by today and unleash your imagination with our cutting edge shows and performances as we continue "Building Bridges through the Arts".

 

We are L'Antech

L'antech is an eclectic Caribbean contemporary technique (CARIMOD), which synthesizes African influences, Caribbean Folklore and is dominated by Jamaican Afro-Caribbean forms.

 

Due to the fact that this technique is the synerbridging of opposing and similar retention from the Caribbean and European terpsichorean material  it therefore has the base and stabilizing elements of classical ballet and material.

L'antech teaches the body unity of Body, Mind and Spirit - thus making it very distinctive.

Photos taken by Dash Productions

 

Our Artistic Director

Dr. L’Antoinette Stines is a dancer, choreographer, actress, teacher/lecturer, administrator, author and visionary. Creator of L’Antech, a modern contemporary Caribbean Dance Technique, Dr. Stines continues to impact on the direction and future of Caribbean dance. Dr. Stines has a long and varied performing history, which ranges from classical ballet to Yoruba “Orisha” dance. Her dance career began in Jamaica with Alma Mok Yen (1961-71), continued to the Martha Graham School and finally through to Pepsi Bethel Authentic Jazz Dance Company (1975-77) and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1977-78). Regarded as an expert in popular, folkloric Jamaican dance and the development of contemporary dance, Dr. Stines has lectured in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and North and South America.

Using L’ACADCO as her canvas, Dr. Stines’ choreographic work is inspired by the virility of her island’s culture and ancestry, the sensuality of its people and the natural mystic in the air. 

Photos taken by Dash Productions

L'Antech

L'Antech

TDP_2690-Edit

TDP_2111-Edit (1)

TDP_2217-Edit

IMG_7419.JPG

Photo taken by Jik-Reuben/Nickii Kane

 

Meet The Company

The team of dancers, drummers, and moko- jumbie (stilt walkers) at L'Acadco work hard in order to produce compelling performances for international audiences. We wouldn’t be where we are today if not for their amazing talent and hard work. These are the faces behind the one of the top dance companies in the Caribbean.

Jessica: Assistant Artistic Director
Jessica Shaw started training with the Vickers’s Ballet Studio from age 3. She pursued the Royal Academy of Dance examinations up to grade 8. In 2012, Jessica graduated from the Edna Manley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Performance and Choreography. Currently, Jessica is a part-time lecturer at the Edna Manley College School of Dance, Artistic Director of the St. Andrew's High School for Girls Dance Troupe.
Oriville: Assistant Creative Director
Orville McFarlane is a driven dancer who completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. He is also an aspiring choreographer and a performer with L'Acadco
Oraine: Assistant Artistic Director
Oraine Frater is a very talented and passionate dancer who has an open mind to being exposed to all genres of dance. Even though he's a student at the University of Technology, he still finds time for his passion...dancing. Oraine is a certified L'antech instructor and a dance instructor/choreographer for Campion Dance Society. He is also Head of Philanthropy for L'Acadco. "To see him dance is to hear his heart speak"
Jeneille: Rehearsal Director
Jeneille Greenland's dream of being a dancer came to reality at the age of 4. At such a young age,she was seen with such potential and was given the privilege to be exposed to training and skills in performing at the Edna Manley Jamaica School of Dance Junior Department. After graduating from the school at age 18 she began her studies overseas. Though not in the field of dance she never lost her passion for the art.
Shaneaka: Rehearsal Director
Shaneaka Gibbs is currently a full time student of the Edna Manley college of the visual and performing arts, who hails from the spice island of Grenada. She started her dance training at the age of 4  where her exposure to many dance genres begun helping her journey to becoming a diverse dancer. This power house wish is to attain a Phd on dance science as well as assist in building new bridges and breaking stereotypes present in her country concerning dance.
Samantha: Treasurer
Samantha Daley's love for dance started at age 3 when she took ballet classes with Cathy-Ann Gibbon at Vaz Prep School. She has danced with Praise Academy, Cathi Levy's Little People and Teen Players Club and The Queen's School Dance Troupe. Samantha graduated from Edna Manley School of Dance Junior Department in 2009. She holds a BSc in Entrepreneurship from the University of the West Indies and currently works as a Sales Representative for EuroBrands Trading.
Yakeem: Principal
Yakeem Reid, a gifted and vivacious spirit, takes pleasure in expressing himself through both the visual and the performing arts. He began his training in 2011 at the Ardenne High School, after which he joined the company in 2013. His aim is to make the best of his facilities as he continues his journey with L'Acadco.
Tashnie: Senior
Tashnie Hinds became an apprentice for L'Acadco at the age of 16. Her passion for dance started at the age of 10 when she attended the Mona Preparatory School and that passion is still in her. She then became a member of the Ardenne High Dance Troupe. Tashnie really appreciates the experiences and opportunities L'Acadco has to offer her.
Jai: Junior
Jai Clarke born the daughter of an artist and a dancer is a lover of both art forms and expressions. As a student of the Dance Strides Barbados, from the age of three years old, Jai learned, honed and further developed her dance skills and interpretive senses. Extending her journey yet further and even more deeply, Jai is currently completing her BFA in performance and Choreography at the Edna Manley School of Performing Arts.
Tiffani: Junior
At 5'10 and 17 years old Tiffani Smith is appreciative of her signature long legs and uses them to their full potential by dancing from the age of 3. Maintaining honours academically through Campion College, while dancing with the Campion Dance society was achieved as a result of long hours dedicated to not just books but also to dance. It has taught her discipline and effective time management.
Dancing is not what she does, it has become who she is.
"Why walk when you can dance"-T. S
Aaliyah: Junior
Aaliyah Hall, the President of Campion College Dance Society started dancing at age 11. She is the epitome of "seen and not heard" as dancing is the channel of which she expresses her true thoughts and emotions.  This driven dancer also sings and strive to become the shining star in every arena.
Aldaine: Junior
Aldaine Daye is super passionate about dance and believe it will forever be apart of his life. He was introduced to L'Acadco and started training with Dr. Stines; It as been his home of dance ever since. He strongly believes that every time he dances he turns into a better version of himself. "He Dances To Express Not To Impress"
Leah: Junior
Leah-Sarah Clayton started her training at Mona Preparatory School where she practiced gymnastics, ballet and dance. She trained with the ESOR Dance Ensemble and Nishida's Gymnastics during her early childhood years and was also a member of the Ardenne Dance Troupe. Leah was introduced to L'Acadco at the age of 12 when she applied for an internship in 2013 and became and apprentice for the company at the age of 16 where she now continues her passion for dance.
Dadriel: Junior
Dadriel Bent is an Edna Manley student who has been exposed to ballet, modern, dancehall, Cuban modern, jazz, and many other genres, but she has no intentions of stopping there; she wishes to achieve her masters in Dance Education. She is led by the philosophy, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”.
Show More

Photos taken by Dash Productions

 

Drum XPLOSION

L’Acadco Drummers has been around the dance company since 1986. Starting with Carl Messado, whom is considered the “godfather” of all L’Acadco Drummers past and present and having being the first Musical Director of the company Binghi was brought to the stage and that was the first dance the company had being done with drums. As years rolled by, other musicians stopped by, leaving their insignia that will be timeless and help in building the repertoire of the company. Ras Happa’s era came along after Messado and developed rhythm for one of L’Acadco’s trademark dances entitled “Honfour of the Drums”. This dance was a high energy filled dance that challenged the stamina of any drummer who would play, whether Djembe, Bass, Conga or other associated instruments. Following the foot-steps of Ras Happa is Aaron Vereen who turned up the heat on drummers adding another level to the foundation set by Messado. Aaron brought his knowledge of traditional African drums from the Volta Region in Ghana after studying there for approximately 3 years and also added a name for the drummers dubbed “L’Acadco Drum Xplosion” and is still used today.

Photos taken by Dash Productions and Renee McDconald

Photos taken byRenee McDconald

Contact Us

Get in touch with us today to learn more about our performance schedule, events and work.

Address:

39 First Avenue Kingston Jamaica

Email:

Phone:

18769382039

  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
 
lacadco.png

©2017 BY L'ACADCO- A UNITED CARIBBEAN DANCE FORCE. 

Shaneaka: Rehearsal Director

Shaneaka Gibbs is currently a full time student of the Edna Manley college of the visual and performing arts, who hails from the spice island of Grenada. She started her dance training at the age of 4  where her exposure to many dance genres begun helping her journey to becoming a diverse dancer. This power house wish is to attain a Phd on dance science as well as assist in building new bridges and breaking stereotypes present in her country concerning dance.