The Candice Clarke Academy of Dance

Briana Sylvester

e-IMG_0332_pp_wmCurrently preparing for the CAPE examinations in 2013 and has a passion for the field of Environmental Science with St. Joseph’s Convent, POS.

At the age of four in the year 2000 she joined The Candice Clarke Academy of Dance (CCAD) performing with the junior company at Level 1 known as “Expressions Dance Workshop”.

Briana continued to worked her way up and to the position of Company Artist “Creola Dance Company” of CCAD.

It was while at Gentle Lamb Nursery School her excellence was always noted. She was chosen to represent the school population as valedictorian. Throughout the years of 2000 to 2007 Briana then preceded to attend Edinburgh Government Primary School until she was transferred to Montrose Government Primary School. Here she obtained countless awards for academics and was a force to be reckoned with. She wrote the Secondary Entrance Examination (SEA exam) in 2007 and passed for the school of her first choice attending St. Joseph’s Convent (Port-of-Spain) and has just completed the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC exam) with 8 passes inclusive of 5 ones. Apart from her academic success, Briana has performed at almost every dance production held by CCAD.

These include: Styles – August 2004, Caribbean Vibrations – August 2005, SASSY – October 2005, OMO Dance Company of Canada – June 2006, The Story of The Dancer – August 2008,The Story of The Dancer ІІ (Exhale) – September 2009, Shine – July 2010, Creola Benefit Concert – March 2011, Dance Creola Tour (Jamaica) – August (17th to 26th) 2011, Golden Jubilee “A Celebration of Diversity” – August 2012 and Dance Creola Tour (New York) – August (16th to 25th) 2012.

She has competed at the San Fernando Arts and Music Festival in the years 2005 and 2006 where she made it to the semi finals on both occasions and has done many other performances through out her dancing career for; Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – 2009, FIFA’s International Women’s World Cup – 2010 and The Prime Minister’s Best Village Dance Competition (Finals) – 2010 just to name a few.

This young woman has received several “Dance Awards” throughout the years of 2003 to 2007, including the star award in 2008 and the achievement award from the period of 2005 to 2006, not only from the Academy but also from her schools as they have recognized her talent.

The Academy’s mantra “Dance with a cause…” suggests that dancers should use their talent to give back to the less fortunate people in society and bring smiles upon the faces of children. This has been made a reality, as The Candice Clarke Academy of Dance of which Briana Sylvester is a part of has performed for the children at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Jamaica and at the Harlem Children’s AIDS Society in New York during the Dance Creola Tours, as a treat to the youngsters. The dancers were also given permission by officials to talk and play with the children hence developing new friendships. As for locally, Briana has performed at the Cyril Ross Children’s Home for children with HIV/AIDS and the Princess Elizabeth Centre for children born with severe physical challenges in November of 2012 bearing gifts and talent.

Although this teenager intends to further her studies at university level, she has no intention of leaving her love for dance behind.

Briana’s philosophy is”Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

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