About Your Teachers

Megan Navarro ARAD, RAD.RTS, NBS.TTP, CF-L1

 

   Megan Navarro began her dance experience on the sunny island of Barbados. After completing all levels of RAD graded and vocational exams with the Louise Woodvine Dance Academy, Megan enrolled at Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program. She graduated with Honours and received the Carol Chadwick Award for most promising teacher. From there her passion for dance led her to further her training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she once again graduated with Honours. Megan has had the pleasure of performing works by Christopher House, William Yong and Kaeja d'Dance which was presented as a Bravo! Film Fact. From there Megan travelled to Ottawa to work with Ginette Laurin in her creation of 'En Dedans' held at the Canada Dance Festival. Megan moved to Montréal and worked with École de Ballet Ouest de Montréal and assisted in an outreach program to bring dance to elderly and disabled persons. Megan moved back to Barbados and began teaching at LWDA. She has won many NIFCA awards both as choreographer, with works such as 'Support', 'In Remembrance' and 'Labels' and as a performer in 'Turned to Stone' and 'Behind Closed Doors' with Justin Poleon. Megan is a current member of Zhone Entertainment Inc. performing weekly in 'Flavours of Barbados' at The Sea Rocks Dome. Besides being a full time dance teacher, Megan has attained her Level 1 Crossfit Coach status as well as her PADI Open Water Diver status and is hoping to provide a long life of fitness and dance in Barbados.  



 

Keisha Amory

Keisha started dancing at the age of 4 with the Erdiston Primary School. At the age of 11 she was enrolled with the cultural group Dancin’ Africa where she performed for social and cultural gatherings, award ceremonies, national events and also toured to a number of places including Curacao, Canada, New York and the latest being Shanghai China. The group entered the National Independence Festival for the Creative Arts for many years and in 2005 she received the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for dance. She went on to study dance at the Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts in Jamaica, where she obtained her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography with Honours along with the Sheila Barnett special award for most outstanding performer. She has also performed with the The Dance Place, National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica led by the late Rex Nettleford and also The Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Ensemble and Academy. Upon completing her degree she went on to being an apprentice with Ballet Creole professional company in Toronto Canada working with renowned choreographers such as Gabby Kamino and Debbie Wilson. A year later she advanced to a full time company member touring Canada and USA. Keisha is currently back in Barbados as senior company member of Dancin' Africa teaching and performing. 

Jelani Brice

Inspired by dance groups at his Alma Matter Queens college, Jelani began his hip hop dance pursuit in 2006. Multiple National Independece Festival for Creative Arts (NIFCA) awards, 2 Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (F.I.G) certifications, a National Cultural Foundation (N.C.F) dance internship, multiple Barbados Dance Project (B.D.P) intensives and tours later, Jelani now seeks to go, inspire and nurture the next generation of dancers and share this accumulated knowledge. 

Dionne Haynes

Dionne started her journey to sport and fitness as an 11 year old representing Barbados as a national badminton player. She went on to win many medals at the Caribbean, Central American and Pan American Region level both at the junior and senior levels and also represented the island at the Commonweath Games. Her love of the sport continued when she became the Coach to the National Junior Team at age 19, where she later attained her Pan Am Level 2 coaching certificate. She became a Pan Am Accredited Referee in 2014 and was recently recognized as the Technical Official for the Pan Am Region for the Year 2017.   After retiring from competitive sports as an athlete, Dionne became involved in Crossfit and quickly fell in love with it, entering in a number of competitions. She went on to become a Crossfit Level 1 trainer and also a NCCP Level 1 coach. She has a love for weightlifting and powerlifting and most recently took part in a Strong Woman contest where she placed second. 

Gail Harwood

Gail has had over 30 years experience in teaching dance. She trained first at the Hammond School and then at the Northern England College of Dance. She earned her teaching certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) passing with a merit and has entered many children over the years for RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet exams with 100% passes.She has also taught Jazz and Tap and choreographed dances for many shows including pantomimes. Gail danced and performed with the Barbados Dance Theatre covering many forms of dance including African and Modern styles. Gail furthered her training by completing a training course in Aerobics and was able to run her own gym which included Zumba and Yoga. At present, Gail conducts Water Aerobics classes and is looking forward to teaching dance again.