Awarded a Trailblazer Fellowship

ADAD logoI’m quite excited to have recently been awarded one of four Trailblazer Fellowships for 2009-2010 by ADAD (Association of Dance from the African Diaspora). In fact this news is only beginning to sink in since I first received the news at the end of September!

I plan to use this opportunity for research and development in tap and jazz music practice, and also towards building an independent tap and live music group. This project idea had been floating around in my head for sometime but things started to fall into place when I first sat down and wrote out my plans earlier this year before I found out about the bursary. Writing the proposal helped me to refine the project idea and had already made up my mind that I would make a start even before I had applied.

One of the tasks I assigned myself to compliment my continuing professional development as a tap dancer was to take up playing the piano again so I could expand my jazz musical prowess! Grateful for all those classical piano lessons and grades I did until I was 19 (plus a short introduction to jazz I did back in 2002) I was able to sign up to the Intemediate Blues Piano course at Goldsmiths College.

I’ll be keeping an online journal on the details and progress of my project over the next few months so keep an eye out under the blog sub-category Trailblazer Fellowship. I’ll also be blogging about how the piano lessons are going and the first entry is Blues Piano 29 September – 9 November 2009.

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