ON THEIR TOES

Students of Impressions Dance Theatre on stage at a previous recital.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Guyanese-American Verna Walcott-White, an award-winning choreographer, educator and CEO of Impressions Dance Theatre, will welcome fans to the group’s 15th Annual Dance Recital on Sunday, June 24 at 4 pm.

Tickets cost: Kids $10.00, Adults $25.00.

The students from as young as five years old, will twirl, pirouette, bop, rock, and boogie, when the curtains open at Public School 9207, 175th Street, Jamaica, (Jamaica Avenue / 175th St.) under the theme “Still WE Rise — 3 The Journey Continues.”

The recital, that is being co-sponsored by the Health Education Research Organization / Cancer Inc., headed president, Lorna Welshman-Neblett will incorporate all genres of dance, choreographer by seasoned dancers, Bobby Carter, Jade Schott, and Victor Brown.

White, a passionate performer who began dancing at the tender age of three, under numerous famous Guyanese and International Instructors, was trained at the Guyana School of Dance, from its inception. Lavina Williams, Haitian-American dancer and director, was one of her first instructors.

Ms. Verna, as she is fondly called, went on to become an instructor, in the Guyana National School of Dance. She also choreographed for the Guyana National Dance Company where her work was shown around the world on the company’s tour.

Her goal is enrich the lives of children, by promoting skills that enhances multi-cultural and creative dance, and provide services to the community, to enable children to enjoy a positive learning experience, as they build self-esteem through the discipline of dance.

White is the recipient of numerous accolades that include, proclamations and citations, from late Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, then, Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, Senator John Sampson, Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Councilman Leroy Comrie and others.

She was also presented with the Guyana Cultural Association Award, the Extraordinary Woman’s Award through renowned Vissi Dance Theatre, the Golden Arrowhead Award of Distinction from Brooklyn Borough Hall, in recognition of years of service and mentorship to community including the Guyana missions, consulates and the Guyana Tri-State Alliance Inc.

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