About

Who We Are

Based in the beautiful island of Barbados, Pearls Dance Academy seeks to improve the level of youth engagement through the creative art of dance. We help students to discover & develop their potential, purpose and ultimately their inner pearl through tailored dance programs and a strong personal development approach.

Pearls Dance Academy is proud to include the American Ballet Theatre® Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age- appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Timeline

2010

PDA was birthed with 13 students at Mount of Praise Wesleyan Holiness Church, Tudor Bridge, St. Michael Barbados. PDA hosted first ever Dance Camp held in Barbados. PDA’s first entry in National Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) with ‘When Colors Come to Life’.

2012

PDA’s founder left Barbados to pursue BFA at Belhaven University, MS, USA while PDA stayed open.

2015

PDA’s founder returned with a BA in Arts Administration form Belhaven University. PDA became Incorporated under the Company Act Cap 308 of the Laws of Barbados.

2016

PDA made history by being the first to enter students for American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Affiliate. Exam in the Caribbean. PDA moved to its own location at Sugar Cane Mall, Bridgetown Barbados, with 1 spacious studio. PDA won first NIFCA Gold with a tribute to the Barbados Defense Force called ‘Protect & Serve’. PDA took registration online as part of a save paper initiative.

2017

PDA won second NIFCA gold with the piece ‘Inspire’. PDA hosted its first themed show called DISNEY. PDA’s made its debut performance at the Barbados. Public Workers Christmas Concert and continues to have a good relationship with this organization.

2018

PDA expanded Bridgetown location to accommodate another studio. PDA’s founder became first ABT NTC Fellow in the Caribbean. PDA’s founder received MA in Arts Education from University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. PDA’s founder became first ABT Level 5 certified teacher in the Caribbean.

2019

PDA Encore Tour was born. PDA paid tribute to the late Richild Springer, a Barbadian dance pioneer. PDA’s long standing teacher, Carolyn Clarke made first NIFCA debut choreography with PDA.

2019

PDA Encore Tour was born. PDA paid tribute to the late Richild Springer, a Barbadian dance pioneer. PDA’s long standing teacher, Carolyn Clarke made first NIFCA debut choreography with PDA.

2020

PDA celebrated its 10th anniversary. PDA Rebranded its image. PDA hosted first dance show with original music as dominant feature, with compositions
by Rafael Hinds.
Menu