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COBA - Biographies
Charmaine Headley in 'Orisha Suite'
COBA:BIOGRAPHIES
SHELLY ANN MCLEOD
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Born on the twin Island of Trinidad and Tobago, into a family deeply involved in Performing Arts, Shelly Ann began formal dance training at age eleven, when she was enrolled with Les Enfants Dance Company.
Born on the twin Island of Trinidad and Tobago, into a family deeply involved in Performing Arts, Shelly Ann Mc Leod began modeling at the age of three, singing at five and dancing at the age of nine. At age eleven she joined Les Enfants Dance Company founded and directed by Miss Joyce Kirton. Under Ms. Kirton’s direction Shelly Ann had the great privilege of learning and practicing different dance styles such as Modern, Ballet, Modern Contemporary, Caribbean Folk, Classical Indian Dance, Traditional Indian Dance, West African and Jazz just to name a few. She also had the opportunity to learn from other choreographers, Allan Balfore, the late Jean Coggins, Terry David and Eddison B. Lindsay (Bakari Lindsay), Linda Faye Johnson and L’Antoinette Steins.

Shelly Ann performed at school competitions winning certificates of Merit and Excellence, also certificates and trophies for best female dancer at her schools. At age fourteen she attempted her first choreography, ‘The Joy With-in’, for a school function. In her final year of secondary school she formed a dance group who was asked to perform at various events and functions around the city.

Shelly Ann was awarded a scholarship from the University of The West Indies, to read in the program of Dance and Dance Education. Courses included were, Dance Education 1 (for primary schools), Dance Education 2 (for secondary school), Caribbean Lab, Caribbean Folk Dance, Teaching Methodology, Choreography, Dance History, Dance Technique and Teaching Practice.She was awarded another scholarship from COBA Collective of Black Artists in 2006 in Toronto Canada, courses included Traditional West African, Caribbean Folk Dance, Modern Contemporary, Ballet, Dance Hall, Body Conditioning, Choreography, Dance History, Anatomy, Music, Afro- Jazz, Stage Make-up and Dance Administration. After this intense training program at COBA for three years, Shelly Ann is now a member of COBA, performer and teacher.

Her belief is for an Art Form to work effectively, they (Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts) must be combined and must come from ones heart. Apart from dancing, singing and modeling, Shelly Ann also composes music, plays Steel Pan, writes poetry and designs and makes jewelry and accessories.

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