NEW YORK – Body Nation Dance Theatre, Inc. (BNDT) will be performing at the United Nation’s Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. celebrating 20 Years of Dance, expressing the life style of the Caribbean and American People through Dance.
Body Nation Dance Theatre, Inc.’s mission statement is to produce, present and provide quality educational and cultural performances that build bridges between the Caribbean and American cultures as well as preserve Caribbean culture and dance styles and instill in all students a cultural diversity in conjunction with discipline, determination and professionalism.
BNDT a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization under the direction of Jamaican-born Marie A. Minto, one of South Florida’s outstanding dance companies with raving reviews over the past 20 years. Body Nation is recognized for it’s commitment to community services through performances for youth at risk and senior citizens throughout South Florida and the Caribbean.
With a year round dance program that encourages growth and achievement, classes are currently being held at the Lignum Vitae Complex at 2318 SW 60th Terrace in Miramar, Florida.
IIMSAM`s Ambassador and Director-General H.E. Mr. Remigio Maradona States: ”On behalf of IIMSAM we are honoured and privillage to have this outstanding dance company perform at UN Headquarters promoting a Culture of Peace.
IIMSAM`s Special-Adviser on Sports for Development Mr. Noel Miller has been organizing this event along with Mr. Gordon Tapper President of Lend a Hand Foundation and Marie A. Minto the Director of BND on bringing this great event together which envisions to aid towards peace and development and a tool towards better communication, coordination, and cooperation to foster closer relationships among the world through the Arts.”
Ms. Marie Minto is the Executive Artistic Director for Body Nation Dance Theatre, Inc. and has thirty-three (33) years of experience in the field of Dance and Administration with an Associate Dance Degree, works part time for the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department in Sunrise offering the Irvin Dance Academy students at Joseph C. Carter Park dance instruction and choreography in Modern, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Gospel and Afro-Caribbean Dance.
With special appearance by the Irvin Dance Academy and Recording Artist Michelle Gordon AKA” Lioness” at the United Nation’s Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium. “CULTURAL EXPRESSION” is being Co-sponsored by the Michael Irvin Playmaker Charities and Foundation a 501 (c)(3) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to providing underprivileged youth with a support system affording them an opportunity to live in a better environment, grow academically, spiritually and recreationally through various enrichment programs.
The Foundation was established in 2005 in South Florida by Michael “The Playmaker” Irvin, a former NFL player and a native of Fort Lauderdale. The Irvin Dance Academy at Joseph C. Carter Park in Sunrise is also a part of the Club Carter Teen Prevention Program that is being funded through the Michael Irvin Playmaker Charities and Foundation, the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department and the Children Services Council of Broward County.
Michael Irvin and the Board of Directors for the Foundation see this as a tremendous growth an opportunity for all the participants involved and are happy to participate in this effort.