Caribbean American Choreographer’s work comes to the Broward Center

FT. LAUDERDALE – Ty Barker, received his BFA in Dance from the University of Florida. A native of Bermuda, he began his dance training at the age of 15 at InMotion school of dance in both swing and salsa. By age 19, Ty was ready to take his dancing to another level and attended New World School of the Arts in Miami. There, he studied classical ballet, Limon, Graham, and Horton. Ty has performed works by Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon and SLAM, to name a few. He was selected to represent NWSA in Taiwan and numerous other gala events.

Ty was a featured dancer in the Florida Grand Opera’s productions of Samson et Dalilah and Les pecheurs de perles. Currently, he is a full time company member of Animate Objects Physical Theatre based in Miami, FL, where he studies aerial training, stilt walking, and trapeze, furthering his repertoire and constantly learning new skills to further his career. Ty hopes to continue his training and demonstrate all that he has learned in life and dance to help create and be part of continuous great performances.

Next Step Dance presents the 5th Annual Next Step Dance Series, taking place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Amaturo Theater on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 8PM.

Following the overwhelming success of last season’s sold out performances, Next Step Dance moves into the 600 seat Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center to celebrate five years of dance in South Florida. Repertory will include audience favorites: Photograph, Surrender, Sirene, Woodblock Study, The Stable and One For My Baby.

The program will also feature the premiere of three new works including: Summertime, and two works by guest choreographers; Matthew Farmer’s, HumanKindNess and Ty Barker’s, The Other Side.
Summertime, an ensemble work celebrating love and romance; HumanKindNess, an intimate and creative look at the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his many demons, passions, and creativity; Photograph, a duet inspired by a short story by Nobel Prize winning Japanese author, Yasunari Kawabata; Surrender, a female trio exploring the redemptive spiritual journey from resistance to acceptance; The Other Side, an aerial solo reflecting one man’s spiritual, emotional, and personal journey through life; Sirene, an ensemble work based on the myth of the Sirens from Homer’s, The Odyssey; Woodblock Study, a male duet performed in silence, inspired by the woodblock prints of artist, Rockwell Kent; The Stable, an ensemble work inspired by Peter Shaffer’s play, Equus; and One For My Baby, an ensemble work of love and loss accompanied by the sultry voice of the legendary, Marlene Dietrich.

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