Mar 23, 2020
This week my guest is Marlon Simms, Artistic Director of the NDTC Jamaica and Dean of The School of Dance. We have an engaging convo about his journey as a dancer and the dance scene at present.
Marlon Simms is the Dean of the School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA). He completed a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of the West Indies (UWI), a post graduate diploma in Education at the University of Technology (UTECH) and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreographic Theory and Practice from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. He has been in the teaching profession for over twenty years and has facilitated workshops and classes in dance, choreography and dance education in many parts of the Caribbean and North America. He has also choreographed dance works in Jamaica and overseas for major dance companies, schools, studios and community groups and shares him time generously with the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) as the Artistic Director, a post he has held since 2018. At the NDTC, apart from executing his usual administrative duties, he heads the staging of their annual productions, choreographs, teaches, co-produces the annual NDTC Journal and sustains the NDTC repertoire and style as developed by the late Prof. Rex Nettleford. He firmly believes in the transformative power of the arts and works tirelessly to empower the next generation of artists using his mantra "excellence can be achieved if you are driven by passion and purpose”.
You can find Marlon on Facebook, IG, Twitter and Tumblr @marlondsimms