DANCE CARIBE PERFORMING COMPANY
Preserving through dance, the cultural diversity of the Caribbean
Celebrating 35 Years - 1989 - 2024
Dance Caribe Performing Company (DCPC) was founded in 1989 under the direction of Martin Scott-Pascall. As a not-for- profit organization, the group from its beginnings has chosen as its roots Caribbean Dance as its main artistic expression.
Celebrating over 34 years, DCPC’s repertoire of dances embraces the cultural diversity that is unique to the Caribbean. These dances are presented in their traditional form as well as in contemporary and modem dance styles preserving the energy and rhapsody of Caribbean cultural aesthetics.
DCPC has a very strong performing history within the Caribbean Canadian community and over the years has maintained a very active participation in multicultural and international festivities throughout Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, USA, Hong Kong, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands of Dominica, Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and the Philippines.
DCPC received numerous awards at these festivals and was the winner at the 2001 Chin International Folklore Dance Festival Canada and runner up on nine occasions, the Scarborough Urban Hero Award winner for 2014 and winner of the 2012, 2013, 2016 & 2017 Caribbean Music and Entertainment Award champion and Best Caribbean Dance Company, to name a few.
Throughout the years Dance Caribe Performing Company have performed at many world class events such as being a part of the Opening Ceremony for the Pan AM Games 2015 with Cirque du Soliel (Toronto, Canada), the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) 2013 (Toronto, Canada), the Winter Olympics 2010 (Vancouver, Canada), the Chinese New Year Festival 2005 (Hong Kong, Hong Kong) and we also opened at the Prime Minister Trophy Best Village Competition during our Trinidad Tour in 2017 (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad), Pyesta Kolon Datal International Folklore Festival (General Santos, Philippines) in 2018 and Carifesta XIV, Trinidad and Tobago 2019.
DCPC continues sharing with many multicultural festivals such as the Serbian Cultural Showcase, the Chinese Cultural Association of Canada, the Afro-Caribbean Festival throughout Canada, the FestCaribbean (Brantford, Canada), Jambana – One World Festival, the JerkFest (Toronto, Canada) and A Taste of the Caribbean (Montreal, Canada).
The company also participated at the Harbourfront Summer Festival, the CNE – Canadian National Exhibition Annual Festival (Toronto, Canada) and the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade (Formerly, Caribana) (Toronto, Canada) throughout the years.
DCPC continues supporting many charitable causes, the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Caribbean Children Foundation as well as the Heart and Stroke Foundation and many more.
And to give back to our Canadian community, DCPC promotes and has hosted the Caribbean Junior Children Folklore Dance Festival for the last 20 years.
Therefore, Dance Caribe Performing Company has been an established company for the past 34 years and counting… Preserving through dance, the cultural diversity of the Caribbean.
Aims and Objectives
• To work as a professional performing company.
• To work towards the promotion of Caribbean culture.
• To encourage an understanding and cooperation amongst the different international ethnic groups.
• To develop a physically competent body of performers who exemplify a healthy lifestyle through the dance & drumming art disciplines.
• To perform a repertoire that only reflects and embraces cultures drawn form the Caribbean and the Afro-Caribbean lifestyle.
• To establish and maintain tolerance, Cooperation and harmony that is reflective of the Caribbean Diaspora.
• To establish and maintain a professional attitude and discipline that is sincere to the Caribbean dance art-form.