Citation presented to
Barrington Moncrieffe, CD
for Recognition of the Outstanding Contribution to Dance in Jamaica
March 5, 2014.
For his contribution to the development of dance in Jamaica and the rest of the world, the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, is pleased to recognise Barry Moncrieffe, dancer, teacher and mentor.
With over five decades of dance under his belt, he now guides the next generation of dancers in Jamaica and beyond.
As a dancer, he received his early training under the Eddy Thomas Dance Workshop and summer schools at the University of the West Indies with the University Dance and Gymnastics Society. He later went to the acclaimed Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance in New York.
As a member and principal dancer of the National Dance Theatre Company, he may best be remembered for his many roles as lead in a number of the choreographic works of Prof. Rex Nettleford. These works include The Crossing, Dialogue for Three and Islands. He has also, in colaboration with Joyce Camphell choreographed Bruckins.
As a teacher he has guided students at the Jamaica School of Dance into its transition to part of the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts. He also taught at the prestigious Vassar College in New York. He has also taught short courses in other countries including Germany, England, China, Finland and across the Caribbean.
Having served as Associate Director for a number of years he was appointed Artistic Director of the NDTC and continues to guide the legacy of dance with the current generation. For his work he was recognised with a Silver Musgrave Award and the Order of Distinction, Commander Class.
A superb dancer, teacher par excellence, artist and visionary in dance, the Iconic Barry Moncrieffe remains a true inspiration for dance in Jamaica.
The Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts and the Jamaica Dance Umbrella hereby confer this honour on Barry Moncrieffe, a stalwart ambassador for dance.
Barry Moncrieffe captured in Bert Rose's 'Thursday's Child' (1973).
Maria LaYacona Photography
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