In January 2018, PHS created the first Performing Team. The team was created to focus on more professional training and performance experiences for our dancers. An audition is held once a year to select 8 dancers between the ages of 13-18, to commit to extra training with the intention to travel internationally and perform amongst pre-professionals and professional dancers
Our first travel experience took us all the way to Sussex, England to make a guest appearance at the annual Sussex Festival of Performing Arts with the help and support of Urbanflo Creative, who created the opportunity for an outreach program to invite foreigners into the festival. The festival for young dancers throughout England takes place every Easter over a two week performance schedule. The last event, the Gala event is held at the prestigious Hawth Theatre which seats audience members up to 855 at a time. The PHS Performing Team consisting of 8 dancers from ages 14-17 held their own against pre-professional dancers from all over England.
A few months later, the team was accepted to perform at the COCO Dance Festival (Contemporary Choreographers' Collective) held annually in Trinidad and Tobago, our neighbouring island. This performance now was indeed a big step up for our young team, performing alongside international professionals in the dance world.
Just 4 months later, the team once again travelled, this time to be a part of the Jamaica Dance Umbrella held annually at the Philip Sherlock Theatre of Performing Arts, in conjunction with The University of The West Indies Mona Campus. The team performed at the highest standard alongside members of L'Acadco and Jamaica's National Dance Theatre Company
PHS took part in its first NIFCA Festival - National Independence Festival of Creative Arts of Barbados in 2019. Performing the 2 pieces originally choreographed for The Sussex Festival of Performing Arts, the team walked away with 2 Gold medals, The Massy Creator's Prize, A Certificate of Excellence for Lighting for both pieces, NIFCA Best Newcomer in Dance and the NIFCA Best Original Dance Entry.
Reaching a high level of dance in the first year of the festival received national attention. We were asked to perform at the Award Ceremony for NIFCA and the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados acknowledged the team and was able to help support this young group of dancers on their last trip, the Jamaica Dance Umbrella in February 2020.