Through education people will have a better understanding and appreciation of Afro Caribbean Arts. When we have knowledge it is important not to keep it to ourselves but to share it. “ Each One Teach One”. Batingua Arts dancers are encouraged to outreach in the community and teach both young and old our heritage through the arts.
Many conflicts and separation of people are due to ignorance- lack of knowledge of the other persons or culture. However, every culture has some type of art form; songs, dance, music etc..If we are exposed to various cultural art forms than the similarities will surface and the differences can be acknowledged, respected and understood thus, unifying people through the arts.
Batingua's artists are dedicated to the missions and core values of Batingua Arts, to unify people through the arts through preservation, education and celebration. More than how well the artist can dance and/or drum, Batingua's artists are selected specifically for their "spirit of dance/drum". These artists have a respect for the culture and a yearning to continue to learn and share with others.
Batingua Artists are a tight knit family unit. Despite the fact that Persephone and Justin are the directors, every dancer and drummers is respected and encouraged to bring of themselves to the company and contribute what ever talent they may have besides dancing/drumming. It is important to Ms. DaCosta that all Batingua artists be invested in each others lives outside of classes and performances. She feels that the genuine friendships created in Batingua and the love and respect that the company members have for each other is what shines brightly on stage and distinguishes Batingua Arts from others companies. Batingua artists are there for each other on and off stage.
MEET BATINGUA ARTS DANCE EDUCATORS
Persephone DaCosta- Artistic Director
Justin Kafando- Musical Director
Dance Program Administrative Staff