Dominican dances 
to a Jamaican beat

Year 8 pupils from Dominican College, Portstewart who showcased their dance moves at school assembly, pictured with Ripton Lindsay of WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) who facilitated the week of workshops. Also pictured are Councillor George Duddy, Mayor of Coleraine, Darren Ferguson of Beyond Skin, Joy Wisener of Coleraine Borough Council, Jan O'Neill of Moyle District Council, Ms Ronan, Prinipcal of Dominican College. The workshops were part of a WOMAD legacy project following the Autumn showcase event in Coleraine Town Hall in September which was part of Council's Good Relations Programme. INCR49-312PL
Year 8 pupils from Dominican College, Portstewart who showcased their dance moves at school assembly, pictured with Ripton Lindsay of WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) who facilitated the week of workshops. Also pictured are Councillor George Duddy, Mayor of Coleraine, Darren Ferguson of Beyond Skin, Joy Wisener of Coleraine Borough Council, Jan O'Neill of Moyle District Council, Ms Ronan, Prinipcal of Dominican College. The workshops were part of a WOMAD legacy project following the Autumn showcase event in Coleraine Town Hall in September which was part of Council's Good Relations Programme. INCR49-312PL

Dominican College were delighted to welcome councillor George Duddy, Mayor of Coleraine and members of Coleraine and Moyle District Councils to attend a dance performance by Year 8 boys who had spent time working with Beyond Skin.

Darren Ferguson explained how Beyond Skin is a multi-cultural agency which aims to celebrate diversity through music, arts, dance and new media to address issues of racism and sectarianism.

WOMAD’s Souls liberation Jamaican artist Ripton worked with all of the Year 
8 boys - dubbed the Dominican College All Star Dance Troupe - to produce a street parade style performance inspired by his homeland of Jamaica.

Reuben Tosh thanked Ripton for the confidence he had brought to the group and for his inspiration throughout the week and presented him with a special piece of Dominican crystal.

Principal Ms Ronan, thanked Ripton and the members of Beyond Skin for their work in the school and the mayor and councillors who had helped to support the event as part of the legacy work in recent WOMAD activities and events in Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle.

She described how she “couldn’t be prouder “of the boys and what they had put into the week and what they had got out of it.