New appointments towards mission to elevate Tony Wilson’s legacy
CDT Arts Ltd, the legacy dance organisation which honours reknowned dance teacher and choreographer Tony Wilson, founder of the Company Dance Theatre and the Tony Wilson School of Modern Dance, has announced a number of new appointments
Last season, CDT commanded the stage with energy and production in its inaugural season of dance.
After a long-awaited resurgence, the company, along with its school, moved forward into the new year with promotions and new recruits.
Proclaiming their intentions, the new prospects are already in full swing towards the company’s mission to further Wilson’s pioneering work and contribution to Jamaican arts and culture.
Among the new appointments, Steven Cornwall has been promoted to Artistic Director of The CDT School, a position formerly held by Dr Sade Bully-Bell.
Over the last three years, Cornwall worked alongside Bully-Bell as Associate Artistic Director of The CDT School.
He has been instrumental in assisting with the organisation of classes, rehearsals and staging performances.
In his new role, Cornwall will be responsible for directing and managing these responsibilities and now reports to the organisation’s Board of Directors.
Also, Adrian Wanliss has joined CDT in a brand new role as Associate Executive Director.
Wanliss was instrumental in assisting CDT in the highly successful staging of its 2022 Season of Dance, ‘Legacy’.
With over 15 years of professional dance experience in the Caribbean, United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Italy, and Germany, he also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Stage Performance and Choreography from Codarts: Rotterdam Dance Academy (The Netherlands).
In addition, Ashley Bromfield has joined CDT in a brand new role as Administrative Assistant.
Possessing a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Florida International University, Bromfield comes with experience in a similar role as an Administrative and Marketing Assistant with the Alvin Ailey Extension, as well as Adjunct Lecturer in Ballet at the School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
“As our organisation continues to grow rapidly, these strategic decisions will position us to better serve our students, company members and patrons over the next few years,” said Colin Blackwood, executive director, CDT and The CDT School.
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In the meantime, Bully-Bell said Wanliss and Bromfield would bring with them “a level of professionalism and a wealth of knowledge, experience and heart that will undoubtedly bring our organisation to the next level”.
She added: “Steven as the new artistic director of The CDT School is an exhilarating change for our young dancers. He has always been most loved by our students, and brings an energy and a positivity that is unmatched.
“After working with him over the last three years in his role as associate artistic director, I am confident in his readiness to take on this new position, and I am excited about what the future holds for The CDT School and CDT.”