As one of those young Jamaican artists with a realistic view of the world, dancer Adrian Wanliss, 22, seems poised for terrific future success. His undeniable talent, humility and refreshing, athletic physique have been displayed in local dance theatre for the past few years (he’s a senior L’ACADCO member) but have now gained the attention of the Rotterdam Dance Academy (RDA),
Congrats on being accepted to
I see it as another stepping stone towards my goal, which is to open a performing arts stadium in
Has dance always been your calling?
Yes, because from I was child, watching JBC, I only kept still whenever the classical dance programmes came on (Laughs).
Outside of dance, what other areas of art and culture interest you?
I was a part of the Cathy Levy Players, so I also enjoy acting and singing. I also love doing backstage and technical work.
Do you think the stigma attached to men who do classical dance will ever go away?
No, because the stigma is mainly attached to how graceful men have to be when doing classical dance, and being graceful is often seen as feminine. And that will always be associated with homosexuality. It’s a bit close-minded, and I don’t know if the
How have you been spending your summer?
This summer I performed with L’ACADCO for the show “Ship’s Log.” I also did Sumfest with Etana, and I did commercials for CLARO and KFC, making a bit more money (Laughs). I also taught at the Tony Wilson summer programme. It was a fun experience because I love to teach, and it’s one of the things I want to do when I come back from The Netherlands.
What’s the best thing you can cook?
I can cook breakfast (Laughs). I am a whiz with eggs. I can also bake. I come from a very matriarchal family so a lot has been handed down to me through the generations.