Erick Valentine

African 

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Erick Mauricia gained a certificate in Art Restoration in Paris in 1979 & one in Performing Arts at The American Dance Centre in Paris in 1982. In 1989 & 1990 he taught Modern & Afro Jazz to dancers from The Bolshoi & Moisseiv Traditional Moscow Ballet in Russia. In 1996 he trained in Counselling with Strathclyde University and in 2002 he gained a Diploma in African Dance from The African Centre of Dance & Music in Paris. He achieved the HNC in Sports Coaching & Development in 2008 at GCNS in Glasgow. Erick has trained for twenty years in Yoga, Martial Arts and T’ai Chi techniques and has practiced Meditation for some years. He has choreographed, produced and performed for many productions and Festivals involving modern and traditional dance, drumming, singing and stage plays. He has taught African Dance & Drumming for several years and works with several Youth Organisations in the community, e.g. The Princes Trust, Ultimate Sports/Arts. Erick presently teaches Physical Education at The Glasgow Steiner School. He coached children in basketball at Kelvinhall and Lincoln United Youth Team at Scotstoun Sports Centre. He is currently a member of the Glasgow Gospel Choir. Erick has also been Artistic Director of Ayawara Ensemble West African Percussion and Dance Ensemble since 2007 www.ayawara.co.uk