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SHALL WE DANCE (article first published : 2006-08-22)

The ever-popular Shall We Dance Ballroom and Latin American showcase presents its glorious annual dance extravaganza in the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from September 1 to 10. The event features 100 of the regions most exciting dancers as well as top award-winning industry professionals.

Presented by the South African Dance Teachers’ Association, Shall We Dance has been going since 1991 and once more promises to delight audiences with its carefully-chosen eclectic mix of quality dance – all with an underlying ballroom and Latin American theme. Shall We Dance features the best of ballroom, Latin American, tap, contemporary, ballet and modern … even belly-dancing! In total almost 100 dancers will be on stage.

The old meets the new with the soundtrack as diverse as Shakira, Mafikozolo and Will Young representing the more contemporary mood – interspersed with the familiar crooners, ballads, show tunes and dance standards: Gentlemen by Lou Bega, Roxeanne by Sting; Sway by Michael Bublè; Hey Daddy by Eartha Kitt and Shall We Dance by Stacey Kent. There are also musical theatre and movie numbers from Thoroughly Modern Milly; Chicago; Dirty Dancing and Shrek.

The showcase is once more directed and produced by pillars of the dance community - Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens. The compere this year is Durban diva, Karen van Pletsen ,who shares the spotlight and vocals with popular Durban singer Gino Veronie.

Among the featured guest dancers are Ryan Hammond and Lindsey Muckle who were South African undefeated SA Latin American amateur champions; winners of the 2004 World Cup and have become winners of the Korean open professional championships and grand finalists of the British National championships. They made it into the top 24 in the British open championships with over 300 couples in their section.

Another featured couple is Bradley Cupido and Dorianne Rhode from Cape Town. Bradley has numerous awards and has participated in the cricket world cup 2003 opening ceremony in Cape Town. He has graced the stages of most Cape Town theatres and has won many awards for Ballroom and Latin American. In 2003 he was the Gold Cup champion in KZN, and he came third in the SA national championships 2005. He works with Disabled Dance Sport as well as with a troupe of wheelchair dancers and is also an experienced sound engineer. Also from Cape Town, Dorianne has danced for many corporate and stages shows. Like Bradley she is involved in Disabled Dance Sport and is one of the most exciting young dancers on the circuit.

Now in its 15th year, Shall We Dance takes place from September 1 to 10 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Weekday performances at 19h30 with shows on Saturdays at 14h30 and 19h30 (Sundays at 18h00).

Tickets R75 (R55 students, pensioners, scholars). Booking is through Computicket on 011 340 8000.

More information from the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on 031 260 2296.




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