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SHALL WE DANCE (article first published : 2006-09-3)

The ever-popular Shall We Dance Ballroom and Latin American showcase presents its annual dance extravaganza. Featuring 100 of KZN’s most exciting dancers as well as top award-winning industry professionals, the show is running in the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Presented by the South African Dance Teachers’ Association, Shall We Dance has been going since 1991. It again 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 grace the stage during the performance.

The old meets the new with the soundtrack as diverse as Shakira, Mafikozolo and Will Young (Leave right now) 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 Bubble; Hey Daddy by Eartha Kitt and Shall We Dance by Stacey Kent. There are also musical theatre and movie numbers from Thoroughly Modern Millie; 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 compčre this year is Karen van Pletsen who shares the spotlight with singer Gino Veronie.

Among the featured guest dancers include Ryan Hammond and Lindsey Muckle, South African undefeated SA Latin American amateur champions. Winners of the 2004 World Cup, they 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. 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 came third in the SA national championships 2005. He does a lot of work with Disabled Dance Sport and works with a troupe of wheelchair dancers. Dorianne is also from Cape Town and 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.

Shall We Dance is now in its 15th year. It runs from September 1 to 10 in the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Weekday performances at 19h30 with Saturday shows at 14h30 and 19h30 (Sundays at 18h00).

Tickets R75 (R55 students, pensioners, scholars). Booking is through Computicket on 011 340 8000. For more information contact the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on 031 260 2296.




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