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SHALL WE DANCE (article first published : 2007-10-9)

The ever-popular Shall We Dance Ballroom and Latin American showcase will present its glorious annual dance extravaganza, featuring 100 of KwaZulu-Natal’s most exciting dancers as well as top award-winning industry professionals, in the Playhouse Opera.

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

This year the compères will be much-loved theatrical personality, Joseph Clarke with singer and radio host Thokozani Mkhize. Special guest will be Master Illusionist Ricki Gray.

On the musical menu will be a rousing Queen medley, favourite operatic arias, Candyman by Christine Angueilara, Masquade by Black Eyed Peas, and tunes by Michael Bublè.

Dance soloists include Ryan Hammond (from Johannesburg) and Lyndsay Muckle (originally from London) who featured in last year’s event and are returning due to overwhelming public demand. They were featured in Strictly Come Dancing and were awarded title of South African professional dancer of the year in a function in Johannesburg on September 14. At present they are in London having extra training in preparation for the world international dancing championship in the Royal Albert Hall in London in early October prior to coming to Durban.

Two top Cape Town ballroom dancing couples will be joining the line up this year – Christopher Molifie and Dorianne Rhode; and Wesley Fredericks and Ilsa Hans. Both couples have been rated second in South Africa.

From closer to home there will be dancers from the Minnette de Klerk Academy; Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre; the Maya Dance Academy; the Irish Highway Academy of Celtic Dance; Dance Basics; the Razmatazz Dancers; the Mark Wilson Dance Academy and a group from Chesterville being trained by Dance Basics.

Shall We Dance runs in the Playhouse Opera from October 26 to November 4. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 19h30, with extra matinees on Saturdays at 15h00. Sunday performances: October 28 at 18h00 and November 4 (final) at 15h00.

Tickets R80 (R60 OAPs and children under 12). Block bookings of ten or more - R72 each. Book at Computicket.




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