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SHALL WE DANCE? (article first published : 2001-05-14)

The ever-popular Shall We Dance? Ballroom and Latin American showcase presented by the South African Dance Teachers’ Association, will celebrate Fascinating Rhythms at this year’s three-performance gala event in the Playhouse Opera.

Versatile, talented and much-loved Durban-based theatre celebrity Peter Court will be the host and MC for the three shows scheduled for 2pm, 5pm and 8pm on June 9.

As always, the show promises a visually stunning feast of top class, professional and amateur Ballroom and Latin-American dance from around the country featuring the waltz, tango, slow foxtrot, Viennese waltz, rumba, samba, cha-cha, paso-doble, mambo and jive. To ensure a variety line-up, directors Neville Letard and Caryl Cuzens have also included other genres such as line-dancing, Indian, gumboot and modern.

Participants include top KZN Ballroom and Latin American dancers professional and amateur, some of whom have represented SA in competitions internationally. From Johannesburg comes Ryno van der Berg and Sonya Stanford – top Latin American cabaret dancers and SA finalists who have represented SA in numerous competitions abroad.

From closer to home come Abafana Bonyano - the DPHS gumboot dancers, Caryl Cuzens’s fast-tapping precision line dancers, the Manormoni Dance Academy, the Mark Wilson Dance Formation Team and a host of local dance groups and individuals. Modern dance pieces are choreographed by ex-Sun City cabaret dancer Pam Randall and vocalist will be Nothando Mbanda.

Once again Shall We Dancemixes old favourites with the new and include Tie, Top Hat and Tails; Dance With Me, Singing in the Rain; Sunrise Sunset; Sting’s Dessert Rose, and numbers by Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, and Jennifer Lopez.

A non-profit initiative, Shall we Dance has once again received a generous donation from NBS. The profits from one of the performances always goes to a charity and the recipient this year will be Highway Hospice who will benefit from the 20h00 show.

Book at TicketWeb nationwide or call Dial-A-Seat on (031) 369-9444 for selected credit card bookings. The 17h00 show is a special family show with tickets R25 throughout.




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