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SHALL WE DANCE? (article first published : 2001-05-23)

The ever-popular Shall We Dance? Ballroom and Latin American showcase presented by the South African Dance Teachersí Association will celebrate Fascinating Rhythms at this yearís three-performance gala event on June 9 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 14h00, 17h00 and 20h00.

As always, the show promises an eclectic feast of the best in competition-class, professional and amateur Ballroom and Latin-American from around the country. Show directors Neville Letard and Caryl Cuzens will ensure that these visually-sumptuous dance forms will be complemented by other genres of popular dance including line-dancing, Indian, gumboot and modern showing the amazing array of international-quality accessible dance that can be found in KZN and further afield. Among the dance on display will be the waltz, tango, slow foxtrot, Viennese waltz, rumba, samba, cha-cha, paso-doble, mambo and jive.

Among the top professional and amateur Ballroom and Latin American dancers, some of whom have represented SA in competitions internationally are top Latin American cabaret dancers and SA finalists Ryno van der Berg and Sonya Stanford from Johannesburg.

Durban is represented by Abafana Bonyano - the DPHS gumboot dancers, Caryl Cuzensís fast-tapping precision line dancers, the Manormoni Dance Academy, the Mark Wilson Dance Formation Team and a host of local dance groups and individuals. The modern dance pieces are choreographed by ex-Sun City cabaret dancer Pam Randall and singer Nothando Mbanda is the vocalist.

Shall We Dance will be packed with many old favourites from yester-year as well as up-to-date numbers such as White Tie, Top Hat and Tails; Dance With Me, Singing in the Rain; Sunrise Sunset; Stingís Desert Rose,and numbers by Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein and Jennifer Lopez.

Shall We Dance is a non-profit initiative that has once again received a kind donation by the NBS. As is custom with the show, the profits from one of the performances will go to a charity, this year being The Highway Hospice.

Booking at TicketWeb or call (031) 369-9444 for selected credit card bookings. Tickets R25 for the 17h00 special family show.




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