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SHALL WE DANCE? (article first published : 2001-08-23)

The ever-popular Shall We Dance? Ballroom and Latin American showcase presented by the South African Dance Teachers' Association, makes a come-back for one night only at Queensburgh Girls' High School tomorrow night (August 24).

The show aims to raise funds for the school and will be hosted by the versatile, talented and much-loved Durban-based theatre celebrity, Peter Court.

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 Cusens will ensure that these visually-sumptuous dance forms will be complemented by other genres of popular dance including line-dancing, Indian, gumboot and modern. This vibrant mix will show 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.

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

Closer to home, there’s the DPHS gumboot dancers Abafana Bonyano; Caryl Cusens's fast-tapping precision line dancers; the Celtic Dance Company; the Manormani 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.

Once again Shall We Dance will be packed with many old favourite songs from yesteryear as well as some up-to-date numbers from the current hit-parade. Some of the discs to be spinned include White Tie, Top Hat and Tails; Dance With Me, Singing in the Rain; Sunrise Sunset; Sting's Desert Rose and numbers by Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, and Jennifer Lopez.

The show begins at 19h30. Tickets R20 and from Queensburgh Girls' High School on (031) 464-0343 or Neville Letard on 083 779-3864.




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