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DANCE 2003 (article first published : 2003-07-19)

The Johannesburg Youth Ballet will give performances at Hilton College Theatre on August 1 at 19h30 and August 2 at 15h00.

Founded in 1976, the Johannesburg Youth Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the South Africa. It comprises 28 company members made up of young dancers of diverse ages drawn from ballet studios in the greater Johannesburg area. These dancers are afforded the unique opportunity to work within the ambience of a professional company, taught by a variety of teachers and choreographers.

They also learn a code of behaviour in the theatre and “stage craft” while gaining experience at performance level in a professionally run production. Since its formation in 1976 as a result of an invitation from the International Youth Festival of Performing Arts to take part in the festival in Aberdeen, Scotland, the Johannesburg Youth Ballet has always tried to incorporate a touring engagement.

Headed up by Artistic Director Jean Beckley with Bernice van Dyken as Ballet Mistress and repetiteur, Dance 2003’s programme’ at the Hilton College Theatre includes Peter and the Wolf with original choreography by well-known South African choreographer Frank Staff. Pas de Fiancees from Swan Lake, Garland Dancefrom Sleeping Beauty; Brisa choreographed by former JYB member Alexandra Le Maitre, and Experimental Movement which is a contemporary piece by Mandla Mcunu.

Tickets R45 (R35 block bookings of 10 or more; pupils; students; pensioners)

NB: The Hilton College Theatre phone number has changed to 033 383 0126 and the fax to 033 383 0127.




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