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KZN DANCE LINK AWARDS (article first published : 2003-07-31)

KZN Dance Link is an umbrella organisation for all forms of dance in KZN. It celebrates a range of dance through its annual showcase Imbumba and its offer of workshops for children in all styles of dance. KZN Dance Link also offers dance opportunities to youth through Dance for Youth, an annual event celebrating Youth Day.

In 2002, the organisation received an FNB Vita Award for Special Services to Dance in KZN. The prize money has been put towards a new awards system, and KZN Dance Link has been fund-raising, budgetting and spending carefully in order to swell the amount available.

The new Dance Awards are designed to honour the province’s experienced and talented dancers and choreographers and, by recognising their efforts, to further their creativity and excellence.

The KZN Dance Link Durban Dance Awards will be launched at a function at the NSA Gallery as part of Celebrate Durban week in September. There will be dancing, food and video footage of the fabulous work made in 2002/2003. At that event the judges will be introduced.

The Awards, the first one of which will take place in September 2004 will comprise Dancer of the Year and Choreographer of the Year and the body of work produced over the year will be taken into account for both these awards. There are also two Newcomer awards - one for male and one for female dancers - and an Award for “contribution to dance over the year”.

Judging for 2004 will begin at Jomba! in August 2003 and all dancers and dance companies wishing the judges to see their work need to ensure that at least one month in advance they send information about the performance(s) to Peter Taylor by fax 031 209 0142 or email: flyingfish@mweb.co.za. This information needs to include date, time, venue, and the names of choreographers and performers in the performance. The year will run from Jomba! 2003 to the middle of August 2004, when the judges will meet to make their decisions.

Anyone wishing to make further donations to the Awards Fund should contact Lynn Maree at KZN Dance Link at PO Box 17058, Congella, Durban, 4013 or phone 031 206 1696 or fax 031 205 0568.




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