‘Shall We Dance’ extravaganza at the Playhouse

2010-09-11 00:00

THE popular Shall We Dance ballroom and Latin American dance extravaganza, featuring 100 of the region’s most exciting dancers and award-winning industry professionals, can be seen in the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban from September 17 to 25.

This year, for the first time, Shall We Dance boasts a top international dance couple from London, Danny Stowell and Kate Moore. They have numerous awards to their names: ranked second in the 10 dance championships internationally; third amateur Latin couple in the UK; the current UK closed youth ballroom and Latin American champions; and UK 10 dance championships.

The other featured soloist couple hail from Cape Town and stole the show last year. Megan Lottering and Devon Snell are this year’s 2010 SA ballroom champs.

Shall We Dance, which forms part of the Celebrate Durban season, promises to delight audiences with its carefully chosen, eclectic mix of quality dance.

Featured dances include ballroom and Latin American dancing, Indian classical, hip-hop, modern, ballet, Bollywood, Argentinian tango and American smooth.

The annual showcase started in 1991 and is presented by the Playhouse Company in association with the South African Dance Teachers’ Association. Directed by Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens, it features dancers from the Minnette de Klerk Academy, Dance Basics, the Razmatazz Dancers, Mark Wilson Dance Academy, Neville Letard Dance School and Static.

The dancers will be performing to music ranging from Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy to the theme from Pink Panther, Shakira and Freshly Ground’s Waka Waka, Phantom of the Opera and Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me.

Tickets are R100 (R60 pensioners and scholars and the Heritage Day Friday matinée). Booking is through Computicket.

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