A passion for dance

2015-11-19 06:00
Choreographer and dance innovator Iqram Rahim. Photo: supplied

Choreographer and dance innovator Iqram Rahim. Photo: supplied

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SEATIDES resident Iqram Rahim is creating waves in the community through dance by working with schools to promote the arts and culture while showing the academic lessons dance has to offer.

Rahim’s aim is to create a new culture of dance identity that is uniquely South African.

Rahim recently put on a show at the Playhouse in Durban with local pupils showing their skills at the Eastern Evening Junior Initiative after working with him and his team from the Rampage­ Dance Company.

“The aim was to create positive reinforcement for the education curriculum, not only arts and culture, but marketing­, writing and science,” said Rahim.

Through dance, Rahim hopes children will learn principles of momentum, action and reaction, friction and other things while seeing the physical and emotional benefits also associated with the art form.

Rahim considers dance to be a language which needs proper punctuation and words to make a sentence and tell a story.

During his dancing career, Rahim has featured in several high profile shows and performances and worked with world renowned artists, but his attention is in choreography.

Rahim choreographed the 2014 SA’s Got Talent final and has worked with Bollywood celebrities including Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Ranvir Singh and Sidhart Mahothra.

Next year Rahim plans to collaborate with artists from different backgrounds and cultures to integrate their work in an effort to explore a South African style of dance.

These concepts were born a long time ago when Rahim studied dance and choreography in India at the Shiamak­ Davar International School of Dance.

It was at that stage that Rahim realised more needed to be done to promote dance and elevate it to the next level in South Africa.

“I only realised then that we are light years behind in dance and I came back knowing we had to get our youngsters involved and into dance instead of the social ills around them, learning something positive and beneficial. The other was to create a dance identity for ourselves as South Africans,” said Rahim­.

“We have different styles for different cultures and races, but we are far from finding a truly South African style.”

It was then that the Rampage Dance Company was born to promote arts and culture at schools while searching for a South African identity.

He said that there are several positives to both these goals, but his most important goal is to bring people together and create something which people from different cultures and communities in South Africa can connect with.

We need to start competing internationally with a South African brand of dance which shows the diversity which our country has,” said Rahim­.

“My dream is to take this brand of South African dance and shine an international spotlight on it.”

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