Hillcrest dancer to perform in prestigious show

2015-09-01 06:00
Tayla Reid Gibson will  be performing in the ‘Shall we Dance’ showcase this month.

Tayla Reid Gibson will be performing in the ‘Shall we Dance’ showcase this month.

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HILLCREST’S Tayla Reid Gibson is proof that with dedication and hard work comes success. Gibson and some cast members will be performing in the Shall We Dance showcase later this month.

A typical day for this 20-year-old, is practicing dance routines, gym and studying personal training.

She said her inspiration comes from having the ability to affect someone in a positive way with her dancing.

“It is truly humbling and an inspiring experience when you are able to make someone smile or help them realise that they too can follow their dreams. It is that fact that drives me to work hard and put everything I have into every performance.”

Gibson began her dance career at a very young age. “My first class was a ballet class at the age of two. My mom decided to enroll me in the class because I would constantly walk around pointing my toes and saying ‘plait’, I guess you could say I was born a dancer.

“I then started competing in freestyle at the age of five, which ignited my soul. Since then I have tried many styles such as contemporary and hip-hop, but Latin American and ballroom is where my passion lies and those are the styles I hope to specialise in.”

Gibson trains on average four hours a day and said as a child she always wanted to be a ballet teacher. “I am blessed to have two very supportive parents who have done everything in their power to allow me to follow my dream.

“My dad is always so proud of me and financially has supported me 100% . My mom is my rock - she has pushed me when I have needed it and has loved me through the tough days. She believed in me from the very first day, and without her dedication to me I would not be the dancer I am today.”

Her role model is her coach, Alain Rijnvis. “His passion and hard work that he gives to each student is admirable. Not only has he modelled me into the dancer I am, he has also helped make me the person I am. I only hope that one day I will be an amazing coach like Alain and pass on the incredible knowledge I have been so privileged to receive,” she said.

Describing herself as ambitious, Gibson said her proudest moment was winning Dancer of the Year in 2009 for freestyle at the age of 13.

Her other awards include championship status in freestyle at age 14, being undefeated in KZN for the bronze and silver Latin section, placing second in South Africa in 2014, receiving 99% for her Latin American exam in 2014 and taking part in Shall We Dance 2014.

Shall We Dance 2015, is a show that attracts people of all ages as it is a diverse show comprising many genres of dance, and a variety of music.

“Shall We Dance is only danced by amateur dancers and thanks to the two incredible directors, Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens, this show gives many dancers the opportunity to fulfill their dream of being on stage and showcasing their talent,” she said.

Shall we Dance will be held at The Playhouse Opera from 11 to 19 September. Tickets at Computicket, www.computicket.co.za or 0861 915 8000.

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