Ashburton belly dancer in ‘Shall We Dance’

2016-09-07 06:00
Micah van Schalkwyk is perfecting her dance moves ahead of the ‘Shall We Dance’ at the Playhouse in Durban this month. PHOTO: Val Adamson

Micah van Schalkwyk is perfecting her dance moves ahead of the ‘Shall We Dance’ at the Playhouse in Durban this month. PHOTO: Val Adamson

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MICAH van Schalkwyk from Ashburton is perfecting her dance moves ahead of the 24th Shall We Dance at the Playhouse in Durban this month.

Van Schalkwyk joins nearly 100 dancers on stage in the annual dance extravaganza.

“This will be my second appearance and I will be dancing with the Sadta Belly Dance division.

“We are in three numbers and will be showcasing various props and belly-dance technique in our main number, Istanbul Dreams, we’re also doing a fusion Bollywood piece with the Young Dancers’ Project and we make an appearance in the opening of the second half,” she said.

A professional dance teacher with Raqs Sharqi Dance Company and performer, Van Schalkwyk is no stranger to the spotlight. With the title of Miss Belly Dance SA 2015, she travelled to the Far East this year to participate in the international cast of Alice in Wonderland, produced by Los Angeles company, Bellydance Evolution for a 10-week tour of China.

“In the past two years I’ve travelled to Prague, Barcelona and San Francisco for dance festivals, training and performance opportunities. I also visited Egypt in 2010 for training,” she said.

Van Schalkwyk fell in love with belly dancing when she was young.

“I met a dancer at a friend’s dinner party when I was 11, and became intrigued by the movements and music. So I joined her at Pietermaritzburg’s first belly dance studio, Raqs Sharqi, owned by Anne Knowles, where I have been ever since, and as they say, the rest is history.”

She said that being in the company of other dancers during the Shall We Dance inspires her to grow, become stronger and more versatile in dance.

“Dancing just feels good. I have stuck with it for so many years because through it I have met some of the most authentic, wonderful women who have made a great impact on me. I love that we can come together and dance.”

Shall We Dance ends on Saturday, 17 September. For more information, like the Facebook page. Tickets available at Computicket from R150. - Supplied.

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