Dancers set to compete overseas

2016-08-02 06:00
Devolution during a recent practice at the Tusong Centre in Tafelsig. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Devolution during a recent practice at the Tusong Centre in Tafelsig. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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After beating out some stiff competition, a Tafelsig dance crew are set to blaze up the world stage later this year.

Following their win at the reginal competition in May this year, Devolution competed in the nationals held from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June at the CPUT Bellville Campus.

They won this round too and will now compete at an international dance competition in Austria in October, but are in serious need of support in getting their 15 dancers and manager to the competition.

Lameez George, the crew manager, says this is their first time abroad.

“It was always my dream that they make it to compete in an international competition,” she says.

She started the crew in 1985 as an avid dancer herself.

But after the crew grew up and moved on, and an injury that left her unable to continue as the main coach, she changed the name.

In 2000 Devolution was born and run by her two sons, (“Dancing their hearts out”, People’s Post, 14 June).

The group comprises about 15 boys and girls – all from Tafelsig – and meets every week from Monday to Thursday at the Family Centre in Kilimanjaro Street.

Shamieg Allie, the dance coach, has been with the crew since his brother took over it in 2000.

“My brother started the crew in 2000 when I was 13 years old. We started dancing at shows and when I was 14 I started taking over the crew and putting productions on stage. After that we started doing local competitions,” he says.

The nationals was the group’s first big competition. “We always (underestimated) ourselves and never thought we were good enough to beat anyone. This win has given us a huge confidence boost,” Allie told People’s Post.

George says they are all working hard to raise funds but will not be able to produce the full amount ahead of their trip.

Allie says they are competing in competitions and hope to book more shows as part of fundraising.

The dancers are passionate and dedicated to dance, practising daily for four or more hours.

The team is in need of sponsorship to get them to the competition.

It is estimated to cost around R20 000 per dancer.

V If you would like to donate to the cause or book the group to perform, call Allie on 074 013 3300 or email shamiegallie@gmail.com or kianlambert@gmail.com.

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