Young dancers in play

2017-06-06 06:01
Learners of St Anthony’s RC Primary School will be dancing in a production on Friday.

Learners of St Anthony’s RC Primary School will be dancing in a production on Friday.

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For five years now, Rhonel Stoltz from Heathfield says, she has seen children transform right in front of her eyes through dance.

Stoltz, who teaches extramural classes at St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Heathfield, says the classes have grown a lot over the years.

“The classes are for everyone; boys and girls enjoy it the same. Dancing teaches them a lot more than just dance but respect, discipline, working as a team. It exposes them to a whole new world and they really work well together,” she says.

Stoltz has been a teacher for the past 24 years and has been dancing for over four decades.

“I love what I do. I love the children whom I work with. It really makes me happy to see them grow and enjoy this as much as I do,” she says.

To showcase what they have been doing the group of about 60 learners will be participating in the Rhonel Stoltz Dance Studio production of Olivia at Nassau Theatre, Rondebosch on Friday at 19:30. Tickets cost R100 each. The performance teaches people not to judge a book by its cover.

“This is something that everybody wants to see. The girl Olivia is helped by a prostitute and most people will think bad of her, but she is the one who helps. The show teaches us a lot and it’s for everyone,” she says.

Stoltz works with children aged five to 10.

“They come from all walks of life. It’s amazing how they have learnt how to work well together. The children help each other. It’s really a nice atmosphere when we all come together. The dance classes are not just about dance. They learn time management, dignity. It’s a new and exciting life­style for them where they can really express themselves What I teach them the most is acceptance. Just because someone is a little different from you, they must be treated differently or you’re better than them: No,” she says.

V For tickets call Erin Burger on 072 384 3745.

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