KZN school dancers to showcase SA culture

2010-07-08 00:00

TWENTY dancers from Chistlehurst school will be spreading the World Cup spirit by performing at the Melrose Arch public viewing area in Johannesburg today and tomorrow.

Their routine, entitled I Am African, is an energetic, touching and occasionally humorous piece choreographed by Chistlehurst dance teacher Kelly Anne de Villiers.

The dancers will be representing KZN Tourism along with other KZN performers.

The original I Am African routine, first performed in 2007, has been lengthened to a 20-minute performance that focuses on South Africa’s rich cultural heritage.

“It deals with cultural diversity and what makes someone African,” said De Villiers. The dancers perform scenes dealing with African, Afrikaans, Indian and pop culture and backing tracks with African drumbeats and that feature Kurt Darren and Miriam Makeba.

De Villiers said the opportunity to perform in front of a national and international crowd will increase her students’ confidence and scope.

“This is a performing arts school, so there is no point in students learning the performing arts if they don’t actually perform,” she said.

She said the exposure could effect her students’ careers. “If someone watching goes ‘Man, that kid is a stunning performer’, that could give them the edge to crack the industry, which is tough in this country.”

The learners are just as excited as their teacher.

Kyle Brown said that just being on stage is a thrill for him, but the piece is especially exciting: “This will be our biggest audience ever and I think this is the best piece because it really hits you hard and you can feel it.”

Ayanda Ntshangase agreed, but said she was most looking forward to representing her school, her province and her country.

“Through our dance we will welcome tourists to our country by giving them a feel for Africa,” she said.



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