Outstanding Latin and ballroom-dancing performances

2011-09-15 00:00

FANS of Latin American and ballroom dancing will be blown away when they see Darren Hammond and Kaylee Brown take to the stage in Shall We Dance .

At the tender ages of 19 and 16, respectively, these Latin dancers wowed the audience at the annual dance extravaganza in the Playhouse Opera Theatre.

Undefeated South African open under-21 champions, this Gauteng couple has also made a mark overseas, finishing third out of 200 couples in the Latin American round of the 2011 British Dance Festival in Blackpool, England.

And watching them perform a selection of fabulous numbers, including a cha-cha-cha and samba, it was clear to see why. Their speed and energy was astounding.

Not to be outdone, Devon Snell and Meagan Lottering, ballroom champions from Cape Town, swept the audience away with a selection of stunning ballroom dances.

But what makes this production, now in its 20th year, even more special are the performances by the enthusiastic amateur dancers from dance schools around Durban.

They performed everything from belly dancing to modern, ballet, jazz and line dancing.

One of my personal highlights was Lord of the Dance by the Highway Celtic Dancers — their group precision was wonderful to watch.

And if the dancing is not drawcard enough, you can also enjoy the astounding illusions of Ricki Gray, who hails from the United Kingdom.

His act with emcee Damon Beard is worth the ticket price alone.

• Shall We Dance runs in the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban until Sunday. Tickets are R100 (R60 for pensioners and scholars) at Computicket.

REVIEW: Shall We Dance

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