Local dancers light up Playhouse Opera

2015-09-02 06:00
PHOTO: Val Adamson

Taking part in the 23th ‘Shall we Dance’ (from left) Martin van Vuuren, Wayne Evans and Genevieve Phillips.

PHOTO: Val Adamson Taking part in the 23th ‘Shall we Dance’ (from left) Martin van Vuuren, Wayne Evans and Genevieve Phillips.

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LOCAL ballroom and Latin American dancers, Genevieve Phillips and Martin van Vuuren, will be lighting up the dance floor in the 23rd dance showcase, Shall We Dance, at the Playhouse Opera from 11 to 19 September.

Phillips and Van Vuuren previously participated in the showcase and have not only grown both as professional dancers, but have solidified their place in one of Durban’s most popular dance shows.

Shall We Dance features about 100 of the region’s most exciting dancers with dancers as young as 13 as well as top award-winning international industry professionals.

MC is East Coast Radio’s Damon Beard.

Directed by Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens­, couples this year are South Africa’s world champions, Gerhard van Rooyen and Amor Kruger, who impressed the world with their acrobatic dance. International performers include Latin dancers, Darren Hammond and Milla Lykke who have ranked highly in competitions in Blackpool and Mannheim, Germany. “Showcase ballroom” is provided by Danish champions Nicolai Bouet and Anna Shagalina.

This annual showcase began in 1991, and is probably the longest enduring annual production in Durban, if not South Africa. It is presented by the Playhouse Company in association with the South African Dance Teachers’ Association, with a supporting grant from Business and Arts South Africa, Three Cities Royal Palm Hotel at Gateway, for housing the dancers and East Coast Radio for its ongoing support.

Tickets can be booked at Computicket www.computicket.co.za or on 0861 915 8000. - Supplied

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