WORLD-RENOWNED dance teacher and instructor, Bernd Knappe, will visit Pietermaritzburg to teach and facilitate workshops as part of his South African tour.In these workshops Knappe, originally from Germany, will be focusing on contemporary dance contact improvisation. On his website he describes this form of dance as a “shapeless under-toned movement practice, where people get lost in sensations and unclear boundaries”.The workshops will run until 21 August with a single class lasting three hours. Skhumbuzo Dlamini, Skhebe KaMhlohli Trading and Projects managing director, who is bringing Knappe to SA said they are excited to host him. “This is the first time that Knappe will be hosting this dance form in Africa and our hope is for South Africa to be the launch pad of this exciting project. “We invite community members and artists, who have an interest in dancing, to participate in this great dance project,” said Dlamini.Knappe will also be conducting his workshops in Impendle, Bloemfontein, Gauteng and Northwest, and classes will accommodate between six and 40 people.“Everyone is invited, no matter what restrictions or abilities. The workshops will include playful lectures of dance and improvisation techniques and a powerful introduction of the basic principles of contact improvisation.”Knappe has been teaching this form of dance all over Europe. For more information on his scheduled dates and venues for the Pietermaritzburg leg of the programme, contact Dlamini on 079 287 3763. - Supplied.