A feast of dance and movement awaits

2017-11-22 06:02
; Senior dancers Neil Brand and Kate Weakley rehearse a duet for ‘The Art of Movement’.                    Photo:BRAD PEENS

; Senior dancers Neil Brand and Kate Weakley rehearse a duet for ‘The Art of Movement’. Photo:BRAD PEENS

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LOVERS of dance are in for a treat when the Walmer School of Dance presents The Art of Movement at the PE Opera House on Saturday, December 2.

From an opening by guest artists, African Drumbeat, to a junior mini-ballet, group and individual pieces featuring sizzling jazz, sultry tango, ballet, contemporary, ballroom and tap, the show promises an exciting feast for the senses.

Walmer School of Dance owner and teacher Troy Coffey who has choreographed and directed The Art of Movement, said the year-end show was an opportunity to showcase the various styles of dance taught at the school, and a chance for the young performers from preschool age to matriculants, to gain valuable stage experience.

“For some of the school’s senior pupils, this will be their last show at school level before they head off for further studies and an opportunity to celebrate a year of outstanding achievements,” Coffey said.

The senior school pupils include Kate Weakley, Louise Daniel, Anneke Claassen and Skye Phillips, who this year excelled at the PE Dance Festival.

Weakley won the senior ballet championship, Daniel the senior modern championship, while Claassen won the 17 to 18 years’ age category at the festival in both ballet and modern.

Phillips, who along with the other three seniors recently travelled to New York on a scholarship to the American Academy of Ballet Summer School of Excellence, will be dancing as well as showcasing her singing talent.

Another dance festival winner, Ella Coffey, who won the trophy for the most promising tap dancer, will be performing a Charlie Chaplin routine choreographed by tap teacher Shirley Smith.

The juniors’ mini-ballet is based on the story of The Snowman – a magical piece about a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life in his dreams.

Ballet and contemporary dance groups range from some charming baby flower fairies to the senior girls in a striking group dance called Snow.

Bookings for The Art of Movement are now open at Computicket.

Tickets are R120 for adults and R100 for learners and pensioners.

There will be shows starting at both 3pm and 7pm.

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