Academy hosts ‘Elements of Dance’ production

2017-11-01 06:01
Elements of dance to be showcased at Opera House. Photos:DONNA WATSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Elements of dance to be showcased at Opera House. Photos:DONNA WATSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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PORT ELIZABETH dance enthusiasts can expect to be captivated and entertained on Friday and Saturday at the Opera House, as the Ellen Bunting Dance Academy takes the audience on a nostalgic and entertaining journey that literally celebrates the various ‘elements’ of dance – ballet, tap, modern, jazz and hip-hop.

Director and producer Simone Buchner has incorporated a wide range of dancing disciplines into Elements of Dance, ranging from modern and tap all the way through to lyrical and Broadway jazz.

Dancing to a strong piece of music, Ariana Patsalos, the Port Elizabeth Dance Festival (PEDF) Senior Tap Championship winner of 2016, will once again wow audiences with one of her championship solos - You Can’t Touch This, an upbeat and funky tap dance with fast, intricate footwork.

Together with Buchner, other talented and award-winning dancers will grace the stage with numbers such as Hippy Babes, Jailhouse Rock and On Broadway to Uptown Girls and I Won’t Dance.

There are three sets of mom and daughters in the show, as well as a mom and son.

Kim Scribante and her daughter Sienna will be performing a tap duet together to Meghan Trainors’ Mom.

This number was choreographed by Kim and is a portrayal of the beautiful bond shared between a mother and daughter.

“The music for the show has a variety of pieces Jailhouse Rock for example, which is a junior modern number, has dancers wearing prisoner outfits with a little something extra that makes the number such fun!

“My favourite costume in the show is the costume worn by my junior tappers in On Broadway,” Buchner said.

The local production features a kaleidoscope of numbers, from tap-dancing children to Broadway jazz and even a Greek inspired twist to a tap number.

The show will start at 7:30pm on Friday and at 2:30pm on Saturday. Tickets for the 90-minute show are available at Computicket at R120 per person.

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