Region’s best dancers descend on Bay for annual dance fest

2019-08-21 06:00

SINCE its establishment 39 years ago, the Port Elizabeth Dance Festival has become an annual highlight event, eagerly anticipated by hundreds of dancers and lovers of dance.

The Port Elizabeth Dance Festival was founded by Jennifer Abrahams and Hermione Ballinger in 1981 to promote the love of dance.

This year’s festival will kick off on Tuesday, August 27, with an impressive selection of 17 dance studios, showcasing 837 dance entries from over 400 talented dancers from Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Makhanda, Graaff-Reinet, Cradock, Knysna and George.

Dancers aged from four to 42 will entertain audiences with modern, freestyle, ballet, tap, hip-hop, cheer squad and Indian dance performances. Participating dance studios include Candice Johnstone Dance Academy, Amaphiko Township Dance Project, Charismatic Dance Crew, Geetanjali Academy of Arts, Carmen’s School of Dance, Channae Erens School of Ballet, Marlene Rubidge Ballet School, Prestige School of Dance, Toynbee Ballet Academy, SA Dance Academy, Defying Gravity, Chinelle School of Dancing, Renee Ferreira, NMU Cheerleaders, Natasha Tait Dance Studio, Leanka Laubscher School of Dance and Diana Townsend School of Ballet.

The Port Elizabeth Dance Festival, which will be held at the Savoy Theatre, Parsons Hill, will start daily at 14:30, and entry is R30.

Contact Carol-Anne Cash for festival seats on 084 502 3300, or purchase at the Savoy Theatre entrance.

The gala event will start at 18:30; entry is R90 for adults and R60 for learners and pensioners.

Visit the Port Elizabeth Dance Festival – PEDF Facebook page for more festival information.

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