Women move to show world dance

2015-10-20 06:00
Cape Town belly dancing group HipNotize will be one of the groups performing in the International Oriental Dance Festival at venues in Cape Town this weekend.

Cape Town belly dancing group HipNotize will be one of the groups performing in the International Oriental Dance Festival at venues in Cape Town this weekend.

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About 600 dancers from 55 dance studios in various cities around the world will gather in Cape Town this weekend for the 10th International Oriental Dance Festival.

The festival is an annual charity event organised by Marina Rehbein (also known as Ajsa Samia) and the oriental dance theatre Palace of the Winds (POTW).

The proceeds gathered are in aid of the Saartjie Baartman centre for abused women and children.

The Festival is the largest event of its kind in Southern Africa and aims to advance the performing art of oriental and fusion dance in South Africa by bringing together dancers from all over the world and exposing the South African public to the various styles of dance, like folklore, Balkan, gypsy, tribal, classic Egyptian, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Indian and fusion.

The festival kicks off with an international dance competition at the Michael Oak Hall in Kenilworth on Friday from 10:00 to 16:00.

A gala evening at the same venue will take place at 20:00. Tickets for the gala event cost R150 each and are available from Computicket.

Oriental dance teachers will conduct a workshop at the Protea Hotel in Sea Point on Saturday from 09:30 to 20:30.

Sunday will see hundreds of dancers perform at the Vandamp;A Waterfront’s amphitheatre from 09:30 to 16:00. There will also be a bazaar where people can purchase dancing accessories, jewellery, costumes and food.

The POTW is a non-profit organisation and well-known belly dancing group in South Africa, having performed both nationally and internationally.

Rehbein is an internationally renowned performer, choreographer and instructor who currently lives between Cape Town and Frankfurt.

She and POTW are the initiators and organisers of the festival, with Rehbein developing her own teaching programme to train belly dance teachers.

Rehbein uses belly dancing in a therapeutic manner, with her methods still rooted in her nursing background.

Dancers this weekend are coming from all over the country, as well as countries such as Argentina, Germany, Lithuania and South Korea.


For more information on the festival contact Rehbein on 073 997 8755 or iodfcaptown@ajsa­samia.com or visit www.iodfcapetown.com

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