Dancing their hearts out

2016-06-14 06:00
Devolution Dance Crew in action.

Devolution Dance Crew in action.

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A passionate and dedicated group of dancers from Tafelsig will later this month represent the Western Cape at a national dance competition.

But the Devolution Dance Crew are in serious need of support in getting their 15 dancers to the competition.

After winning the local Western Cape Mega Crew competition on Sunday 15 May, the group has been selected to participate in the nationals.
The group comprises about 15 boys and girls – all from Tafelsig – and has been in existence for 16 years. Devolution meets every week from Monday to Thursday at the Family Centre in Kilimanjaro Street.

Shamieg Allie, the dance coach, has been with the crew since his brother started it in 2000.

“My brother started the crew in 2000 when I was 13 years old. We started dancing at shows and when I was 14 I started taking over the crew and putting productions on stage. After that we started doing local competitions,” he says.

This was the group’s first big competition. “We always undermined ourselves and never thought we were good enough to beat anyone. This win has given us a huge confidence boost,” Allie tells People’s Post.

The group previously majored in freestyle dance but have since made hip-hop their main genre.

“We love to learn more. We also like putting together the basics of different genres and create something different,” Allie says.

He adds the dancers are passionate and dedicated to dance, practising daily for four or more hours.

“It is difficult at the moment because I am Muslim and it is Ramadaan. I usually speak to one dancer and leave them with the moves. After mosque I go look at their progress and perfect the routine,” he says.

The crews will come from all over South Africa to compete from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June at the CPUT Bellville Campus.

The team is in need of sponsorship to get them to the competition.

It is estimated to cost around R1000 per dancer.

“It is a lot for each person to pay. We are trying to do fundraisers, but it is difficult,” he says.

The dancers are aged from 13 to 23 years and the money covers travelling, registration, kit and Western Province tracksuits.

V If you would like to donate to the cause or sponsor them, call Allie on 074 013 3300 or email shamiegallie@gmail.com or kianlambert@gmail.com.

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