Set to shine on world stage

2019-11-26 06:01
Dancers of the Set4Dance studio.

Dancers of the Set4Dance studio.

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A group of 15 dancers from the Set4Dance Community Outreach have qualified to compete in an international competition, set to take place next year.

The dancers participated in the junior solo, children’s group, adult group and children’s duo categories and all dancers participating from the studio have qualified for the World Dance Star finals following their qualifying at Dance Star South Africa on Friday 8 November.

The dancers range in age from 10 to 35.

The World Dance Star final is set to take place in Croatia from Saturday 16 to Monday 25 May next year.

Tamaryn Pastor of Set4Dance says the cost for each dancer is around R25 000.

“We are able to pay it in instalments and the amount per month is based on the selected package. Our biggest challenge at this stage is that each dancer must have a R2 500 deposit by Saturday 30 November,” says Pastor. “We would like to make a public appeal as time is against us and we would love to have our young dancers’ dreams made a reality.”

A total of 23 dancers qualified in 2018.

Pastor says they would love to use the global platform to gain more exposure by enhancing their knowledge about dance.

“The dancers gain strength, confidence and stage presence competing against the best crews in Cape Town. Now dancers have the opportunity to display their talents on stage and are given this opportunity to participate at an international level in 2020,” says Pastor.

“The level of dance is higher and this is a great challenge for our dancers as this will challenge them to strive and equip themselves to be mentally and physically be ready to dance at an international level.

She adds: “Dancers and coaches have to continuously improve their knowledge that needs to be applied to the various styles, techniques and abilities needed to compete. We would like to take on this opportunity as all dancers who entered the competition qualified to represent South Africa at Worlds that takes place in Croatia 2020.”

The dancers are from all over Mitchell’s Plain and travel to the Portland Indoor Centre for weekly practices.

“Our needs range from finances to costumes and practice venue availability as we are restricted with our current venues times and days, we make use of our clubhouse in Portland’s for extra practices but space is a challenge for crews,” says Pastor.

The studio is in the process of finalising plans for fundraisers to assist the dancers.

Set4Dance was established in 2014 and started with only three dancers.

“To date, we have 30 dancers ranging from ages 8 to 52. We have been registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) in 2019 as Set4Dance community outreach. The studio is community-based and our objectives are to assist the youth through coaching and upskilling our dancers to steer away from negative influences of the community, providing dance as a medium to express themselves.

“Some dancers are not very outspoken, dance builds confidence and this is evident as we see continuous improvement in this regard. Our studio is seen as the dancers’ second home,” says Pastor.

V Anyone who wants to get involved or donate can email set4dance@gmail.com or call Judith Rhodes on 081 373 5496 or Ignatius Pastor on 071 043 3746. You can also reach them on Facebook: Set4Dance Community Outreach.

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