Tapping their dancing shoes

2016-07-26 06:00
Some of the passionate and vibrant dancers from the Set4Dance Studio based at the Portland Indoor Centre. PHOTO: samantha lee

Some of the passionate and vibrant dancers from the Set4Dance Studio based at the Portland Indoor Centre. PHOTO: samantha lee

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They already have one award wining competition team and soon we could see a lot more from a local studio.

Started in Tafelsig under a different name, the Set4Dance studio has set up permanent camp at the Portland Indoor Centre and have been growing by the week.

“We were based in Tafelsig but we realised it was not a conducive environment and we could not attract more dancers from all over Mitchell’s Plain so we decided to move to an area more central,” says Judy Rhodes, studio manager.

And since then the studio has taken off with a bang. With a steady group of committed dancers and a choreographer that keeps them on their toes, the studio has seen a constant intake of new learners.

Ignatius Pastor has been the groups choreographer for several years and is an accomplished hip-hop dancer himself.

“The children just love Ignatius,” says Rhodes.

The studio currently has 20 children who attend regular classes to hone in on their skills. At the moment the youngest dancer is 5 years old.

Pastor says the studio is no one trick pony. “We do introductions to different styles of dancing and incorporate them into our dances,” says Pastor.

The studio currently has a competition team who will set off to Austria later this year to compete on the world stage (“Dancing their way to the top”, People’s Post, 12 July).

Rhodes says they encourage all ages to join in on the group. And although they do not have a competition team for the younger dancers yet, they hope to enter them into competitions in the near future.

Travis Hammersley signed his daughter up with the studio not too long ago.

“[My daughter] loves to dance and used to do krump in Ottery. Then I heard about the studio at the indoor centre and we checked it out. She tried the first lesson and enjoyed it. People always think Mitchell’s Plain is the worst place to have anything started because of gangs and drugs but if we keep it in Mitchell’s Plain we can have the talent grown instead of spending extra money taking our children outside.”

Another parent, Maretta Afrika, says: “We were looking for something closer to home and I can tell they really have a passion for dance and it comes from the heart. It is hard work but the children love it and if there is no class the children complain. This is a great way to promote something that has been built in our community for our children who can’t always move out.”

V Classes are held every Saturday at the Portland Indoor Centre from 10:30 to 11:30 for children under 12 and from 11:30 to 12:30 for 12+. For more information email set4dance@gmail.com or call Rhodes on 074 260 7459 or Pastor on 071 043 3746.

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