Words of gratitude to the supporters

2019-07-16 06:00
34/18 Youth Dance Company at the Centenary Hall in Grahamstown.

34/18 Youth Dance Company at the Centenary Hall in Grahamstown.

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A local dance teacher and artistic director, Wendi Abrahams is thankful to all supporters of the Grassy Park-based 34/18 Youth Dance Company following “an amazing welcome” at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival last month.

“We were well supported by the public, and we had people from Cape Town in the audience, they always look for us at the shows. We were 90% supported and that is wonderful,” says Abrahams.

“But most importantly it was good performing to an audience outside Cape Town, enjoying a different environment and atmosphere and showcasing our young talent,” she continues.

She took 11 senior dancers and six young choreographers to the festival where they performed for three days in a row. The dancers were Nina Abrahams, Amy-Jade Adams, Shannon Bester, Brooklyn Conradie, Mekhi de Gruchy, Zoë Koeries, Jenna Koopman, Zoë Lemore, Kirsten Okkers, Cidney Stringer and Tamara Williams.

They stunned the audience with their variety of genres from ballet, contemporary dance and a bit of hip hop in a remix of classical dancing. Their costumes complemented their flexible energetic moves and they received a standing ovation.

It was the fifth time that they had attended the festival.

They have also participated in other local and international shows.

In 2017 they received the Standard Bank Encore Ovation Award.

Abrahams says it is important for her to take dancers to platforms like this to give them broader exposure that would help to inspire them.

She says most of the dancers do not have the privilege of watching bigger shows or to perform on bigger stages and it is part of her vision to uplift and create opportunities for dancers in the surrounding communities.


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