PMB dancer’s school to turn 10

2015-07-28 09:49
Keshin Naicker (left) with dance student Cathy Slabber taking to the stage in an extravagant display of twists and turns on Saturday last week.

Keshin Naicker (left) with dance student Cathy Slabber taking to the stage in an extravagant display of twists and turns on Saturday last week. (Amil Umraw)

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AS a tribute to his parents, a young Pietermaritzburg man has endeavoured for a decade to build one of the city’s largest dance academies.

From humble beginnings, teaching two couples at a small hall at the KZN Blind and Deaf Society in Northdale, Keshin Naicker (24) has built the Step Rite School of Dance into a city phenomenon, with more than 120 students all together.

The school, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary next month, was Naicker’s ballroom brainchild while he was still in high school.

Naicker told The Witness that for him, the school is a tribute to his parents who were both professional ballroom dancers but had to give up their passion for dancing after his mother lost her eyesight while giving birth to him.

“Step Rite started as a social dance school to offer something where people could come together and do something as a family,” Naicker said.

Over the years, the school has evolved and Naicker teaches 120 students every week in Pietermaritzburg, Howick and Durban.

Since expanding the school’s curriculum into competition dancing in 2009, some of his students have gone on to claim top spots in provincial and national championships.

Naicker said he has always tried to move with the times, incorporating KZN’s first official structured jazz programme into the school’s dance curriculum.

He started his own dancing career at eight years old and has claimed national titles ever since.

“Ballroom and classical dancing has always been a passion of mine since I first put on my dancing shoes and took the first steps of the waltz,” Naicker said.

“We want those people who watch shows like Strictly Come Dancing on a Friday night to get up and come learn those steps themselves”. — Witness Reporter.
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