Dancers gear up for a performance with dogs

The dancers collaborating for mass sterilisation of animals in need in Cape Town will be at Artscape Opera House from 19:30.
The dancers collaborating for mass sterilisation of animals in need in Cape Town will be at Artscape Opera House from 19:30.

Local dancers participating in the Dancers Love Dogs (DLD) show, taking place at the Artscape theatre in the CBD on Saturday 5 October, are training with their dogs.

The dancers are determined to raise R450 000 by the end of the year, equivalent to the amount they raised last year.

DLD is a non-profit organisation (NPO) and they work closely with NPOs that take care of sick and stray animals. They also run mass sterilisation programmes. They host the show annually and this year’s event is the eighth performance, one of their biggest fundraising events of the year.

Dancers come from different professional studios in Cape Town and share a love for animals. Unfortunately for those keen to see the dancing dogs, only four pooches can be accommodated on the stage.

“It (the show) is honestly beautiful – many of the dogs have been rescued and the owners are trying to overcome the dogs’ insecurities with constant training and reassurance,” says Brigitte Reeve Taylor, founder of DLD.

While the dancers and their dogs will be covering genres such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop, comedian, Alan Committie, will be the master of ceremonies.

“I honestly believe we all have a talent that we can use for a greater cause. We have all been designed for something greater than ourselves and our contribution to the world needs to have meaning,” says Reeve Taylor.

She urges people to adopt at local shelters or to volunteer to walk the dogs.

Alternatively one can drop off a bag of food or a blanket.

V Tickets cost R300 per person and are available at https://bit.ly/2ZtuTiX. For more information visit the Dancers Love Dogs Facebook page.

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