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New Friendly City Dance Festival takes to the stage this August

Aug 2, 2018
New Friendly City Dance Festival takes to the stage this August

The brand-new Friendly City Dance Festival takes to the PE Opera House stage om 20 to 25 August with over 650 dancers participating in over 1000 dance items.

The festival aims to showcase all dance genres and foster a love of dance for performers and audience alike, as well as to afford students the opportunity to perform and compete on stage in friendly competition and have their dance ability adjudicated in a constructive manner by professionals in the dance field.

Dance genres featured in the festival include national dance, ballet, contemporary, modern, hip-hop and tap, as well as two new festival dance categories: rhythmic dance and show-dance. Dance studios from Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch, Kirkwood, Jeffrey’s Bay and as far afield as Knysna have entered our inaugural festival.

These include:

Kareen’s School of Dance, Walmer School of Dance, Susan Zerbst School of Ballet, Debbie Ralph Ballet School, Dance Dynamics, The Ballet Conservatory, The Ballet Studio (Uitenhage), Portia Appolis Dance School, Totally Tap & Modern Dance Studio, Hosking Academy of Dance (Kirkwood), Sidwell Roman’s Ballet School (Knysna); Elvinia’s School of Dance (Knysna), La Vo Dance Company, Natasha Tait Dance School, Ibhayi Rhythmic Gymnastics, Allstarz Dance Academy; and Robyn D’Arcy School of Dance (Jeffrey’s Bay).

Well-known dance personalities Karen Jooste, a former professional CAPAB ballet dancer who runs her own dance studio in Cape Town, and Sean Bovim, professional dancer and founder/director of BOVIM Ballet, will adjudicate at the festival.

After 5 days of dance competition, the festival will culminate in a GALA CONCERT on Saturday 25th August 2018 at 18h30.   Our adjudicators will select Champions in each dance discipline, as well as ‘Adjudicator’s Choice’ items to dance at this concert and guest artists from the McWilliams Dance academy, the vocalist Skye Phillips and other ‘surprise’ items will perform at the gala concert.

This festival was made possible through generous donations from our Founder Members –

Shirley Smith, Rennasance Construction, the Claassen Family, the Hagedorn-Hansen’s, Mollenaar & Griffiths Attorneys, the Slabbert family, the Weakley family, the Moore family, Debbie Ralph, Kareen & Laetitia Breytenbach, Zoe and Ava van der Walt, the Hattingh’s, the Joshua family, Kareen’s Dance Studio Students & Parents.

Festival shows will take place daily from Monday to Friday at 11:00, 14:00 and 18:00. The matinee show on Saturday is at 14:00 and the gala finale concert on Saturday night will start at 18:30

Tickets for the festival go on sale at Computicket on 1st August 2018.

Image: WORLD OF DANCE - Rehearsing their “Everybody Jump” piece for the Friendly City Dance Festival are Walmer School of Dance pupils, from left, Luhle Jakavula, Melanie Thompson, Kate Weakley, Michaela Foxcroft, Sarah Hagedorn-Hansen, Louise Daniel, Belinda Taljaard, Rachelle Abels, Britney Shaw, Anneke Claassen, Cara Cannon and Monique Slabbert. (Photo Credit: Brad Peens)