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Friday, August 23, 2013


Dance lovers young and old can expect a wide selection of dance classes and workshops during the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience which takes place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN from August 28 to September 8.

The most loved fringe, which is the Jomba! Youth Fringe (for youth under 16 years of age) will take place at Cato Manor in the Wiggins Community Hall on August 31 starting at 14:30. This year’s youth fringe will feature works by many of Durban’s dance development programmes showing off the impressive dance training being given. It will feature no less than 20 groups of young dancers from KZN.

Jomba! Fringe which will take place on September 1 at 19h30 is an open performance platform which provides an opportunity for up-coming choreographers (dancers over 16 - some new to choreography and some professional dancers) to present their work in a professional environment with the support of a full technical team. This is one of the ways in which the Jomba! festival offers assistance in developing new and young talent by offering them the space to experiment. Selection of participants is done by a panel of experts via the scrutiny of entry forms. Preference is given to choreographers who have already made at least one work in the idiom of contemporary dance.

This year’s selected choreographers consist of a selection of KZN-based choreographers such as Durban’s own 031 Floor Assassins (Preston ‘Kayzo’ Kyd, Craig Katts, Sihle ‘Wooda’ Magubane and Byron ‘Bizzo’ Tifflin) and Durban-based Sifiso ‘Kitsona’ Khumalo from the Flatfoot Training Company, UKZN Howard College student Caitlin Perkins, Zakhele Ndlovu from the University of Zululand, J.C. Zondi from UKZN in Pietermaritzburg, Bonwa Mbontsi and Teagan Peacock from Pietermaritzburg, Kieron Jina from City Varsity in Johannesburg, Finch & Sizakele from Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in Johannesburg, Themba Mbuli from Cape Town and Annie Kloppenberg of Portland, Oregon USA.

Jomba! Dance and Choreography workshops are open to members of the public over the age of 16 and begin on August 24 and run until September 5, all of the workshops will be held in the Dance Studio of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College Campus).

These workshops are offered free of charge however booking is essential as places are limited, to book a place you can contact 082 875 6065 or e-mail Dates and times for the workshops are available on the Centre for Creative Arts website