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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


The ever-popular Shall We Dance Ballroom and Latin American showcase presents its comprehensive annual dance extravaganza which features approximately 100 of the region’s most exciting dancers as well as top award-winning industry professionals, in the Playhouse Opera for a short season from September 13 to 21.

The featured couples this year are Ryan Hammond and Lindsey Muckle; the duo are currently performing on Strictly Come Dancing SA and are the undefeated British Latin American Show Dance Champions. Adding to the Latin dancers, Hammond’s baby brother, Darren will pair with Milla Lykke Nielson from Denmark; Ballroom is provided by Penwell Nhlapo from Gauteng and Yulia Kharlova from Russia, and Durban's own STATIK return to the stage.

Shall We Dance once more promises to delight audiences with its carefully-chosen mix of quality dance – with an underlying Ballroom and Latin American feel. Featured styles besides Ballroom and Latin are Ballet; Belly Dance; Hip-Hop; Line Dance; Modern; Spanish, and Tap. The MC is once again East Coast Radio's Damon Beard.

This annual showcase came into being in 1991, and is probably the longest enduring annual production in Durban, if not in South Africa. It is presented by the Playhouse Company in association with the South African Dance Teachers’ Association, with a supporting grant from Business and Arts South Africa. Direction is by Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens.

Shall We Dance runs in the Playhouse Opera from September 13 to 21. For information about charity performances and to book, call Computicket on 0861 915 8000.