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Friday, March 28, 2014


The South African Society for the Advancement of Dancing (SASAD) has done it again, only this time even better. Their annual Dance Congress, currently running at Danville Girls High School in Durban North, draws tutors and students from all points of the globe, to come together and learn from each other.

This prestigious event, which runs from March 29 to 31, has grown from strength to strength, and many overseas artists and choreographers are keen to come and share with the students their knowledge of the various forms of dance that they specialise in. The congress is open for students from as young as 5 years of age. There are nine dance disciplines that the students can participate in, namely, Ballet, Jazz, Street Jazz, African Contemporary, Release Technique, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre.

The Ballet classes will be tutored by Jessica Kidwell (Junior) and Annebelle Wahl (Seniors, Pointe and repertoire classes). Jessica was locally trained in Durban and went on to dance for PACT. She relocated to the UK in 1998 where she spent eight years training the students at the Royal Ballet School in London specializing in core stability and strength as well as flexibility and fitness. In 2010 Jessica was approached to train the ‘Billy Elliots’ for the musical Billy Elliot on London’s West End. Annebelle furthered her Dance teaching studies in London for three years at The College of the Royal Academy of Dance. She is currently teaching Ballet, Modern and National dance at own Studio in Roodepoort, Gauteng , as well as acting as an approved Tutor and facilitator for the Royal Academy of Dance Faculty of Education , and Examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, National Faculty , and Adjudicator for dance competitions and Festivals nationally.

Lisa Wilson will be taking the Contemporary classes. Lisa is a dance educator, performer and choreographer from Kingston, Jamaica. She is a newcomer to the South African arts scene having only been recently appointed lecturer and course convener at the School of Dance, University of Cape Town. She loves teaching dance and is a firm believer in the power of dance, and the arts, to transform mind, body and soul.

Ashley Searle will be taking the Musical Theatre classes and the Junior Jazz Classes. Ashley has become a popular choice for inspirational dance workshops not only for his theatrical attitude to dance and performance, but also for his charm and charisma with a crowd. His company Follow Spot Productions has flourished producing four shows to date performing all over South Africa to sold out audiences.

Maxwell Rani will conduct the African Contemporary classes, which will bridge the gap for students who are looking to break into the local world of dance, which more often than not includes a form of African dance. Maxwell is a lecturer at the University Of Cape Town School Of Dance.

Kerry Domoney will take the Tap classes. Kerry is the Owner and Director of Rhythm Productions Dance Centre, creative director of Grace Dance Company, principal and teacher of dance training in modern, tap, contemporary dance and technique, director and principal of teachers training and consultant to free lance teachers.

The local Hip Hop fraternity has not been left out, as SASAD has secured the services of Jason Sisam. Jason has “The Sky is the Limit” attitude and is driven by his passion for dance!! He is from Cape Town and is the Founder & Creative Director of DHONAA Productions™.

Nicola Haskins will be taking Release Technique......the 'release technique' describes movements which follow the natural lines and movements of the body. These techniques are not choreographed, and involve the movements that the body would make; say if one was fainting, stretching, exhaling, etc.

This Dance Congress is open to all teachers and students of dance, and enquiries can be forwarded to Des on 082 5631995, or email