(Pic by Val Adamson)
A sophisticated, spectacular, glamorous and very entertaining event. (Review by Keith Millar)
Durban’s popular annual dance extravaganza, Shall We Dance is back and lighting up the stage at the Playhouse Opera Theatre.
Presented by the South African Dance Teachers Association, KwaZulu-Natal, with the support from The Playhouse Company, this spectacular event showcases top amateur performers from Durban’s leading dance studios along with a sprinkling of top international professional dancers for added spice.
This is the 24th season of what must be one of the longest-running annual shows in South Africa. It has become an institution for Durban dancers and audiences alike, who look forward to Shall We Dance every year with eager anticipation.
Since its inception this fabulous showcase of dance been produced and directed by the highly experienced duo of dance veterans, Caryl Cusens and Neville Letard. They have achieved and maintained an extraordinary standard with their productions and have provided top class entertainment for generations of dance lovers.
Although it is billed as a “Ballroom and Latin American Extravaganza” the show offers a wide variety of styles including tap, belly-dance, Irish, modern and even a bit of ballet.
There are close to 100 performers in the production, the youngest of whom is a mere seven years old. While the choreography is kept relatively simple, all participants dance with wonderful enthusiasm and considerable skill and verve. They display obvious excitement and enjoyment at being able to share their passion and talent with the audience.
Professional dancers participating are the world-ranked Latin dance duo, Darren Hammond and Milla Lykke Nielsen, show-dancers Ryan Hammond with Shall We Dance newcomer Angelique Allison, along with International guest couple, Nicolai Bouet from Denmark and Anna Shagalina from the Ukraine.
They all produced routines of breath-taking and awe-inspiring beauty.
The MC for the show is the popular East Coast Radio DJ Damon Beard.
Shall We Dance is a kaleidoscope of colour, light and sound. There are enough sumptuous drapes, beautiful costumes, glitter, fairy lights, sequins, sparkle, exciting music and beautiful dancers to keep everyone happy. It is a sophisticated, spectacular, glamorous and very entertaining event.
Shall We Dance runs in the Playhouse Opera until September 17. Tickets can be booked at Computicket: www.computicket.co.za or 0861 915 8000. – Keith Millar