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Saturday, March 25, 2017


(Musa Hlatshwayo)

Acclaimed Durban dancer, choreographer and dance educator Musa Hlatshwayo and founder of Mhayise Productions has created The danceXercise Lab which will take place at Stable Theatre.

“Many people have been asking Mhayise Productions for a dance exercise class that is fun and targets a variety of people that might not be familiar with artistic theatre dance and might not have previous dance experience. As an extension to the Movement Laboratory, the company has then put together The danceXercise Lab programme which is sure to get masses dancing themselves into shape,” explains Hlatshwayo.

This programme is set to have three weekly sessions that will each last an hour, excluding post-class stretching.

The company has choreographed classes of easy-to-learn fun dance exercises from the current popular songs and dance styles that will have the participants dance and sing along while strengthening, toning and bursting calories in an intense–but-fun one-hour class. These exercises have been choreographed to popular songs and dance styles ranging from hip-hop, sbujwa, gqomu, afro-jazz, house music and many others. The exercises borrow from taebo, afro-zumba, marabi/ sophiatown township jazz, step aerobics and most importantly from the current ‘local dance’ styles – stylized into fitness exercises.

Participants will be required to pay a once-off joining fee of R150 and a monthly fee of R100. Some basic gym merchandise will be sold to the participants in the form of T-shirts, sweatbands and many others. Debit order systems and or annual payment plans will be allowed. Members who opt to pay a once off annual fee will get the benefits one free month and a free ticket to one of Mhayise Productions’ local dance seasons. 

The DanceXercise Lab participants will be encouraged to consider taking free extra dance classes with the Movement Laboratory on Saturdays. The Movement Laboratory is Mhayise Productions’ long-standing free dance training platform which features representatives of various arts training groups from townships and rural areas in and around Durban, teachers from schools that offer arts related subjects, students and scholars who studying towards performing arts related qualifications as well as the general public with interest in accessing Movement and Dance training at no charge.

The programme will also have relations with other local fitness programmes where those involved will get to collaborate on excursions, outings and bootcamps by other fitness lifestyle fanatics.  Such will be planned and communicated separately where separate charges will apply.

Dates and times
Mondays and Wednesdays: 17h00 to 18h00 and Saturdays: 08h30 to 09h30

The programme opens officially on March 25. Bring movement clothes, comfortable running takkies, a juice bottle, a face towel, joining fee and a friend.

Members will be allowed to bring in one friend or family member to one session per month.  

The Stable Theatre is situated at 115 Johannes Nkosi/ Alice Street and has plenty of secure parking space inside the complex with a security guard at the gate.

Contacts: or facebook: The danceXercise lab