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"A Festive Celebration" on the 8th of December 2018
Dear readers. It’s been a fantastic year for Dancescape South Africa (DSA). This year we were able to support Lihle Mfene to pursue further training at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and he will be joined by Lutho Zwedala next year. We employ two Resident Teachers and have recently added a Public Relations Officer who continues to do great work for us in the townships. We would be unable to do all of this without the kind donations of individuals from all around the world. This year our dancers won numerous awards at the Montagu Youth Arts Festival including the Best Dance Entry of the Festival 2018. We recently received the Winelands Mayoral Tourism Award for Best Special Project. To top the year up we will be showcasing our dancers at a performance called “A Festive Celebration” on the 8th of December at the KWV Building in Montagu. We invite you all to pack a picnic of your favorite eats and drinks and to join us at 4pm on that Saturday afternoon. Throw a blanket down and relax before the performance which will start at 6pm. Tickets are only R50 for Adults and R10 for children. Not only will you enjoy a fabulous evening of great dance but you will also be supporting us to continue our work for the benefit of the youth in the townships. Many of you have supported us and in particular Fiona Sargeant throughout the years. Fiona sadly passed away in 2017 and her wish was for the work that she started to continue. Only with your support will this be possible. For booking and more information please phone Mitya at 078 295 7879 or Patricia at 061 920 6940.
Nothing but Double Gold for the Dancescape Dancers
Had the Late Fiona Sargeant been alive today she would have been very proud of The Dancescape South Africa dancers. On Saturday the 18th of August 2018 they performed in 9 entries at this year’s Montagu Youth Arts Festival. All 9 pieces, which ranged from Ballet to contemporary and Pantsula, received double gold certificates. Whilst working with the dancers Fiona would have said “What you put in, is what you get out”. The dancers who are trained by Manie and Farouk Irving and directed by Mitya Sargeant have now receiving the benefits of what they had put in after hours and hours of hard work. Apart from the clean run of double gold they also received awards for the Best Ballet Group, Best Contemporary Group, Best Ballet Solo (Lutho Zwedala) and Best Ballet Duet/Trio/Quartet (Sibabalo November and Anele Bizwaphi). Trophies were also awarded to the Best Group Overall Entry and to the Most Promising Dancer (Lutho Zwedala). Manie and Farouk are delighted with the progress of the students and hope to build upon the success of this year’s festival.