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.
Mitya Sargeant wins 1st prize at Montagu Book Festival
Mitya Sargeant, the director of Dancescape South Africa, has won first prize at this year’s Montagu Book Festival held in July 2018. He entered an English short story entitled “In pursuit of a dream”. The story is based on the workings of the Dancescape South Africa project and tells the story of a young dancer who has changed his life through hard work and commitment. The story also honors our founder member, the Late Fiona Sargeant. The story has been published in a book called “Sprankel” Please click here to read the full story……
Dancescape Dance Teachers:
Farouk and Manie Irving
Farouk and Manie Irving have between them over 35 years of experience as professional dancers. They have both worked with the Cape Town City Ballet, the Playhouse Dance Company, Ikapa Dance company and the Bovim Ballet. They have both won Balletomane Awards for their dancing achievements. They both trained with Dudley Tomlinson at the University of Cape Town and Manie continued his training at the Urdang Academy of the Performing Arts in London. They have also performed in Musical Theatre and Manie has taken on acting roles and worked in stunts. Farouk who is 7 years older than Manie has several years of experience teaching at various organizations around Cape Town. Both brothers have spent time away from the theatre to work in a business environment, however their passion for the performing arts prevailed and both Farouk and Manie now want to give their vast knowledge and experience back to the career that has given them so much.
|Farouk Irving||Manie Irving|
|Farouk and Manie teaching class|