Dancers spring into action

The PE Dance Festival takes place this week and the next at the Savoy Theatre Picture supplied
The PE Dance Festival takes place this week and next at the Savoy Theatre Picture supplied

More than 1 000 young dancers are tapping their toes in the annual Port Elizabeth Dance Festival, a feast of ballet, modern dance, tap, hip-hop and Spanish dance at the Savoy Theatre this week and next.

Sean Bovim is adjudicating the modern, tap, hip-hop and Spanish dance section of the festival until Saturday, August 20.

Then RAD examiner and festival adjudicator Dianne Cheesman takes the helm to adjudicate the ballet and national dance section of the festival running from Monday August 22 until Friday August 26.
With so many dancers across all age groups and dance genres competing, this is a much anticipated annual event for dancers, teachers and spectators alike, with each dancer striving for that coveted gold award.

“This event is much like the Olympic Games of dance,” said festival publicist Monica Hewitson.

The festival embraces tiny tots aged from five through to the upper age spectrum of 19 years and over with dance studios not only from Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage but also studios from George, Knysna, Cradock and Graaff Reinet travelling to Port Elizabeth for the festival.

This year’s festival also sees the introduction of a new trophy best student choreography in memory of the late Hermione Ballinger, co-founder of the festival.

This trophy is awarded to a dance student who obtains the highest percentage from the adjudicator for an item choreographed by a senior dance student with no assistance from his or her dance teacher.

Local dance studios will showcase solo items, duets, trios, quartets and groups as well. The festival culminates in the presentation of awards and trophies to junior and senior dance championship winners in the ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and tap categories as well as age group winners.

Daily sessions commence at 12 noon and 6pm and tickets are available at the door or at the Opera House Computicket outlet.
For more information call Monica Hewitson on 083-471-8893.

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