In the heart of the dance is a story

Curro Hillcrest do a dance entitled: Newsies. PHOTOS: Tracey van den Aardweg

SHOWCASING the diversity of talent in local schools, recently more than 200 dancers pirouetted, krumped and jived at a glorious festival of artistic expression, revealing the rich talent of KZN’s youth.

Sadly, because dance as an art form doesn’t garner the support of sponsors that sport or even music does, this form of creative ability often remains unexposed.

For some performers this provided the first experience of dancing in public away from their own school stage, for others it was an opportunity to choreograph their first dance sequence, and for some urban youth it was simply a magical moment of creative expression.

Participating schools and dance schools in the Dance to tell a story festival were Epworth, Chelsea Blair Dance Company, Slangspruit, Kearsney College, Russell High School, Durban Girls’ High, St Mary’s DSG, Curro Hillcrest, Maritzburg College, Maris Stella, Howick High School, KZN Dance Company, Dance Academy Kloof and Durban.

The dance event formed part of Culture@Kearsney, a year-long programme of events designed to provide a platform from which teachers and learners can show their talents and creativity in fine and performing arts.

The dance festival is part of other inter-schools Culture@Kearsney events: an evening of words and slam poetry to test the skills of youthful linguists, a celebration of choirs, a photographic competition, art exhibition and one-act plays.

Michelle Dennis

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