New dance festival to take to stage at Opera House

WITH more than 650 dancers participating in over 1 000 dance items, the brand-new Friendly City Dance Festival takes to the PE Opera House stage on Monday, August 20 to Saturday, August 25.

The festival aims to showcase all dance genres and foster a love of dance for performers and audience alike, as well as to afford students the opportunity to perform and compete on stage in friendly competition and have their dance ability adjudicated in a constructive manner by professionals in the dance field.

Dance genres featured in the festival include national dance, ballet, contemporary, modern, hip-hop and tap, as well as two new festival dance categories, namely rhythmic dance and show-dance.

Dance studios from Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch, Kirkwood, Jeffreys Bay and as far afield as Knysna have entered the inaugural festival.

These include, Kareen’s School of Dance, Walmer School of Dance, Susan Zerbst School of Ballet and many more.

Well-known dance personalities Karen Jooste, a former professional CAPAB ballet dancer who runs her own dance studio in Cape Town, and Sean Bovim, a professional dancer and founder of BOVIM Ballet, will adjudicate at the festival.

The festival will culminate in a gala concert at the PE Opera House on Saturday, August 25, at 18:30.

Tickets are available at Computicket.