Department Supports West Coast and Central Karoo Dancers
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the Heal the World Project have created the perfect platform for dancers and artists from the Eden and Central Karoo regions to showcase their talents at the biggest event on the South African Hip Hop calendar.
Three dance crews from these regions competed in this year’s African Hip Hop Indaba from 31 August to 1 September. Since attending a number of dance workshops throughout the year, hosted by the department and the Heal the World Project, these dancers have improved their skills significantly.
Mr Adrian Kearns of the Arts and Culture directorate says that the performances of the dance crews were highly creative, professional and meticulously choreographed. The No Limits crew of Beaufort West, who didn’t win the regional competition in August this year, was confident to perform at the prestigious African Hip Hop Indaba. Their performances showed how the workshops and mentoring of the dance facilitator impacted on their dance skills.
Kearns said that they incorporated recommendations that were made by the dance facilitator, Ivy Meyer, of Out of Africa Dance Academy regarding their dance routine. Her advice was evident at the African Hip Hop Indaba 2012, where they went through to the knock-out stages, and came third in the "New School" dance division.
Kearns says that the dancers still continue in with dance development in their respective regions. It is evident that the workshops have a visible impact on these dancers and their respective communities.