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Dancescape develops virtuoso dancers

Stomach in! Chest out! Swift and light feet! Dance away!

Members of Dancescape South Africa (DSA) are dancing their way to success. The dancing group from Zolani in Ashton was founded by Mitya Sargeant and his late wife, Fiona, in 2016.

The group has since won numerous awards and accolades, and was recently awarded the prestigious Mayoral Tourism Award.

According to Sargeant, the focus of the group is to develop the youth from disadvantaged and rural communities through dance as well as to preserve his wife’s legacy after she died in 2017. “My wife has been working in townships for a long time,” he said. “It was her passion. Before her death I was not actively involved with DSA, but when she got sick I came to Zolani with her because I wanted to help her as I come from a dancing background.”

The group trains daily and Sargeant says becoming a dancer does not happen overnight. “It’s the culmination of several years of daily training and performing whenever the opportunities are available,” she said. “It’s much like a plant that needs nurturing and water to grow. The children of our townships require the same time, effort and training to grow to their full potential.”

Their dancing styles ranges from ballet, contemporary and traditional.

One of the dancers, Lutho Zwedala, who has danced for more than 10 years says he loves dancing. “I started dancing because I was inspired by my cousins who danced,” he said. He added that he appreciated the work DSA does.

The group is inviting all to their performance at KWV in Montagu on Saturday 8 December. Tickets cost R50 for adults and R10 for children. The performance starts at 18:00, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic basket and enjoy their treats at the venue from 16:00. For more information, visit DSA’s website, www.dancescapesouthafrica.org.za, or contact Mitya on 078 295 7879.

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