Recital to give junior ballet dancers a chance to shine

The Cape Town Junior Ballet dancers who will take part in the Symphony of Dance recital next month.

Young ballet dancers are set to shine in the upcoming Symphony of Dance recital at Bergvliet High School next month.

The show will feature 39 Cape Town Junior Ballet dancers, aged 13 to 18, in a diverse programme including contemporary dance and excerpts from the classics such as Swan Lake and Coppélia.

“We believe that dancers today need to be skilled in more than just one genre of dance. Ballet is our focal training, but we extend students with other dance styles such as contemporary and musical theatre,” said Kim Day, the director of Rondebosch-based Cape Town Junior Ballet.

Jannes Emmerich, a 13-year-old from Paarl who has been doing ballet since the age of 4, said: “It is really cool to be part of this production.”

Cleto van Rooi, 18, from Stellenbosch, said: “I love dancing a lot. It allows me to express myself fully.” Last year, he performed in Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty at the Artscape.

Kai Damon, 14, from Rondebosch, was 3 when she started ballet. “Ballet allows me to express emotions that are not always easy to express, and it makes me feel confident,” she said.

Emma Rasmussen, 15, from Newlands, performed in The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet at the Artscape last year. “I always had good teachers that have motivated me to do ballet very well,” she said.

There will be performances on Friday October 13, at 7pm, an on Saturday October 14, at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets cost R150 through Quicket. Email Ms Day at kimday@mweb.co.za for details.