SA International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) 2021It’s International Dance Day on Friday 29 April 2022 and to tie in with global festivities around the occasion, the South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC), in association with the Suidoosterfees, will be hosting the largest Ballet-A-Thon class and studio rehearsal simultaneously in various venues around the country and several world cities.

The 45 minute class, suitable for age 8 and upwards, will be taught in Johannesburg by prominent Mzansi Ballet teachers, and the entire event will be live streamed from 3pm to 6pm, Central Africa Time.

In exciting news, the SAIBC Founder and Director Dirk Badenhorst has also announced that two high profile Artistic Directors – Ted Brandsen of the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam and Hope Muir from the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, will introduce the event on the day. Siphesihle November, the South African-born principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada will also teach an excerpt of a duet he recently choreographed entitled On Solid Ground. It will be performed the same afternoon by dancers from The National Ballet of Canada: First Soloist Tanya Howard, who also hails from South Africa, who will be partnered by Corps de Ballet member Peng-Fei Jiang.

International Dance Day 2022

Fun-filled mass event

The aim of the fun-filled, mass event is to draw attention in the boldest way possible to ballet in SA and Africa, and to raise funds for the next South African International Ballet Competition that will be taking place 26 to 30 July 2022 at the Artscape Opera House. The Ballet-A -Thon class will take place outdoors, on the piazza in front of the main staircase at Artscape, the world class opera house that has been the competition venue since the SAIBC’s inception in 2008. Participants will follow the teachers’ instructions on a huge TV screen, courtesy of the Suidoosterfees placed at the top of the stairs.

The dance class, incorporating centre-work only, will be taught in balletic style. Routines will be basic and easy to follow. Dancers are encouraged to dress up in bright colours and fun outfits and can wear the shoes of their choice, be it pointes, ballet pumps or sneakers, bearing in mind they’ll be dancing on a solid concrete surface.

It costs R200 per dancer to take part in the Ballet-A-Thon. Registration should ideally be done on the ArtOfLife app, available for free download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Alternatively, people can register on site, and people are requested to come with the exact participation fee.To further boost fundraising efforts, dance lovers will be able to donate through the ArtOfLife app as well.

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