@ the Ballet

@-The-Ballet

With: Youth Dance Company Tshwane

Youth Dance Company of Tshwane (YDCT) has been in existence since 2002.  The company was founded by three former ballet professionals Sue Kirkland, Christopher Montague and Tanja Graafland, the latter both principal dancers during the hey days of Pact and State Theatre Ballet.  The company specialises in performance based training, where young students are given a feel for the rigours of a professional dance company.  Following on from the success of performing at the Wakkerstroom Music Festival last year, the company has been invited to perform again at the prestigious Festival.

YDCT will be dancing for 2 performances showcasing the company in a programme called @The Ballet Wakkerstroom 2017.   The programme brings a unique blend of both classical and neo-classical works which celebrate the beauty of dance in its many incarnations.  Our dancers, ranging in age from 10 to 17, will tackle works that require strong technique, musicality and artistry. This year the company will be performing a new work Les Patineurs.  This well-known ballet choreographed by Frederick Ashton, has inspired the team to create a piece inspired by the original.  The company will also perform extracts from Cinderella, Snow Maiden and La Boutique Fantasque. The programme is rounded off with a uniquely Jazz inspired work choreographed by Sue Kirkland to the beautiful voice and music of Aretha Franklin.  A fitting tribute to the queen of soul.

This diverse programme promises to entertain both lovers of dance and music, young and old.