Dancers step to it for medals

Pictured with their medals are, in front from left, Katiya Isaacs, Summer Fredericks, Roque Dirks, Ashleigh Mclachlan and Taybah Shaik. At the back are Erica Jacobs, Nina Abrahams, ballet teacher Wendi Abrahams, Jenna Koopman, Tamara Williams, Amy Adams, Shannon Bester and Lindsay September and modern dance teacher Jamie Jansen.

The new 34/18 Youth Dance Company from Grassy Park hosted their second annual competition at Zwaanswyk Academy on Saturday April 1.

Dancers lived up to the company’s motto “Made to be awesome” with their performances and some were awarded medals for their efforts.

Ballet teacher Wendi Abrahams said they spent February and March polishing the routines of solo dancers.

While Ms Abrahams handled the ballet section, she said Jamie Jansen groomed the modern dancers.

Choreographer and dance teacher, Lee Piedt was the adjudicator at the competition.

“Ms Piedt watched, commented and awarded dancers from age four to the most experienced 19 year olds. Each dancer was awarded a mark and if there was a dancer who showed promise, she awarded them with a special ‘most promising medal’.”

Ms Abrahams said everyone at the competition “left happy”.

The dancers spent their holiday preparing for the Dreams to Reality show at Artscape which was due to take place today, Wednesday April 19, and tomorrow, Thursday April 20; the Cape Town Eisteddfod; as well as for the Grahamstown Festival in July.