For young aspiring ballerinas, novices, cavaliers and balletomanes the Cape Town City Ballet’s Open Day saw an abundance of entertainment suited to the whole family. In conjunction with UCT School of Dance and the Cape Junior Ballet, a diverse and enlightening variety of activities was on offer throughout the day. Highlights included a Company Class taught by ballerina Tracy Li, face painting and costume ‘experiences’, an ‘Introduction to Ballet’ class open to all ages, a performance by Jikeleza (Cape Town City Ballet’s Outreach group) and a look into the life of a student dancer at the UCT School of Dance.
My personal highlight of the day was a look into snippets of the rehearsal for the upcoming production of Giselle under the expert eye and light-hearted leadership of Prof Elizabeth Trigaardt, with Senior Principal dancer Megan Swart in attendance. We were spoilt rotten with repertoires from the same production along with others such as Sleeping Beauty and The Italian Affair, all performed for a small extra fee to raise funds for the City Ballet.
Other fundraisers included a variety of spectacular short repertoires from the young boys from the CTCB’s Male Development Programme, presented by Keith Mackintosh, Artistic Coordinator and Director of Outreach & Planning at CTCB. Mackintosh is continually seeking to encourage and empower young male dancers in the study of dance, while helping them to develop the skills required to become professional dancers.
Other contemporary ballet and dance included the all-clad-in-black attire of ‘Quando Quando Quando’, the graceful beauty of Laura Bosenberg in ‘Very Unusual Way’, the daringly naughty ‘Let’s Do It’ and a teasing yet elegant performance of ‘Under My Skin’. We were also treated to short repertoires from Sleeping Beauty performed by two CTCB ballerinas and one boy from the Male Development programme. I left feeling enlightened and delighted, and looking forward to the next Open Day.
by Andrea Cibrario
The Cape Town City Ballet’s open day took place on 31 March 2012.
If you liked this review, read our review of the WPDTA Showcase of Dance.