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Pretoria’s latest dance company is taking a step-ball-change in the right direction. Unlike most modern companies, the Déjàvu Dance Company is not concerned with subliminal messages, high art concepts and taking a stand.
Managing director, Monique McCord, makes it clear, “Our goal is to entertain our audiences. We want people to enjoy dance again. Our aim is to bring razzle- dazzle back to theatre. We want to revamp the glorious days of top hats and tails, glamour and glitz”.
The Déjàvu Dance Company consists of nine dancers, trained in jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap and hip hop. It is their versatility that gives them the edge. The dancers are competent enough to readily bounce from one genre to the next, approaching performances from various creative angles in order to give audiences an unrestrained theatrical experience. McCord’s vision is to stage grand spectacles that will entertain the entire family.
As per usual, funding remains an obstacle. However, this company is unrelentingly adamant on making it work. They pack their schedule with corporates to bring in the bucks.
The Déjàvu Dance Company is based at the spectacular Dance de Art Dance Centre in Hatfield which boasts with no less than five dance studios. Company members all teach various classes at the centre where young dancers are trained to, hopefully, become aspirant company members.
Tonight, Déjàvu is performing in the Atterbury Theatre with a production that features their highlights over the last couple of years. To book tickets, contact Monique McCord on 082 379 3530. - Pinto Ferreira