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Mzansi Ballet brings the magic of Christmas through song and dance

Mzansi Ballet. Picture: Jebimages

Mzansi Ballet. Picture: Jebimages

Published Nov 14, 2021

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South Africa’s top dancers and singers are ready to welcome the festive season with thrilling ballet and dance piece, The Christmas Show.

Performed by Mzansi Ballet, The Christmas Show will feature some of the most loved Christmas classics as well as contemporary Christmas hits including Little Drummer Boy, Holly Jolly Christmas, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, and many more.

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Show director Dirk Badenhorst said: “I wanted to create a unique Christmas show celebrating the festive season with some of the Christmas standards such as ’Silent Night’, ’Oh Holy Night’ and ’All I want for Christmas’, with the beautiful dancers of Mzansi Ballet.

“Then we were fortunate to have the choreographic talents of Xola Willie, Angela Revie and Michael Revie. Finally, we were able to add the beautiful voices of Abel Knobel and Dikelo Mamiala. What a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.”

“This is truly a family event. An event for all South Africans. The audience members will enjoy the comfort of the known Christmas spirit, combined with the wonderful diversity of this beautiful theatrical celebration of the festive season. Ballet, dance and beautiful music,” he added.

Founded by Badenhorst in 2012, Mzansi Ballet is a unique dance company, focusing on unearthing untapped talent in underprivileged places such as Soweto and Alexandra.

“Mzansi Ballet is a home for such a diverse group of dancers and we have been able to stage shows in and out of South Africa.

“We are in the process of creating a new ballet for South Africa and the world, based on the Gold Rhino of Mapungubwe, with a brand new score being composed, new costumes and sets being designed for this wonderful celebration of ballet and dance.

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“We have also started the Mzansi Ballet School at Fourways Mall and the children of our school have been very fortunate to be included in some of our shows,” he said.

The Christmas Show opens at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre on November 17 and runs till December 5.

Tickets are available at Computicket for R250.

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