‘To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak’
GRAAFF-REINET — On November 2 and 3, the Chinelle School Of Dancing, with a studio of 80 pupils, had its yearly dance exhibition at the John Rupert Theatre with extracts from The Nutcracker and modern, tap and hip-hop performances.
“I am so proud of the girls,” said Chinelle Marais. The evening started off with a demonstration of what happens at the studio before practices, with stretching, and practising routines in the different dance styles.
The first half comprised the extract from The Nutcracker, and in the second half, the pupils were able to showcase the other dance styles. The girls have obviously worked extremely hard this year, especially in the past few months.
Pupils ranging in age from 3 to 18 years participated in this production. Rehearsals took place at the John Rupert Theatre from early in October in order to familiarise the girls with the stage and surroundings, which was especially important for the little ones. Chinelle is delighted to have such a wonderful venue for her productions!
The John Rupert Theatre would like to commend Chinelle’s School of Dance on the production and to highlight the fact that it takes many dedicated hours to produce a ballet like The Nutcracker. It was an excellent show, and all the dedication certainly paid off for the packed audiences.
Chinelle herself has poured her heart and her soul into this production, as have the dancers in their various groups and styles of dance and levels of expertise.
The all-girl cast practised daily, sometimes in between maintenance work and other activities. Chinelle has taught her pupils the skills of dance for many years, some from complete beginners until the end of their high school careers.
Chinelle managed to incorporate all the dancers from her school of dance and each and every one had at least one turn to dance on stage.
The very young ones delighted the crowds with their innocent characters and cute costumes. Chinelle has to train and teach the etiquette of dance to these girls before she can even consider putting on a production for the public. The younger girls get tired and bored waiting for the girls who have bigger roles and longer dances.
Single-handedly she pulls it off and fills the seats in the theatre for at least three performances.
The John Rupert Theatre committee is proud to have the Theatre being utilised for shows like this and encourages the Graaff-reinet community to get involved with the shows, to watch them, to use the Theatre and keep the joy of theatrical entertainment alive.