Dance duo set to make Cape Town proud

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - THEMBEKA DLAMUKA

LO­CAL dance cou­ple Michele la Trobe and Olek­sii Ishchenko will be fly­ing the flag for Cape Town in the semi-finals of SA’s Got Tal­ent this month, after get­ting the golden buzzer from judge Jamie Bartlett.

Still reel­ing from the ex­cite­ment, the cou­ple, who per­formed a stun­ning clas­si­cal piece, said the hon­our had forced them to work even harder.

“When you’ve got a goal you work harder than you oth­er­wise would have,” La Trobe, from Clare­mont said.

They met at the Bovim Bal­let, but were danc­ing with dif­fer­ent part­ners. “Olek­sii ap­proached me to be­come his dance part­ner as he thought I was the per­fect match for what he wanted to do.”

She wasn’t keen at first, but to­day that’s all his­tory. The 34-year-old has been danc­ing all her life; both her par­ents were bal­let dancers.

Ishchenko, 30, moved from his Ukraine home to Cape Town three years ago and set­tled in Somerset West.

He started danc­ing at 6 and his train­ing in­cluded bal­let, hip hop, jazz, jazz funk, Ir­ish tap, stage acro- bat­ics, Latin, tra­di­tional folk, dance and ball­room. He was of­fered a spot in a pro­fes­sional bal­let school at 10 and at 17 be­came a pro­fes­sional dancer as part of the Virsky Bal­let Com­pany. Of his part­ner, he said: “Michele is a phe­nom­e­nal dancer, with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. She’s ab­so­lutely fear­less.”

The pair are a clas­si­cal act who per­form en pointe in a Cirque du Soleil style.

They will be at the Artscape at 7pm on Tues­day in a Rachel’s Wishes pro­duc­tion to raise funds for the Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

That line- up in­cludes Ma­jozi, 3 Tons of Fun, Vicky Samp­son, Dance for All, Cape Welsh Choir, Zip Zap Cir­cus and the New Apos­tolic Church Chil­dren’s Choir. The cou­ple will be back on Oc­to­ber 16 to fight for a spot in the finals of SA’s Got Tal­ent. thembeka.dlamuka@

inl.co.za

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Michele La Trobe, 34, and Olek­sii Ishchenko, 30, re­ceived a golden buzzer from Jamie Bartlett in SA’s Got Tal­ent that sent them straight to the semi-finals.

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