SA team cho­sen for Dubai dance fest


DURBAN’S Ku­mari Veloshani Man­icum Dance Academy has been se­lected to rep­re­sent South Africa at In­dia’s In­ter­na­tional Groove­fest (IIG) in Dubai in a few weeks.

Man­icum said the academy would com­pete in the semi-clas­si­cal cat­e­gory.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, IIG is an in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive event that aims to pro­vide a global plat­form for dance en­thu­si­asts.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to am­a­teurs as well as trained pro­fes­sion­als who are pas­sion­ate about danc­ing.

For its in­au­gu­ral year, the com­pe­ti­tion will be held at the Hart­land Au­di­to­rium in Dubai.

“As an academy of dance our great­est hope for our time in Dubai is to be able to raise the flag of South Africa high through dance, and to be able to con­nect with other teams from around the world.

“We’re def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to learn­ing by watch­ing the dif­fer­ent styles of dance and con­cepts of dance that will help us un­der­stand the way other dance acad­e­mies per­form,” said Man­icum. “Dance is of­ten as­sumed to be a re­ally easy sport. How­ever, once a stu­dent is reg­is­tered at an academy, only then do they re­alise the ef­fort and ded­i­ca­tion that dance re­quires.

“My team trains four times a week dur­ing the evenings. This is be­sides the the­ory that we gain from our re­search and the hours of watch­ing videos on­line that show­case dif­fer­ent forms and con­cepts of dance.

“To us ev­ery form of dance is equally im­por­tant, al­though we spe­cialise in Bharatha Natyam. So watch­ing other forms of dance helps us find the link that joins all the arts to­gether.”

Man­icum said she was in­spired by her stu­dents in her con­tin­ued jour­ney in dance.

“Be­ing able to watch a thought be­ing vis­ually dis­played to the beat of a song is the most amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Dance cre­ates a world of free­dom and en­ables the ex­press­ing of emo­tions through move­ment. It has the abil­ity to help a child over­come stress and de­pres­sion.”

The team leaves for Dubai on Novem­ber 14.


A team from the Ku­mari Veloshani Man­icum Dance Academy will soon make its way to Dubai to rep­re­sent South Africa at an in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val. The team con­sists of Ku­mari Veloshani Man­icum, Max­ine Mu­ru­gan, Divenita Goven­der and Valen­tia Pil­lay.

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