In celebration of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s diverse culture, eThekwini Municipality’s Arts and Culture Department together with the KZN Dance Link hosted the Giyani Lusha Festival at the Durban Beach Front last Saturday.
This year’s title was‘home’, and over a 100 dancers came out to showcase their artistic talent in the festival.
The Kwa-Mashu School of Dance in collaboration with K-Cap CreDance and God’s Golden Acre (GGA) performed at the Dairy Beach Stairs for the opening of the event.They also performed at the North Beach Sunken Gardens and finally ending at the Amphitheatre where the main performances.
The annual youth dance project includes different dance groups forming more than 100 dancers. Owner and former dancer of the Kwa-Mashu School of Dance Vusi Makhanya expressed his happiness while seeing the youngsters dancing.
“It brings lots of joy seeing the kids dance, especially looking at their faces lighten up while they are doing it. It makes my job worthwhile “, he said.
Igugu Labasha which is owned by Ntombikayise Gasa in partnership with Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre embraced the audience with contemporary dance by a group of young girls and boys called the Bright Sparks at the Sunken Gardens.
The young dancers blew the audience away with their unique moves and passionate facial expressions. Performances which folllowed wereby The Young ones; Igugu Labasha juniors and teens; Pravika’s Kathak Kendra, Surialanga Dance Company and Linda Varga Flamenco Dance Company.
Senior performers and choreographers from the Flatfoot Dance Company; Mhayise Productions, Dusi Dance Company
One of the senior dancers who is also a choreographer, Jabu Siphika saidthat it had been a long journey for her and the kids since rehearsals started before theJune holidays.
“Dancing is a form of communication and it’s been a great experience working with these children, giving back to my community the best way I know how,” she added.
Giyani Lusha dance project was started in 2002 by DanceLink and it
was established to showcase the talents and diversity of KZN’s culture.