CAPTION: Dejavu Dance Crew lead choreographers Meryl Stanley (from left), her sister Carol-Ann and Eben Dirkse are raring to go on a three-month trip to the US. Pic: Fredlin Adriaan. ©The Herald.
The talented trio – all members of popular Port Elizabeth Hip-hop group Dejavu Dance Crew – has been invited by a top dance studio in the United States.
The artists, whose group is based in Port Elizabeth’s northern suburbs, will be out of the country for a period of three months. They leave on September 3 and will return on December 4.
The trio consisting of the two Stanley sisters Meryl and Carol-Ann and Eben Dirkse are the lead choreographers of the popular hip-hop dance group composed of eight members.
Dancing aside, Meryl wants to be a civil engineer and is doing internship at Coega while her sister wants to pursue a career as a beauty specialist. Dirkse who matriculated last year, intends to study graphic designing.
Dejavu Dance Crew is managed by the sisters’ father, Godfrey Stanley.
Regarding the trip, he said a top US dance studio, Culture Shock, had extended an invitation for the three artists to travel overseas to hone their talents.
The dancers caught the attention of officials in the entertainment industry in Las Vegas where they competed at the World Hip-hop Dance competition in August last year, where 65 groups from around the world competed. The Port Elizabeth finished 31st.
“This is a once-off life opportunity. It’s also an opportunity to put the Metro on the world stage.
“The three young people are true role models to fellow youths. Their characters are grounded based on their Christian Faith,” Stanley said.
While in the States, the young choreographers will be taught and develop their skills with regard to choreography and also tuition in teaching and how to develop great dancers. This will involves theatrical and physical.
Summing up the mood of her two colleagues, Carol-Ann said she felt blessed and excited for the opportunity presented to them.
“We are unique in what we are doing because of Christ and the knowledge is so amazing. Young people need to be mentored,” she said.
The group strive to bring change in the lives of others youths through doing school ministries and share their testimonies about their lives.
Dejavu Dance Crew was formed five years ago and they are the current South African Cup champions.
Two weeks ago they were crowned second at Masters of Rhythm Dance Competition event held in Johannesburg.
This article was first published in our sister newspaper, The Herald