Bob Eveleigh: Another superb programme from top Port Elizabeth dance teacher and choreographer, Candice Johnstone.
Followers of the work of premier Port Elizabeth dance teacher and choreographer, Candice Johnstone, over the past 13 years since she opened her own studio have probably become accustomed to the high standards of performance she sets for her pupils in her biennial stage shows.
That sheer quality in dance arrangements, music choices, presentation and performance were all once again on display in I Love to Dance, which enjoyed a short three-show run at the PE Opera House over the past weekend.
The programme, consisting of 15 varied items in a fast-paced, straight-through (no interval) 75 minutes even gained an additional dimension this year with Candice having now officially entered the realm of classical ballet in addition to her usual contemporary, modern and jazz stylings.
But this is no simple dance studio “display” although it does exactly prove to parents and public that what is learned in class can certainly be transplanted, via highly innovative choreography, onto PE’s foremost theatrical stage as pure entertainment.
Not only that but Candice has again enlisted the considerable abilities of David Limbert as lighting designer, with the result that this last function becomes almost an additional “performer” – along with a marvellously original and colourful range of costuming, designed by Ronel Reid and co-ordinated by Cherri Morton and Tanya van den Bergh and executed by a huge team of “moms’ – which all adds greatly to the show’s impact
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