Put your dancing shoes on…
World renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher Rubén Sánchez García will be visiting South Africa for the first time in August where he will be headlining The Red Convention – a four-day dance experience to be held in Johannesburg.
Sánchez started dancing at the age of six and is trained in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and ballroom, however he is most widely recognised for his tap dancing. He has performed and taught all over the world and is currently a soloist tap dancer at the Centre Coreographique National de Grenoble in France, as well as a teacher at the Luthier Tap Dance Formation in Barcelona.
The Red Convention, which is in its first year, focuses primarily on tap, but also includes workshops in other dance disciplines and has been modelled around sought after international events such as The Odessa Tap Festival, Prague City Tap Festival, Tap ON Barcelona, Paris Tap Festival and LA Tap.
“As South African dancers, only a handful of us ever get to experience a proper dance festival or get the opportunity to train with the very best teachers in the world,” says event organiser, Robynne Versfeld.
“My vision is to host a world class dance event so that as many dancers of all ages get the opportunity to be trained by the very best in the business.”
She adds that aim of the convention is also to improve the level of tap dancing in South Africa and promote the dance form. “Tap is such a wonderful, expressive dance form and is ideal for both girls and boys. It is hugely popular overseas and while South Africa has produced world champions over the years, the number of dancers following the discipline has declined. Through this festival we hope to reignite a passion for tap in the local dance community,” says Versfeld.
However, she did not want to limit the experience to only tap and thus included workshops for contemporary, latin, hip-hop and jazz. These will be hosted by local award-winning dance professionals including Kelsey Middleton (contemporary); Ryan da Silva (latin); Pacou Mutombo (hip-hop) and Versfeld herself who will be taking the jazz classes.
There will also be guest speakers who will address topics such as performance, physical wellness and presentation including make-up and grooming.
“This convention is not meant to be just about the actual dancing. We also want to increase the knowledge about the history and art of tap not just in the dancers who attend but also the general public,” comments Versfeld.
The Red Convention is hosted by Red Robynne Studios and takes places from August 1 to 4, 2018, at The Oak Tree Event Venue, Bedfordview.
For more information or to register go to www.theredconvention.co.za or contact Robynne Versfeld on 060 656 1305.