Dance week concludes in style

SWAKOPMUND The popularity of dancing is steadily growing.

17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Carmen Waldeck; owner of Dance Factory Swakopmund; “Dance is a good medium to teach things but it’s also for children’s development.

Adolf Kaure - Dance Factory Swakopmund held its closing show for the year last week Friday at the Dome’s conference hall.

The show, which was part of the annual Dance Week, included dance routines by Dance Factory Swakopmund’s students in a variety of genres which included hip hop, ballet, modern contemporary, African contemporary, jazz and fusion funk.

According to Carmen Waldeck, who is a teacher and owner of Dance Factory Swakopmund, said that dance as an art is growing in the country.

“I’ve been to a few art summits to try and see what is happening to Namibia in terms of art because dance is an art. There is a lot more that needs to happen but I’m actually very proud of the dance week because this is the tenth year that we have done it. That shows that it’s growing and that is the most important thing. The people who are part of the arts not only go dancing but the people who are watching also experience art and culture.”

Dance Week, which took place from 1 to 8 December, is a fun-filled week for children and adults who would like to either try something new, shape up for the summer, meet new people, learn a new dance style or just get moving.

The week started with a celebration and get-together on 1 December, where dancers met the teachers and other participants. It was followed by a six-day workshop and culminated with a show which included performances of participants of the Dance Week.

When asked whether there was an increase on the number of people who enroll at the Dance Factory Swakopmund, Waldeck said that it varies from year to year.

“We have been open for ten years. There has been a slight increase but it fluctuates because it’s an after school activity. The Dance Factory is not a school that is subsidised by the government, so it has to be people who have money to send their children to school, and that might be an issue.”

She further explained the different ways in which dance aids the development of children.

“Dance is a good medium to teach things but it’s also for children’s development. These developments include social development, gross motor skills development as well as special awareness. There are so many developmental areas that dance touches,” said Waldeck.

According to her it is possible to make a living out of dancing.

“I have made a living from dance in the last nine years but it is not easy. You have to work hard and you don’t make a lot of money. You have to advertise and you have to be good so that the parents can see that they have to pay for their classes because there is no other funding.”

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