Joburg Festival of Lights goers will this week be treated to the most dynamic atmosphere of illuminated pathways, fairy light tunnel creating a wonderland into the Festival Lawn with kiddies rides and Dance and rhythm from local talented group, Art of Dance.
The group is no stranger to the spotlight on a world stage, hailing from Ennerdale with a colourful story to tell, displayed through their passion for dance, these youngsters sure know how to break it down.
Art of Dance Studio was formed in January 2014 by Nicole Koeberg who recognised the need to provide the youth of Ennerdale with the opportunity to learn and practise the art of dancing. The Art of Dance Studio which started off slowly with 10 young dancers, ages ranging between 8 and 11 years old, in the field of ballet, jazz, contemporary and African dancing, has grown immensely now accommodating 50 dancers.
In direct response to the growing number of young people falling through the cracks, inspired Nicole and, with the assistance of her mother, Jacqueline, and support of her father, to open this dance studio.
Nicole Koeberg completed her high school career at the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein in 2007. Nicole then attended the Tshwane University of Technology where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Dance, majoring in the field of dance teaching, in 2015. This equipped her with the necessary theoretical knowledge to start dance lessons.
"We as art of dance feel extremely honored and blessed to be part of the line- up for Festival of Lights 2020 as we get the opportunity to show case our talent. We would like to convey our sincere gratitude to Joburg theatre for providing us with this amazing platform and granting this opportunity to be part of the festival of lights", shares Nicole.
At the time there was no professional dance studio which provided the youth of Ennerdale with a facility to practice dancing. It is a known fact that the youth in Ennerdale are exposed to the scourge of substance and alcohol abuse and do not really have an alternative to keep them busy. Teenage pregnancies have also become common occurrence within the area.
Performance dates and Times: 8,9,10,11,12,13 December from 19h00 to 22h00
Venue: Johannesburg Zoo, parking available at Upper Park Road entrance
Tickets: R75 (children 3–12), R90 (pensioners), R150 (children 12+ and adults); children under 3 admitted free.