Promising a ‘Dance Extravaganza’, this coming Saturday, March thirteenth at midday, dancers from each the Ballet Kenya Studio and the Sarakasi Belief will mix ballet and acrobatics at Kenya Nationwide Theatre.
Like all performing artists worldwide, Kenyan dance firms have additionally been hit arduous, says BKS inventive director and founder, Charmaine Smith.
“Earlier than COVID, we have been working with 60 younger dancers. Now we can have simply 18 performing in ballet numbers that I’ve choreographed,” the previous ballerina provides.
Sarakasi’s choreographers, Oscar Mwalo and Aggie the Dance Queen have solely been working with 9 agile acrobatic dancers since their numbers have additionally been affected by the pandemic. Nonetheless, the 9 have been working arduous and look ahead to Saturday’s mixed efficiency.
The thought of mixing ballet and acrobats is one proposed to Ms. Smith by Sarakasi’s managing director Marion. Smith, who has stored a comparatively low profile since she got here to Kenya from South Africa in 2010 and opened her ballet studio in 2011, noticed the suggestion as an excellent problem for her younger dancers.
All COVID-19 well being protocols can be adopted, says Ms. Smith whose studio additionally teaches up to date jazz in addition to classical ballet.
“I train from the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus in UK, and as quickly as COVID restrictions are lifted, the Academy can be sending an Examiner to Kenya to look at our college students,” she says. “I belief they’ll all move.”