African dance embodies athleticism and a graceful beauty flowing with rhythm. In Africa, dance is a means of marking the experiences of life, encouraging abundant crops, and healing the sick soul and body. It is also done purely for enjoyment. All ceremonial African Dances have purpose. They tell stories and relate history. The distinctive beat of powerful African drums, energetic African dance – warriors, gumboot dancers, pantsula and township jive. A real slice of vibrant AFRICA!!!
The Art and Culture Festival of 2015 had seen some extraordinary African dance groups in this category. It was phenomenal.
TEACHERS: Like some of the other categories, successful groups in this session will also be invited to perform on the main stage at the Citrus Sports Day.
- Candidates must ensure that the particular style is maintained throughout and the music and dress/costume is appropriate to the dance subject.
- Candidates/Groups that entered for one style may also enter for the other styles. Separate entry forms together with the appropriate fee must be submitted.
- NO ITEM MAY EXCEED 4 MINUTES!!! JUDGES WILL STOP THE PERFORMANCE IF THE TIME LIMIT IS EXCEEDED
- This explosive and vibrant category ONLY FOCUS ON GROUPS OF 4 and more BUT NOT EXCEEDING 15.
- Teachers must ensure that the names and surnames of candidates are clearly legible on entry forms. Each candidate receives a Diploma.
- If pre-recorded music is used, it must be saved in mp3-format on CD / DVD OR MEMORY STICK and handed to the sound engineer before performing.
- Groups that make use of African Drums etc. must bring their own.
- Participants are free to compile their own groups. Groups may consist of any age and any grade.
STYLES TO CHOOSE FROM:
K1.2 Mapantsula (Kwaito)
K1.3 Township Jive
K1.4 Umteyo Dance (Xhosa shaking dance)
K1.5 Indlamu Dance (Zulu War Dance)
This is a warrior dance depicting men who fought in the battle, which is why the dance involves warfare movements. It is supposedly an aggressive style of dancing and is characterized by a complex drum rhythm. The dancers stage mock fights using horsetail as spears to stab the opponent. It is performed specifically at cultural events and at funerals. Agbekor is a style of this particular dance type.
K1.7 DANCE OF POSSESSION AND SUMMONING
This dance type is used to summon the spirits of the world, namely than of ancestors, trees, forests and even deities. It is performed to honour the spirits and as a means to ask for guidance.
K1.8 Open session (this session includes any other African Dance and it is also open for any age)