The American dance show 'So You Think You Can Dance' has been followed eagerly by dance fans across Africa on Channel 14, DSTV and around the globe, reaching as far as the Middle East, Japan and Australia.
Now, thanks to the Theatre Dance Association (TDA) and Brigitte Reeve, South African dancers can take part in the first ever All American Dance Convention to be held in this country and it will be taught by 'So You Think You Can Dance' 2007 winner Sabra Johnson and finalist Kameron Bink.
Sabra became the first woman to win in the three seasons of the show and throughout the season she was praised for her passion, enthusiasm, prodigious talent, personality, strong dancing and versatility in the different routines.
The South African convention is directed at dance teachers, dance students and professional dancers and will take place in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg from 27 September to 5 October 2008 and classes will be divided into Minis, Juniors and Seniors (including professionals).
The Cape Town Convention will close with a performance that will be open to the public (tickets on sale at the door) during which Sabra and Kameron will each perform a solo followed by a talk about their experiences as contestants in 'So You Think You Can Dance'. They will describe how the event changed their lives and what being a dance celebrity means.
Registration forms are available from all TDA dance teachers or at the Theatre Dance Association office. Registration closes 15 August 2008.
'So You Think You Can Dance' is an American television reality programme and dance competition airing on the Fox network. Season three premiered on 24 May 2007 and after 16 million votes were cast, Sabra Johnson was announced on the finale as the winner of $250 000 and the title of 'America's Favourite Dancer.'
Kameron Bink is a hip-hop and contemporary dancer from Florida with training in jazz, tap, ballet. He has been dancing since he was six years old and auditioned for the show in Atlantta, Georga.
Dates to diarise are, Cape Town: 27 and 28 September; Durban: 30 September, 1 and 2 October; and Johannesburg: 3 to 5 October.
For further enquires contact the organisers at the Theatre Dance Association email@example.com or Diane Fincham-Hurlin on 083 270 7883.