Dancing into the Night

On March 15th, 2014, posted in: Community, Culture, Dance, Featured, News by

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On Saturday, 15th March 2014, about 30 Wynberg Girls gathered at the school to be picked up by a bus and taken to Town. Of course, this was far from the beginning of the exciting experience of the night. We made our way to the venue and upon arrival, the excitement set in.

A number of girls from our school took part in the Cape Town Carnival – many for the second consecutive time – as part of the group of Indian dancers represented by Vadhini Indian Arts Academy. Many rehearsals took place both at our school and the Vadhini school in Rylands. Many hours and lots of hard work and practicing were reflected in the girls’ outstanding performance on the night and it was clear that ever participant enjoyed the experience.
On the night, we had to wait for quite a while and used this time to have our hair and make-up done, as well as to catch a quick bite (food was provided for us by the organisation in charge of the event). Everything ran smoothly and things were well organised.

The float for our group this year was the Lotus Temple, behind which were fifty-odd performers. The entire procession lasted about an hour, but it seemed much shorter, as the level of fun that was had exceeded anything else. The bright costumes worn, the lights and confetti that surrounded the carnival, the masses of on-lookers and the vibrant music all produced what was a night which everyone will remember for a long time to come.

Many of us got to know each other better. We learned something new – that is, Indian dancing. We got to be a part of one of the biggest events of the year and simultaneously visually experience the massive variety of cultures in our country.

A big thank you goes to Maya Kooverjee, who organised our group and taught us the dance – as well as every participant from the school. Without the crowd, there is no party, and we definitely hope to see each other for another round, next year.