Essence of Women Dance Company has come up with two productions in an effort to increase interest in the appreciation of dance music in Zimbabwe.Â
Situated at the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, Essence of Women Dance Company has managed to continue to exist and grow. Coordinator of the Dance Company Soukaina Franchi says they have come up with two new ballet dance productions that will also encourage other young ballet dancers to join in.
â€œWhen ballet dance was introduced, the most significant feature was the group performance, wherein the participants not only danced, but also sang songs and recited poems. The five positions of ballet dance were created in the 1600s by the well-known French ballet teacher and choreographer, Pierre Beauchamp. These basic positions, though modified a little, are followed even today. In fact, many of the dance steps known today, are identified by the French names and here in Zimbabwe we have also moved a step ahead,â€ said Franchi.
For every dance lover, the art of dancing ballet is a must to learn. Though the original ballet dance was started in Italy, it spread and became popular among the French, Russians and most recently, the Americans. Rather than dancing, ballet can be considered as a graceful art that is influenced by many dance forms of the world.
Dance Trust of Zimbabwe has thus given birth to some of the countryâ€™s prominent dancers and choreographers, among them Marilyn Chenjerai, who took dancing as a career 10 years ago, Leah Matereke, Jonathan Kamupando, Mathias Julius for Tumbuka, among others.
One dancer said: â€œI have been doing ballet for the past 10 years and it has also given me the opportunity to take part in a number of ballet festivals out of the country.â€
Outreach dance festivals and Programmes have also been done in a number of places where various dances have been showcased.
A number of these have gained from other courses in Edudance at Moving Into Dance Mophathong in South Africa.
It is hoped that their skills will be transferred to the other scholars and that they will be able to assimilate the knowledge acquired throughÂ Dance Trust of Zimbabwe to good advantage.