Charity show worth barking about

Abigail Overmeyer, Emily Isted, Natasha Buratovich and Max prepare for Dancers Love Dogs. Picture here and below by Ingrid Owen.

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BY BILLY SUTER

IF YOU are a lover of dance and dogs, you are sure to want to be at Durban’s Playhouse Opera theatre in May for a concert planned to raise funds for mass sterilisation of animals in rural areas.

Dancers Love Dogs, an annual performance in Cape Town’s Artscape theatre, at which dancers collaborate to raise funds for mass sterilization of animals in rural areas, will be performed in Durban at 3pm on Saturday, May 18.

The SA Society for the Advancement of Dance (SASAD) is collaborating with Dancers Love Dogs to put on a showcase of song, dance, comedy as well as dogs performing, to raise funds for mass sterilizations in KwaZulu-Natal.

All funds raised through tickets sales will be paid directly to vets for the purpose of sterilisations, says a spokesman.

Included in the show line-up are Lloyd Bristow (The Incredible Dog Show) from Cape Town with his Border Collie, Born to Shine, Pam Naude (K9 Communications) from Durban working with therapy dogs and obedience work, and comedian Nabeel Peer.

There will also be ballet performances by KZN Dance Academy and MCD Dance Studio, contemporary dance by Springwood Dance Academy and Durban Dance Unlimited, tap dance by Step in Time and Hayman Studios, Spanish dance by Minette de Klerk Dance Academy, modern dance by Swish Studio and Just Dance and Bollywood dance by Rampage Dance Company.

Chloe Sneddon and Beorn.

Also on the bill will be bellydancing by Belly Fusion, Irish dancing by Stow Academy of Irish Dance,a fusion of acrobatics and ballet by Bella Donna Acrobatics and The Studio, a fusion of dance by Gail Smith School of Dancing, hip-hop /pansula fusion by Dance Direction International.

Hip-hop by Survivors Dance Crew, which was placed fourth in the World of Dance Competition in Los Angeles, is a programme highlight, along with performances by singers Kiara Theunissen, Savannah Thunder and the OSCA Opera singers, as well as performances by Durban Callies Drum Corp and Celtic Heartbeat.

Dancers Love Dogs started off as a small project in 2012 and has grown in leaps and bounds since then

“In February 2012, I noticed a small figure hobbling along the side of the N2 Highway in Cape Town,” explains Brigitte Reeve-Taylor, founder of Dancers Love Dogs.

“The little dog was so sick he could hardly walk and I ended up rescuing him and taking him to the vet. I named him Miles and he was my inspiration to start Dancers Love Dogs.”

By March 2019, more than over 12 000 pets had been sterilised through these annual fundraisers. Brigitte and the SASAD are now working on making this an annual event in KZN.

“Many pet lovers live below the breadline. Not everyone can afford sterilisations, which are a necessity, not an option,” says Brigitte.

“These events make a huge impact on ensuring that there is some intervention in keeping unwanted pet populations down.”

There are prizes to be won and Project Dog, Phoenix Animal Care Treatment (PACT) and Jade Ashford will be displaying all the homeless pets looking for forever homes.

Tickets for the May 18 show cost R160 and can be bought via Webtickets or at Pick ‘n Pay outlets. The show is about two-and-a-half long with a 20-minute interval where a dog obedience exhibition will be on display in the foyer outside the theatre.

 


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