DANCE WEEK INFO

WHAT IS DANCE WEEK?

Dance Week is a fun-filled week for children and adults who would like to either try something new, shape up for the summer, meet new people, learn a new dance style or just get moving!!

The week starts with a celebration and get-together on the 1st of December, where you can meet the teachers and all the other participants, followed by a 6-day workshop (of your choice of fitness / dance style). The Dance Week ends with a (Dinner) Show on the 8th of December with performances of participants of the Dance Week. This show is open to the public and tickets will be made available during the Dance Week.


DATES:

1-8 December 2018.

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR:

  • Hiphop
  • Ballet Training (Progressing Ballet Technique)
  • Modern Contemporary
  • African Contemporary
  • Dance Fun for kids
  • Show Jazz
  • Fusion Funk
  • Latin Ballroom / Salsa
  • Ballroom / Sokkie
  • Linedancing
  • Bollywood dance for kids
  • Bellydancing for adults

For age groups of each style, see the enrolment form for 2018.


 This year's Dance week teachers!

Haymich Olivier

Award winning Namibian dancer and choreographer. Namibia's popular choreographer both in stage and film has performed extensively both locally and internationally. Haymich is a full time lecturer at the College of the Arts in Windhoek where specializes is choreography, dance teaching method and contemporary dance, he also co-directs  FRDT (First Rain Dance Theatre), Namibia's premier contemporary dance company.
He will be teaching Contemporary from age 8 years during the Dance Week.

 

Sascha Olivier-Sampson

Sascha is a professional bellydancer and owner of the Moon Goddess Dance Studio. She is the first African to win the Confederacion  Inter Americana de la Dansa competition, and the only Namibian dancer to have been selected, from an international audition to be part of the cast of "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" the belly dance stage spectacular by BELLYDANCE EVOLUTION, performing with this cast in April 2015, in Johannesburg. She is also responsible for "Shimmy for Shelter" and "Helping Hips" fundraising initiatives which are in aid of animal welfare as well as the Cancer Association of Namibia! Sascha recently received gold at the IFAA and the Namibian Championships for Performing Arts, where she also earned national colours for Dance.


McBreaton Pieters

Mcbreaton is the founder and owner of Fusion Funk Dance Studio, where he shares his passion for dance and theatre with his studentsHis studio combines many different dance styles of dance , including creative dance , Latin , Ballroom, Hip-Hop and others on a performance platform to build confidence and self esteem levels of our dancers.  

Mcbreaton received his Ballroom training from Dance Domain Namibia in 2012 and Contemporary from the College of the Arts. He is a natural hip-hop and break-dancer and has performed at many corporate events.

Mcbreaton believes it’s important to provide the opportunity for dancers to pursue high quality training in dance, to educate others in the history of various dance techniques and unleash the full potential in all students,


He will be teaching, Fusion Funk, Latin Ballroom & Sokkie during the Dance Week.


Sven-Eric Mueller

Sven-Eric Müller grew up in Namibia. He graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town in 2012. After joining Bovim Ballet as an apprentice for Romeos Kiss in 2011, he did 3 more seasons with Bovim Ballet. In April 2013 he worked in Australia as a freelance artist and rejoined Bovim Ballet in 2014 as a soloist. He joined the Fugard Theatre staring in many shows such as The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret and West Side Story to mention a few. Through 2015  to 2018 he continues to perform in many shows as leading and understudy roles. His highlight in 2016 was choreographing the fabulous Cathy and the Trolley Dollies at Gate69. 

In mid 2018 Sven-Eric formed Haus of Müller and marks the beginning of a new venture, it’s his creative hub through which he offers workshops, choreography and all thing creative. Haus of Müller is currently working on its newest project Aivilo (a contemporary ballet) which will premier at the NTN in Windhoek at the end of November 2018. Sven-Eric is very excited to join the dance week again for its 10 year anniversary!


Carmen Waldeck

Carmen completed her Bachelor Degree in Dance Education in the Netherlands, majoring in classical Ballet and Jazz dance. After teaching dance to various age groups in the Netherlands and Australia, she returned to Swakopmund and is now teacher and owner of Dance Factory Swakomund. Carmen will be teaching Show Jazz and Dance Fun for Kids during the Dance Week. Dance Fun is a fun class where young children learn about different dance styles and aspects of dance in a playful and creative way.

 

Alex Mogaviri

A Zimbabwean Hip Hop instructor and Lead choreographer at Beat Revolution Hip Hop Dance Studio in Windhoek teaching a range of the different  styles in Hip Hop Dance.  Alex began Hip Hop dancing in Paris, France in 2009 where he was a junior member of a team of dancers at the British School of Paris. For the next couple of years, He received most of his Hip Hop training at open studio work shops around Paris from visiting international Choreographers from the likes of Brian Puspos and Jun Quemado where he developed a love for Hip Hop dancing.

From 2012, Alex began teaching Hip Hop classes in Zimbabwe through work shops and continued to further his training under various Hip Hop associations such as Zim's Finest Dance Group, ZINA, and 8-Count Dance Company.

In 2013 Alex started teaching workshops/  classes at the University of Namibia  and  Fusion Funk Dance Studio. In mid-2014, Alex Co-founded the Beat Revolution Hip Hop Dance Studio aimed at Hip Hop competitiveness, furthering a student's potential in Hip Hop dance and exploring the many types and styles within the art.

Alex has competed with his team in various competitions over the past two years, with their most recent triumph in Rustenburg, South Africa, attaining Gold medals in their Hip Hop category at the South African Championships of Performing Arts 2016. 

"It will be my outmost pleasure to meet and share with you all at Dance Week in the coming months. I can't wait to learn something new from others too, and get to meet awesome personalities. See you all soon!"


Margaret Coetzee

Margaret stated taking line dancing classes in Windhoek about ten years ago,  After moving to Swakopmund, she decided to start teaching her own line dancing classes (2013). This has grown to where she now teaches 4 classes as week.  

"We have had great success in turning this hobby into more as we have now not only won numerous awards, we have also qualified to represent Namibia at the International World Championship of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles this year.  As this trip would simply have been too expensive to do, we decided to rather go to Italy where we participated in and attended one of the most popular line dancing festivals and competitions in Europe - the annual Voghera Country Festival in Italy.  In addition, we have also qualified to go to Spain with the IFAA next year."

Margaret looks forward to teaching Linedancing to children and adults during the Dance Week this year.


 

Dance Teachers' Conference

This year we would once again like to have a conference for Dance Teachers and advanced courses for teachers and professionals at the Dance Week.

Should you be interested in this, please contact Carmen (see contact details), as we need to have enough interest before we can offer this.

The conference will include discussions around dance in Namibia, issues that teachers or dance school are facing currently and inspirational lectures and information discussed at the latest Art summit of Southern Africa. For more information on this or to be a part of this, please send us an email or contact Carmen.n

Get a "Dance Teachers' pass"

If you are a dance teacher yourself, you can buy the dance teacher pass which includes participation in the conference, the teacher's workshop, a free Dance Week t-shirt and participation in any of the other courses.

Successful weekend for Dance Factory at IFAA Dance Grand Prix

Some of our dancers participated in the IFAA Dance competition last Saturday, 18 July 2015 in Swakopmund. They competed against other local dance schools and South African dancers.
Sara Magdalena received the highest overall score for the solo division and won 3 trophies and special awards for her Jazz dance solo.
Jorden van Rooyen won 3rd place with her Ballet solo (7-10years)
Elvira Palmer and Iyaloo Indombo got 3rd and Tatum 1st in the Jazz dance division age 7-10 years.
The group dancers, Emily Kaspari, Jana Lautenbach, Lisa Mueller and Sara Magdalena got a special award for synchronization, technique and entertainment for their Jazz routine.
Well done to all!!

Dancers return from World Championships in LA

The Namibian team for performing arts, of which 3 Dance Factory dancers, return from Los Angeles after 2 weeks with loads of new experiences.

Kim Hansen brought back 2 Bronze and 1 silver and Quinton Jacobs also brought back 2 Bronze and 1 Silver medal.

Congrats to all and welcome back!!

 

Dancers win Gold in Windhoek!!

Last weekend 4 of our dancers won gold medals in all categories enteren at the Namibian Championships for performing arts! Congratulations to Quinton Jacobs, Itta Steinstraetter, Kim Hansen and Tatum Liebenberg, who all qualify to go to the World Chamionships in Los Angeles in July 2015.


If you haven't joined us yet, NOW is the time!! We offer Ballet, Contemporary, Modern/Jazzdance, Hiphop, Creative Kinder Dance and more. Call 064-403367 for a free try-out class!