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 6th 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 13th 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:

6-13 December 2017.

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR:

  • Hiphop
  • Breakdance/ B-Boy
  • Modern Contemporary
  • Improvisation
  • Bellydancing
  • Dance Fun for kids
  • Show Jazz
  • Fusion Funk
  • DancN Heels
  • Latin Ballroom / Salsa
  • Ballroom / Sokkie
  • Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Yoga 



 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

Owner of Fusion Funk Dance Studio in Windhoek and is exquisite in the Arts of Ballroom, Latin Dancing, Hip-hop (breakdancing) and Contemporary. 

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.




Nikhita Winkler

Founder of Nikhita Winkler Dance Project, and DancN Heels Namibia. Nikhita is a dance lecturer at College of the Arts, teaching contemporary and dance choreography. She holds an honors degree in dance performance from Skidmore College, New York State, USA. Nikhita also offers Movement 4 Meditation; an embodied healing practise that she has developed in her interest of Dance Therapy, coming from a neuroscience background. Although Nikhita has over 20 years of Ballet experience, she specializes in Improvisation technique and is currently known for her Namibian traditional contemporary fusion style.

Nikhita will be teaching Improvisation and DanceN Heels during the Dance Week.



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, upon his return back to Zimbabwe from France, Alex began teaching Hip Hop classes in Zimbabwe through work shops for beginners and intermediates however 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 arrived in Namibia and immediately became involved in dancing through teaching workshops/ small classes at the University of Namibia  and also became involved with 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!"


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.


Jenny Sobek

Jenny Sobek, born in Germany, has worked in 6 different countries before coming to Namibia. Besides her pedagogical studies, she also studied to become a dance instructor from 1999-2001 in Dresden, Germany, attended countless workshops to update her knowledge, took part in competitions and worked as a choreographer in Fuerteventura Spain from 2005-2006. Living in Ecuador she produced her own shows and also became a Zumba Instructor in 2012. Her dance classes cover a wide range of dance styles (Jazz Dance, Show Dance, Salsa, Discofox, Hip Hop, Zumba …). Jenny will be teaching Zumba during the Dance Week this year.



 

Dance Teachers' Conference

This year we will also  have a conference for Dance Teachers and advanced courses for teachers and professionals as well.

Date: 10 December 2017

The conference will include discussions around dance in Namibia, issues that teachers or dance school are facing currently and inspirational lectures from international teachers as well as local teachers. 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!