The New Creation Dance Studio team: from left are Christiaan de Wet, John-D Cupido, Luzelle Beukes, Anneke Harms, Mitch Scholtz (teacher) and Jordyn Austin, all beginner bronze level. In front are Michelle Barnard (owner and teacher) and Tawani Naudé (teacher).

In a country that is so often marked by division, dancing is a sport that unifies all – young or old, short or tall, big or skinny, black or white… it really doesn’t matter.  Even if you were born with two left feet, dancing welcomes you with open arms.

This inclusiveness was very much on display last Saturday in Bredasdorp, when local dance studio, Bailamos, hosted the New Creation Dance Studio from Hermanus for a Match Dance.

Whatever the dance – Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Boogie, or Eastern Swing, for example – participants from ages 8 to 77 took to the dance floor to appreciative applause from the audience, which was also invited to take to the floor for a number of social dances.

The Match Dance provided an opportunity for many to dance in front of an audience for the first time, while, for some of the experienced dancers, it was an opportunity to put together an exhibition dance. Exhibition dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing, where theatrical movements and lines are used to enhance the atmosphere of the dance performance.

“Dancing brings out your inner creativity and allows you to express yourself. It makes you feel like your own person and appreciated for who and what you are. You are not measured by the one next to you and you are free to show your own individuality,” says Adél Dreyer, the owner of Bailamos.

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