Cleveland Dance Movement has partnered with Verb Ballets to bring the community an upbeat teaching artist from Cape Town, South Africa! Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni joined Verb Ballets in 2021 as a part of the International Cultural Exchange Program. The purpose of the program is to elevate different creative voices and exchange dance styles. He will be sharing South Africa’s dance traditions with the community. The weekend will host a meet and greet Friday evening then on Saturday an empowering intergenerational master class with live music! We welcome participants of all ages (10-adult) and skill levels. Together the two organization seek to bring the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of cultures while finding community in dance.
Friday, August 27th 6:30-8:30pm – Free (must register)
Meet and greet with mini-concert and lecture demonstration with light hors d’oeuvres.
Saturday, August 28th 1:00-2:30pm – $16 (must register)
Masterclass taught by Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni (SK)
An empowering intergenerational master class with live music! We welcome participants of all ages (10-adult) and skill levels! Join us as SK shares his experience in the styles of Pantsula, moving through Traditional African to Contemporary African. This promises to be an exhilarating time!
About Cleveland Dance Movement
Cleveland Dance Movement (CDM) is an arts coalition comprised of dancers, choreographers, educators, and community stakeholders, committed to the support and preservation of various dance forms through access, and integration of diverse world cultures! As an essential part of its commitment to dance, CDM brings to the region a series of professional development and masterclasses, beginning with hosting the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in January of 2015! It is time we continue the legacy with “Back to school Back to Dance” Masterclass and lecture series.
Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni is from South Africa and began his training at Cape Academy of Performing Arts and then later participated in an intensive at South Africa International Ballet. He studied in the United States, training in California at Dance for All and went to Kaatsbaan International Dance Center under the guidance of Stella Abrera. Professionally, he has danced with the Joburg Ballet and Mzansi Ballet. Sikhumbuzo joined Verb Ballets in 2021 as a part of Verb’s International Cultural Exchange Program. He will be sharing South Africa’s dance traditions with Verb Ballets.