More than twenty enthusiast dancers are gathered at the Goan Hall for the first edition of Kisumu Dance Workshop Festival 2018.
The two-weeks festival will see both amateur and professional dancers taken through gradual lessons of basics in dancing, strengthening of existing abilities and new dance techniques in a bid to develop and revive the dance industry in the lakeside city
Organizer and Director of the Festival Steve ‘Dozze’ Ongeri says the festivals seeks to rejuvenate the spirit of dancers in Kisumu whose ratings has recently dipped.
Dozze, an alumni of Youth Accosted With Arts (YAWA) dancers says most pioneer dancers moved out in pursuit of greener pastures leaving budding dancers with no one to look up to.
The training baseline focuses on African movements in line with festival theme ‘Dance of Africa’ with dancers taken through techniques with African touch in the different dance genres.
Among the choreographers with extensive dance experience taking the dancers through the paces include Hosea ‘Ozzy Ozzie’ Dan, Diana Gaya(Gaya Dance Theatre). Other guest choreographers include Lingala-Champion Harun Ibrahim Juma, Afro-urban superstar Raymond ‘raymover’ Ochieng’
The climax of the festival will see the trainees stage a closing performance titled Dance of Africa on May 12 at Dunga Hill Camp.