Choix – Jozi Youth Dance Company’s double bill

Choix – Jozi Youth Dance Company’s Double Bill Season
Choix – Jozi Youth Dance Company’s Double Bill Season

Choix – two shows, two stories, one known, one new, both inspirational, will be performed by the Jozi Youth Dance Company at the Roodepoort Theatre. The highly anticipated annual production by the only dance company of its kind in SA takes to the stage at the Roodepoort Theatre from 27 to 30 April 2017.

The promising dancers of the Jozi Youth Dance Company, dancers from all over South Africa, will dance in the spotlight this season.

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“This season is truly exciting for both the dancers and choreographers, our first ever Double Bill season has been an ambitious project, but one we are proud to say that these young dancers have grasped with both hands, “said Jayd Swart, the director and a choreographer for the Jozi Youth Dance Company, ”Lu Afrique and Divertissement boast a variety of contemporary dance pieces, boldly put together by the creative genius of our amazing choreographers,” said Swart.

The highly anticipated 2017 Choix, opens with a captivating and uniquely African take on the well-known ballet “Coppélia”.

The inventive ideas of Adele Blank, in collaboration with Jayd Swart and Phume Sikhakhane, have given this timeless classic a uniquely African flavour and made this piece, “come to life” in a way previously completely unseen.

Choix – Jozi Youth Dance Company’s Double Bill Season
Choix – Jozi Youth Dance Company’s Double Bill Season

This one show promises to be entertaining and inspiring, however this company of dancers will perform in a second exciting show, Divertissement. As the name suggests, this production will show the diversity of the dancers’ technical abilities showcased with complexities of the various choreographers’ unique dance styles and visions.

Also for the first time, a student dancer has been allowed to choreograph her own piece for the second show. After encouraging dancers to submit videos and proposals, our choreographers selected 16-year-old, Somer February for this unique opportunity. Somer, a phenomenal dancer in her own right, has risen to the occasion and her fellow dancers are excited to be a part of her piece.

Lu Afrique will be performed on 27, 28, 30 April at 7pm and on the 29 April at 2pm.

Divertissement will be performed on 27 and 30 April at 2pm, and on 29 April at 7pm.

Guaranteed to delight all dance and theatre lovers, bookings for Choix: Lu Afrique and Divertissement can be made through and or call 0861 670 670.

Tickets available for R120 a ticket or R100p/p for block bookings of 10 or more. More information available on Facebook at JOZI Youth Dance Company.

Both Lu Afrique and Divertissement afford demanding solos, duets and corps de ballet opportunities for the young dancers, highlighting their technical skills whilst revealing their performance artistry and interpretative abilities.

Acclaimed and world renowned choreographer and JYDC director Jayd Swart has worked tirelessly with her team of choreographers and dancers to create a truly unique and exciting double bill season.

Completing the 2017 JYDC season line up are various works from emerging student choreographer Somer February, exciting African Jazz pieces by well-known dancer and choreographer Phume Sikhakhane, meticulous and inspiringly creative pointe and contemporary pieces by JYDC director Jayd Swart, a complex and darkly inspiring piece by Hope Maimane, a beautiful and unique piece by local teacher Leanne Bowring, a vibrant and energetically inspiring piece by up and coming Cayley Hodson, with the highly anticipated and celebrated genius of Adele Blank.

After months of disciplined rehearsals, dedication and commitment, the cast of 2017, including Jayd Swart’s own JYDC team of dancers, will leave their hearts on the stage, demonstrating the high level of vocational training they have received while at the Jozi Youth Dance Company.



  1. A performance review of the Johannesburg, Jozi Youth Dance Company’s “Divertissement” on 27 April 2017, at the Roodepoort Theatre.

    The Jozi Youth Dance Company’s Divertissement could be viewed by the public on 27 and 30 April at 14h00, as well as on 29 April at 19h00. Tickets were charged at R120 per person at the Roodepoort Theatre (Joburg Promusica); full address: 100 Christiaan De Wet Drive, Florida Park, Roodepoort Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

    The standard of Jozi Youth Dance Company’s Divertissement was very poor and unprofessional. It made use of children (most were likely under 10 years of age) and teens (several under 16). During the performance it seemed clear that the dance pieces weren’t well versed and lacked polish. Several steps were ill executed, such as extensions remaining uncompleted and contractions were shallow. Generally, groups of dancers were not synchronised and individuals danced in isolation within the groups. The dancers did not connect with the audience, maintaining an air of arrogance. The choreographer used too many dancers for the stage size and the choreography did not contain any structure or substance. Very little dancing was seen since most steps consisted of running, walking, convulsions and standing around. Dancers with long hair didn’t tie it back into buns or braids giving an untidy appearance, because their hair got in the way of dancing as well as covering their faces. It was also noted that some dancers were chewing gum during the performance. Sound management should be improved, especially during the music sections containing deep bass and screeching.

    Similar reviews were left on the Jozi Youth Dance Company’s Facebook page which had been received with malcontent and has resulted in veiled personal insults and unverifiable accusations towards the patrons as well as removal of several critique comments. The unprofessional nature, in which the production had been advertised, performed and the Johannesburg Youth Dance Company’s response towards critique is disheartening towards dance lovers and supporters.

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