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The Sharmila Dance Gala To Premiere in Dubai

Sharmila Dance Presents International & UAE Dance Stars Together on One Stage

One of the leading dance companies in the UAE, Sharmila Dance, has announced its first ever dance Gala showcasing the best in ballet, contemporary, jazz, salsa, tango and hip-hop with international and local dance stars performing at the Centrepoint Theatre at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th January, 2012.

The audience will see an unprecedented exhibition of talent and beauty in the physical art form with international guest performers from the prestigious Stuttgart Ballet Company and The Estonian National Ballet Company, as well as locally based dancers from The Bucharest National Opera House and BNF Dance Company who will perform alongside Sharmila’s professional team.

Sharmila Kamte, Founder, Choreographer and Creative Director of Sharmila Dance and Sharmila Dance Gala said: “It’s seldom that residents of Dubai have the chance to watch such a diverse selection of the finest dancers from the world’s top companies perform on one stage, in one sitting. As part of my ongoing aim to further develop talent and appreciation for the dance community in Dubai and the wider UAE, I’m proud to present the Sharmila Dance Gala, which promises to be a spectacular celebration of dance and an event of unmatched caliber for the UAE’s audience.”

Stars from the Stuttgart Ballet Company and The Estonian Ballet Company will be performing the classical ‘Pas de Deux’ from the timeless Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker ballets, respectively. They are also scheduled to perform the cutting-edge contemporary pieces, ‘Little Monsters’ and ‘Time’.

The Gala will also feature locally based Ballerina, Loredana Elena Teodorescu, formerly a principal dancer from The National Bucharest Opera House, performing a ‘Pas de Deux’ from Swan Lake with Columbian artist Jose Luis Quiceno. Swan Lake has recently been highly popularized by Hollywood’s box office hit Black Swan.

A troupe from The BNF Dance Company, who hold the World Champion title in Latin Dance, are set to mesmerize the audience with their Tango and Salsa numbers. Furthermore, members of Sharmila Dance will show their versatility and captivate spectators through their performances of Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary pieces.

Dancers and cultural enthusiasts alike can also look forward to the annual Sharmila Dance Extravaganza, now in its 12th year, set to take place in April, 2012.

For more information please visit ductac.org or sharmiladance.com.

Sharmila Dance Gala
Dates: Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th January, 2012
Venue: Centrepoint Theatre. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Price: Stalls – 185AED, Balcony – 145AED
Times: 4 Jan – 8pm, 5 Jan – 6pm & 8.30pm
Contact: +971 4 341 4777 or box.office@ductac.org

About Sharmila Dance
Sharmila’s Dance Company provides an imaginative, stimulating and creative environment to inspire performers of all ages and levels of talent. Sharmila Kamte the owner and founder is a dynamic, energetic personality that uses her knowledge and flair to draw out and cultivate the talents of all her students, utilizing her 20 years experience as a model, dancer, choreographer, director and dance instructor. Sharmila has extensive experience performing in music videos, TV commercials, concerts, award shows, stage shows and product launches, in many countries around the world. She first established her Dance Company in 1997, at the Jumeirah Beach Club Resort and Spa training students in St.Jazz, Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet and hosting regular workshops. The popularity of the classes quickly caught on and in a very short time had over 250 students. Fourteen years later, the company is now based at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre at the Mall of the Emirates and has over 600 students.

Certain events Sharmila Dance has performed for include:
• Concert Opening’s for Kelly Rowland, Sean Paul, Kelis, Fabolous, Lionel Richie & Akon
• Pakistan Vs South Africa Cricket Series 2010
• Dubai Shopping Festival Opening Ceremony, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011
• Dubai Summer Surprises Opening Ceremony 2011
• Flash Mob for the Opening of Virgin Megastore in Dubai Mall 2011
• Millions of Milk Shakes Opening Ceremony in Dubai Mall with Kim Kardashian 2011

About DUCTAC
Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre is the first modern, non profit, cross-community multi-art form creative centre in the Gulf. The Centre was officially opened on 1 November 2006 by Honorary Patron HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Located on Level 2 of Mall of the Emirates, the Centre occupies around 80,000 square feet and includes a 543-seat theatre, 200-seat studio theatre, art gallery, dance studios, rehearsal rooms, artists’ studios, classrooms, mosaic and pottery workshops, and food and beverage facilities. Also on site is the Centre For Musical Arts, The Old Library and Arts Materials Shop.

The Centre is host to some 100 classes a week, local, national and international shows, artists, productions and performances. Facilities are available for hire performances, seminars, workshops and presentations.

Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre does not receive any funding. It relies on the generous support of sponsors and patrons and on income generated through the hire of its facilities. The Centre is currently fundraising to support its artistic programme, educational and outreach work.



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