Timeless rhythms

The ‘Rhythm through Time’ Dance Troupe’s performance at Madinat Jumeirah was an enjoyable mix of music genres and dance styles

By David Light (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Thu 24 Apr 2008, 12:31 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:45 PM

THE ‘RHYTHM through Time’ Dance Troupe pulled off a fantastic performance last week at the Madinat Jumeirah Theatre in Dubai. In association with Volvo Cars, the show managed to capture the evolution of dance from the 1920’s to the present. An extremely talented line-up of performers from South Africa dazzled audiences with seamless transitions between decades and dance styles. Popular dances and popular songs combined to produce a very enjoyable evening. From the Charleston to Vanilla Ice’s hip-hop style, audiences were enthralled by the athleticism and fun.

In celebration of its 81st birthday Volvo decided to host this event to illustrate how it, like dance, has changed over the years. Volvo, a brand that has been situated in the predominantly middle age market is getting “louder, funkier and younger than ever before.” Roula Beiruty, Volvo Cars Marketing Manager Middle East, states, “Both Volvo Cars and ‘Rhythm Through Time’ are modern entities which exude movement and have a well-grounded history in time which should be celebrated.”

The extravaganza began with a tribute to Fred Astaire whose Broadway stage career was at its height in the late twenties. The show went through the pre and post war periods and hurtled through the 50’s and 60’s before the interval. Highlights of the first half included a brilliant Elvis number which got some members of the audience up on their feet as well as a great rendition of a ‘Grease’ medley. Curtain up after the interval saw ‘John Travolta’ take to the stage with a few dances from ‘Saturday Night Fever’ before the eighties and ‘Madonna’ came onto the scene. The show wrapped up with some fantastic tunes from the nineties and today, in which the audience enthusiastically joined in.

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