Something I have learned that helps me immerse myself into the full experience of watching a theatre production or a movie is to leave any and all expectations at the door. Somehow the very little I know of Langarm dancing, through once in a while having to play a few tracks of the genre when I DJ at weddings and private functions, sneaked into The Fugard with me.
Accompanied by the vivaciously scintillating Wiskunde Juffie aka Marley Rose who knows more than a thing or two about Ballroom Dancing, having at some point been an active participant in what is essentially also a very competitive sport, I was fortunate to be in the company of someone who could anchor me during the very lively and animated conversations that followed as we left the theatre and met up with members of the cast in the ground floor bar area.
Langarm known to the rest of the world as Ballroom dancing is and has for a long time not only been a cultural phenomenon particularly in Coloured communities in the Western Cape but has always been and remains to be a highly competitive sport across South Africa.
Like any cultural and sporting activity, Langarm dancing was racially segragated during the Apartheid era and dancing across the racial divide was a criminal offense.
With a marked and steady decline of nightclubs situated within the various areas of the Cape Flats Northern Suburbs, and there were many legendary clubs, two DJ's from that part of the Cape Peninsula decided to put together an event where the former patrons of those various clubs could get together and have an awesome jol once every few months.
The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival which started off five years ago as a niche underground event has rapidly evolved into a renowned event on the international dance music festival calendar.
All over the world South Africa is starting to be seen as the Capital of House Music and has in fact evolved into one of the epicenters of Electronic Dance Music incorporating the vast array of styles that the genre incorporates.
In December 2015 a CNN article attempted to explain "How South Africa became the center of the house music world" and as far back as July 2010 already, The National from the UAE, which is Abu Dhabi Media's first English-language publication, declared "House finds a new home: South Africa, a hotbed of contemporary musical innovation"
The organisers of the 2016 edition of the Cape town Electronic Music Festival to be held at the Cape Town City Hall running from Friday 5th February to Sunday 7th February say that they continue to be committed to establishing the local scene on the international stage.