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Lack of funds delays dance centre reconstruction


The National Ballet Centre (NBC) that was seriously damaged after the roof unexpectedly caved in is still to be repaired.

The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ), which runs the centre, says they are hoping to start the reconstruction exercise as soon as they have raised sufficient funds to begin the first phase.

The collapse of the centre, which was built 36 years ago and had housed the national dancing communitys training sessions was a major drawback for seasoned and upcoming dancers.

We thank everyone who has contributed in any way to assist with the fundraising of the first phase which will give us a roof, said National Ballet of Zimbabwe administrator Eve Stranix.

Stranix said the roof would however not have a ceiling or lights and the broken mirrors, windows and ballet bars will not be replaced.

She said they would not have a partition between their two studios and the floor that was badly damaged during the collapse will still not be useable.

We will not be able to proceed with phases two and three of the exercise until sufficient funds are available but we will continue with fundraising activities throughout the year until the reconstruction has been completed, she said.

Stranix said she was very grateful to the board of Twin Rivers School that had kindly allowed the NBC to hold its weekly classes in their hall and Lifestyle Studio that offered rehearsal space.

Tumbuka Dance Company is using M and M Dance Factorys studio in Borrowdale.

The annual Starlight Dancing Festival will be able to be staged in the garden at the Ballet Centre as usual as we hope that the building reconstruction will have been completed by September when it will be held.

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