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SCAA employees receive their certificate after attending traditional dance classes

SCAA employees receive their certificate after attending traditional dance classes ( A group of SCAA employees and some of their friends received their certificates Saturday night, after having attended ten months of traditional dance classes.
The certificate presentation ceremony was graced by the presence of the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange, who said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here tonight to present the certificates to the group of SCAA employees and their friends, for they are a leading example of an organization that is helping to uphold our cultural heritage. Those dances are part of our culture, and to keep it alive, all generations should be encouraged to learn and practice it,” stated the Minister.

The classes coordinated by Ms. Marisa Matombe were held twice a week at the SCAA premises at Pointe Larue. When they started in August last year, most of the attendees did not know much about the various traditional dances or how to count the steps. They started slowly by learning the simplest ones such as valse, polka, jazz, kotisse, kosez, and padkat, and thereon started group dances the likes of mazok, Avant 2, Avant 3, dos a dos until they learned each and every one of them almost to perfection.

The instructor, Miss Marisa Matombe, expressed her satisfaction after completing the almost one-year classes with the group: “They were all very dedicated, and very regular; their willingness made it easy for both parties to accomplish the mission,” Miss Matombe said, adding that her wish is that “more individuals or companies in Seychelles will take this initiative and encourage their staff to learn those dances.”

“Most of us started with a left foot, now it’s great to be able to attend an event and to actually be able to dance to the Kamtole tunes. I am myself very proud of this achievement, and thank Ms. Matombe for the good job done,” said Mr. Pitter Elizabeth, one of the graduates.

Mrs. Marietta Matombe, and her daughter Marissa, are willing to organize those classes as long as there is a demand. Last year, another team of individuals also graduated after successfully completimg one year learning the steps.

“The Ministry of Tourism and Culture encourages such initiatives and will always be encouraging Mrs. Matombe and her daughter for their efforts invested into promoting our cultural heritage. As a people we should not be shy of our heritage. Knowing where we come from makes us what we are today. It is, therefore, important that we continue to safeguard what is our heritage, as it is important for us to feel proud of what is our heritage,” concluded Minister St.Ange.


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