Horizon concert is a star-studded event

Minase Abate, Sharlin Nyamane, (middle) Uthandile Shongwe and (back) Banu Dadashov.

Parents received cones full of popcorn and were ushered into the NG Church Hall on a red carpet to enjoy Horizon Academy’s Oscar-themed concert on Thursday, with teachers dressed in gorgeous formal gowns.

Principal Yolanda Dique welcomed guests and thanked teachers for their hard work and dedication in putting the concert together. “Every smile you see on stage is worth more than gold, so give the kids the necessary encouragement,” she told parents.

MC Michael van Niekerk told parents that Horizon Academy strives to find the hidden qualities of each child and help develop the self-confidence to get on stage and perform to their hearts’ content.

The concert started with the adorable grade 000 class, who danced to “I have a dream” from the movie Tangled. The grade 00 class followed it up with Katy Perry’s “Firework” from Madagascar 3, dressed up like bunnies, zebras, a lion and giraffe.

Prince Hulett of grade 000.

Prince Hulett of grade 000.

The grade 0’s proved they were ready to face anything with a boxing-themed dance to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”. They punched, jumped and posed with great enthusiasm and even broader smiles.

The grade-one girls looked like snow princesses in white, with the boys in blue for Frozen’s “Do you wanna build a snowman?”. A polystyrene snowman on the back of the stage added to the magical atmosphere.

The grade twos had a slumber party on stage, twirling batons with ribbons and bouncing around balloons to the soundtrack of 13 going on 30.”A fearsome performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, complete with fangs and zombie moves had the hall echoing with applause.

Dressed in school outfits, the grade threes danced to FUN’s “Some nights”, followed by the grade-four class’ cheerleader-style performance to High School Musical 2’s “Summertime”.

Sharlin Nyamane of grade four.

Sharlin Nyamane of grade four.

The MC entertained the audience with interesting facts about the movies and songs each class had chosen, in-between items, to give the next group a chance to get ready on stage.

After the intermission, each class had a chance to entertain and impress the audience one last time.

The grade 000 class danced to another Tangled song and the grade 00’s to “I like to move it” from Madagascar. The grade 0’s donned tutus and fairy wings for a maypole dance, weaving ribbons as they danced to Irish music.

The grade three and four pupils then stomped on stage in hard hats and gumboots for a traditional gumboot dance, which impressed parents.

Simphiwe Khoza, Kwanele Bumbi, Sharlin Nyamane and Reyaoboka Lebakeng.

Simphiwe Khoza, Kwanele Bumbi, Sharlin Nyamane and Reyaoboka Lebakeng.

The grade ones took to the stage for a club remix of Frozen hit “Let it go”, while the grade two minions showed how overjoyed they truly were to be on stage by dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”.

The grade fours then completely stole the show with a stunning kwela performance.

The concert concluded with all of the older pupils on stage for High School Musical’s “We’re all in this together”.

View a gallery of photos here.

Retha Nel

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