What is this SECRET SUNRISE everyone is talking about?
Well if you anything like me, one of my favourite things in life is sunrise and the beauty of it. So when I got asked to be apart of the “Christmas in July” Secret sunrise in Umhlanga and photograph this early morning event I jumped at the opportunity. I must say it was such an awesome way to start my day…. So much fun and sooo good for the soul!
Afterwards I met up with the Durban franchisee, Jane Shaw, to chat to her more about this amazing event, Secret Sunrise, and this is what I asked her…
1. WHAT IS SECRET SUNRISE ALL ABOUT?
Secret Sunrise is a sunrise guided dance that celebrates life. With the use of wireless headphones, a funky playlist and some awesome instructors, you’re taken from a slow guided mindfulness, to a funky groove to a high powered dance section and back down again. It’s the most fun you can have before the sun comes up!
2. HOW OFTEN IS IT ON?
We alternate our venues and areas, so it really differs every month, but in Durban central we generally have two a month, and then Umhlanga and Upper Highway or Ballito. In total we have 3-4 per month in the various areas.
3. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
If you’re lucky to get early bird tickets they’re R100 and thereafter they’re R120.
4. WHERE CAN WE BUY TICKETS FROM?
We use Quicket for all of our events. You can type in Secret Sunrise DBN on their website to find our events, or have a look on our Facebook page and all of our events are posted there with direct ticket links.
5. WHATS BEEN THE BEST ONE SO FAR?
Oh gosh! This is so hard because they are all SO different. Our Christmas in July theme by the Umhlanga lighthouse was incredible. I also loved the Mandela Day one at The Cube, because it was intimate and you could feel the South African spirit. Our Women’s Day one was fun because it was my birthday and I got to dance to Beyoncè, Pink and the Spice Girls!
6. CAN ANYBODY DO IT?
Absolutely anybody can take part. We’ve had 3 year olds up to 83 year olds! That’s one of the joys for me, it brings all ages and backgrounds together in dance.
7. ANY NEW PROJECTS YOU WORKING ON?
I’ve just launched a charity initiative called Shoeperstars. Basically the Olympics have opened my eyes to the fact that we probably have so much untapped talent in our rural areas, and they aren’t nurturing that talent because they don’t have the means. I decided to start a collection of old running shoes and trainers for us to distribute amongst the talented runners in our more rural areas so that they can train and realise their full potential. We update our own trainers at least once a year, so there really is way for us to give back, by donating that old pair to someone in need. People like Wayde van Niekerk, Akani Simbine and Caster Semenye have inspired our nation, so it’s time we did the same.
Go check out Secret Sunrise and Shoeperstars Facebook pages @secretsunrisedurban and @shoeperstars