City to host song, dance  auditions


INTERNATIONAL Arts Talent Showcase (IATS) will be in town again this weekend to scout singers, dancers, actors and models and help them realise their dreams.
Every year the IATS helps local entertainers, both young and old, in various disciplines in a bid to help them realise their dreams.

It gives youngsters an opportunity not only to showcase their talent locally, but the opportunity to travel abroad and the chance at an international education.

Director Elsubie Verlinden who was raised in East London, said they were very excited to be returning home.

Last year’s auditions attracted 60 contestants and they are expecting hopefuls to come out in force again this year.

In her capacity as regional director for ARTS in Africa, she has provided countless young South Africans exposure to top educational outlets in the US.

“Those who succeed this weekend will participate in the national auditions that will be held in Johannesburg on October 7 and 8. This is big and we invite anyone who thinks they have a talent to try out at the auditions.

“From national auditions they will go to the international expo in the United States next year. Kim Myers who is our international talent scout, chooses the people we take with us to the United States,” ex-Grens High pupil, Verlinden said.

TAKE A STEP : International Arts Talent Showcase will be in town to scout singers, dancers, actors and models.
TAKE A STEP : International Arts Talent Showcase will be in town to scout singers, dancers, actors and models.

IATS is the South African leg of the ARTS, held annually in Orlando, Florida and is managed by Verlinden, Founder of Just You Model and Artist Management.

Growing up, she discovered there was a lack of opportunities for people seeking a career in the arts. She then teamed up with Meyers to bring the showcase to the African continent.

“This is not a competition, but a platform, its primary focus on arts education which allows longevity in the marketplace. Those who are selected are taken through the steps and taught the ins and outs of the industry. They can then use that information to further develop themselves,” Verlinden said.

“Contestants should not be hard on themselves as long as they know that they are talented, they will do just fine,” Verlinden said.

To book your spot, e-mail Elouise Janse van Rensburg on, bookings close tomorrow at 9am.



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