Diski team teaches fancy footwork across KZN to spread World Cup fever

2010-05-04 00:00

A TEAM of local Diski dancers has spent the last six months travelling the midlands and Durban areas teaching the art of the diski to people of all ages and races.

The group was formed by the Midlands Meander Association’s head of PR and Marketing, Nikki Tilley. Tilley pitched the idea to Philip Gumede, a dance instructor at Howick Preparatory School. Gumede then took it upon himself to assemble and train a team of dancers to travel the province in an attempt to enhance the spirit of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The team consists of a dozen dancers who range in age from 10 to 40. One of the members is a SA Police Force officer.

Gumede and his team perform and teach the Diski dance about four times a week at different venues and have been doing so for the last six months.

Visits to schools (mainstream and rural), churches, old age homes and gyms have all been a part of the Diski team’s hectic schedule. They performed at the well attended Johnny Clegg concert last month and will be performing three times at this year’s Royal Show.

Tilley says the Diski team has been an amazing concept and that it has been extremely successful.

“The point is to teach the public the Diski dance and in doing so, create a lively and passionate World Cup spirit,” she said.

“It really is incredible how busy these guys have been. We have been inundated with requests for our team to dance — the Diski ­fever certainly seems to have taken off!”

The Diski team does not charge anything for its performances, though a transportation fee might be charged if they are required to travel long distances and pay for taxis.

Tilley believes that the real reward is an opportunity to give people a way of embracing their heritage in being a part of South Africa’s showpiece, and she believes that the team will continue to do this in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

“By the end of the Royal Show, we will have performed in front of around 13 000 people, which is just fantastic.”

More details about the services of the Midlands Meander Association Diski Team are available from Nikki Tilley at pr@midlandsmeander.co.za.

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