Tap-dancing midlands grannies delight ‘SA’s Got Talent’ judges

2009-07-29 00:00

FIVE midlands grannies, including an energetic 80-year-old, have gone through to the second round of the SA’s Got Talent show with their tap dance routine.

The women, who call themselves the Golden Entertainers, tapped their way into the hearts of judges Randall Abrahams, Shado Twala and Ian von Memerty at the Durban auditions at Sibaya Casino yesterday.

Dressed in cool white suits with red top hats, Sharleen McNeill, Diane Hamilton, Rose-Marie Coventry, Jean Wylde-Hughes and Gloria Harrison — who have 31 grandchildren and five great grandchildren between them — got the crowds going with their routine and even had the judges clapping and laughing.

Aged between 52 and 80, they showed more enthusiasm and energy than many of the younger dancers who tried their luck at the audition.

McNeill told The Witness they are ecstatic about the great comments from the judges, including the sometimes grumpy Abrahams.

With a big smile, he told the group they proved “that age is nothing but a number”, while Von Memerty said their “tap teacher would be proud” as their co-ordination was brilliant.

McNeill said the group, who have been performing for the past 14 years, decided to enter the competition to show others that the elderly can still have fun.

“This is just for fun; we want to show others that they can still have fun like us. We have never entered a competition like this, but we are glad we did now,” she said.

Golden Entertainers are all good friends who hold shows at old age homes, retirement villages and charity events.

“Dancing makes us happy. It’s great that we are able to make people smile; at the end of the day, that’s what we want,” she said.

McNeill choreographs the group’s 100-plus routines, while the others help design and make their dazzling outfits.

Harrison said that while most of the contestants were nervous, the group remained calm and just enjoyed their performance.

“We were not nervous as we had done this before.

“It’s all about having fun. We came here with a message and I think it got through,” she said.

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