Dancers sparkle at national champs

2016-11-29 06:00
Six members of the Heideveld dance group obtained their South African colours in ballroom and Latin American dancing. Here are (from left) Lynne Norman (coach), Kelvin Nair, Riana Jacobs, Washfeeq Abrahams, Mia-Carla Norman, Devandré Japhta, Angelique Pieterse and Roderick Norman (coach).

Six members of the Heideveld dance group obtained their South African colours in ballroom and Latin American dancing. Here are (from left) Lynne Norman (coach), Kelvin Nair, Riana Jacobs, Washfeeq Abrahams, Mia-Carla Norman, Devandré Japhta, Angelique Pieterse and Roderick Norman (coach).

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Six youths from Heideveld have done the area proud after obtaining both their Western Province and South African colours in ballroom and Latin American dancing.

Kelvin Nair, Riana Jacobs, Washfeeq Abrahams, Mia-Carla Norman, Devandré Japhta and Angelique Pieterse all took part in the competition which was held at the Belhar indoor centre.

“Achieving SA colours is something every dancer dreams about. It was a memorable occasion and the hard work really paid off,” says Jacobs.

The group were supervised by Norman’s parents, Lynne and Roderick Norman, who run the Heideveld dance group.

The group, barely two years old, sent 15 couples to the event. The dancers are eligible to obtain their provincial or national colours throughout the year based on their scores at various events.

“We now have almost 40 kids participating. We had our ups and downs, but it has been excellent on the whole in the sense that the kids have grown in the time we spent. They have really taken to the dancing, especially within the community. We are overjoyed that some of them have gotten their colours,” says Norman.

Mia-Carla says she is honoured to be awarded her national and provincial colours, especially after working so hard all year.

“This is a huge honour and achievement to get my South African colours in ballroom and Latin American dancing, especially for someone from Heideveld – like me. I worked hard for this and it proves that you can achieve anything if you try and put a lot of effort into it,” she says.

Her father says the achievement allows the dancers to compete in international competition representing South Africa – both locally and abroad, should the opportunity arise.

Pieterse is equally proud of her achievement and says it is satisfying to achieve the goal she has set out for herself. Nair harbours further hopes of becoming the best in the country, while Japhta was in shock after finding out.

“The first time I heard that I was chosen I was in shock, but excited at the same time. Wow! I achieved my South African colours and that is an amazing feeling! Receiving my colours made me feel proud of myself, to show children my age that you can become something in life and achieve your goals. It is never too early or late to achieve anything in life,” says Japhta.

Norman praised all the dancers in the group for their dedication and hard work.

“They have really been exceptional this year. A lot of it shows with hard work and perseverance they can really attain anything. Some of these kids come out of very poor families and broken homes, but they still managed to achieve what they wanted to. That is more a testament to them than anything else. This really proves that our kids can do well in other sports besides the main disciplines like rugby and football. With the participation of the community, especially their parents, our kids can go far in alternative forms of sport.”

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