Dancing is her life

2018-04-17 06:01
Christine Fritsch, the first woman in South Africa to have won a dance title in Russia.PHOTO: supplied

Christine Fritsch, the first woman in South Africa to have won a dance title in Russia.PHOTO: supplied

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GROWING up, Christine Fritsch, was a bubbly and energetic child. She loved life and her teachers advised her parents to send her to dance classes.

Fast forward to 23 years later, Fritsch, is the first woman in South Africa to have won a dance title in Russia.

Speaking to the Fever, Fritsch said: “I can truly say that I’ve been mad about dancing since the age of four. I knew very early on that dancing was what I wanted to pursue in life and I have pretty much dedicated my life to making my dreams become a reality,” explained the 23-year-old.

She said it has never been an easy journey, but she thanks God for where she is now: “There were many bumps in the road, however, it was not smooth sailing and it is by the grace of God to be where I am as a dancer today.”

Fritsch is a trained classical ballet dancer and she completed all her Cecchetti ballet examinations in her matric year.

“In 2015 I was accepted to the Cape academy of Performing Arts and sadly after a year, an ongoing ankle injury prohibited me from continuing.

“I was forced to have an extensive operation if I had any hopes of pursuing dancing as a career,” she said.

After the operation Fritsch said she moved back home to recover and waited six months after she was given a go ahead to start dancing again.

“After the operation I felt like a lost course and started questioning my choice of career. I no longer felt that burning passion inside of me and I kept on questioning my decision to be a dancer,” said Fritsch.

Fritsch said that she then took a back seat to try something completely new: “I wanted to do something I’ve never done before and by doing that maybe I would learn how to dance for fun and love it again.”

Fritsch said that after she had taken her time off, she then found joy in Latin American dancing and said that it came as a surprise to her because she completely fell madly in love with the style.

“I could not get enough and the whole just for fun faded away, although, never once have I stopped having fun while taking it seriously to this day,” said Fritsch.

Fritsch said that she found a dancer partner Mpho Kgatla and in just two months they put together five routines and entered the South African Championships in Russia. “The competition was a huge success and I am the first South African woman to have won a title in Russia in the professional section and have the flag raised for our country.” “I am truly proud of the dancer I am today, and I want to encourage the youth to always follow in their dreams,” Fritsch said. .

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