Dancing lesson for pupils

2017-03-28 06:03
PHOTO: suppliedA KZN DSSL workshop hosted at Curro Mount Richmore.

PHOTO: suppliedA KZN DSSL workshop hosted at Curro Mount Richmore.

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DANCE takes a lot of skill and athleticism and is considered a sport worldwide.
South African schools agree and are adopting the Dance Sport School League (DSSL) as part of their sport options for pupils.

Nicki Wiggett, DSSL co-founder and national secretary, said: “We are so proud and excited to have started the DSSL. We know that dance will help our children, who may not feature in the more traditional school sports, to shine and build their self-esteem and in this way we are doing our communities and country a great service.”

Craig Bullock, chairman of the Street Dance Association (SDA), which runs DSSL said: “In 2015 I realised the only way for dance to grow, as do the other sports in South Africa, is to run it through schools.” 

Bullock and Wiggett registered a non-profit company and piloted a DanceSport School League in Gauteng, which was successful.
Due to this success the SDA was given national accreditation from Dance Sport SA (ex Fedansa) Khwezi Chonco, President of DanceSport SA, said: “We gave the Dance Sport School League our blessing as we believe this is a very important step for dance to address the need for a formal, recognised platform to showcase our many talented dancers within the South African schools’ system. 

“Our endorsement is supported by the World Dance Sport Federation and Sascoc, which now entitles the Street DanceAssociation to issue provincial and national colours through their DSSL programme, which is very exciting.”  

“The DSSL runs in KZN, Gauteng and Western Cape in 33 schools. The Department of Sports and Recreation has mandated that we take the programme to all provinces, which we are working on to achieve,” said Bullock.

This programme has also received a lot of interest from other countries. During his travels as an international Street Dance adjudicator, Bullock has had many discussions to bring more people on board to generate international fixtures for national teams.  

Bullock has already trained 70 coaches and judges in Mauritius and Rodrigues, who have adopted the DSSL programme. 
They are preparing for the first international fixture with South Africa in 2018.

The DSSL programme also generates work for dancers. 

They have a coach and adjudicator programme, which has already trained 62 coaches and 25 adjudicators around the country.

Wiggett said the main objectives of the SDA is to bring dance into the main-stream sporting arena where dancers are recognised as athletes. 

“Through our Dance Sport School League we are drawing on the experience and success of the hockey, rugby and cricket school format, whereby pupils compete at school, district, regional and provincial events to ultimately achieve the highest honour of representing one’s country.” 
For more information, contact Nicki at nicki@dssl.co.za


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