Off the streets and on their toes

2015-05-12 06:00
Jade Cerff and Joel Lottering from Lavender Hill are stepping towards a better life and want to represent South Africa at a dance competition overseas.

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Jade Cerff and Joel Lottering from Lavender Hill are stepping towards a better life and want to represent South Africa at a dance competition overseas. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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A young Lavender Hill dance duo are set on putting their best foot forward and making South Africa proud at a global competition in Moldova.

Jade Cerff (11) and Joel Lottering (14) are competing at the World Championship Junior 2 Standard on 11 October.

Their two lives have taken an exciting new direction.

Jade says dancing has kept her off the streets, out of trouble and focused on her goals in life.

“If it was not for dance I would not have been so determined to make a success of my life,” she says. Joel shares Jade’s sentiment that dancing has given them the opportunity to explore life from a different view, despite the gang-riddled community they live in.

“I love dancing, it is a way of life for me,” he says.

Between the two of them they have 15 years of dance experience. They have been dancing together for about three years.

Jade and Joel are dance students at Kim Dance Studio in Ottery. The two have a tight schedule which includes practising their dance routines three days a week, with the last practice on Friday evenings.

“We practise for about two hours at a time, whereas on a Friday we practise from about 20:00 until 21:30,” Jade says.

However, the duo says as much as dancing is important to them, their academics play a vital role in being successful. Joel says they put as much effort into their school work as they do into dancing.

Now that the two have been selected to represent their country they need financial assistance. They require about R60 000 to pay for flights and accommodation as well as their dance outfits.

“We would appreciate it if we could get the support to make our dreams come true.

“To represent the country at the competition would make us really proud,” the duo says.

Anyone interested in making a donation can call Beverley on 071 850 6939 or Irma on 083 333 5499

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