Plus-sizes locals in top 10 worldwide

2018-11-06 06:02
From left are Shakeela Talmarkes, Lucille Richards, Desire Keersmaker, Janice Erasmus, Aysh Fakier, Alexia Coleman and Miranda Parker.

From left are Shakeela Talmarkes, Lucille Richards, Desire Keersmaker, Janice Erasmus, Aysh Fakier, Alexia Coleman and Miranda Parker.

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Local dance group, Mystique, managed to make it into the top 10 worldwide at the Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness (Fisaf) International World Fitness and Hip-Hop Unite Championships in Leiden on Saturday 20 October.

This group of moms had been looking forward to their first experience competing overseas in their mission to inspire other women to be confident and proud of themselves regardless of their body shapes and sizes.

“Teamwork makes the dream work,” says Janice Erasmus, expressing their joy.

“We really feel so honoured to have represented South Africa. We were born for the stage. We prayed, hugged and killed it, and enjoyed every minute of it. We feel unstoppable. As mothers we realise now more than ever before that we can do anything we set our minds to. Meeting new friends and getting all kitted out to perform for international judges at this age was a dream come true.”

She says their success in the competition proved that it is never too late to follow a dream. Hard work paying off

Their achievement follows months of intense practice, rehearsals and sacrifices as they had to take time away from their families and commitments to prepare for the championships.

“We want other moms to know that it is never too late to dance again.”

The group is made up of seven women from different suburbs who usually meet at Out of Africa Dance Academy in Wynberg on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00.

For some of the members, this was their first time travelling overseas, and Erasmus describes the experience as “so much fun travelling to unfamiliar ground”. They all had to raise funds for their trip.

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