Shimmying for champs

2018-03-20 06:00
The girls with their coaches and judges at the competition.

The girls with their coaches and judges at the competition.

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Three local belly dancers have qualified to go head to head in the hopes of representing South Africa at the world champs.

Leah Sasman and Ashlyn Prinsloo from Strandfontein, along with their dance peer Farah Burton from Parow, competed in the regional qualifiers for the Western Cape round of World of Dance South Africa held at Durbanville High School on Saturday 10 March.

The three girls succeeded in qualifying and will attend the South African competition in May this year. This is the first time they have qualified.

“We are overwhelmed at how great it is for this 10 year old and two 14 year olds to have gotten this far. They only had one week of two-hour practice each day and they kicked it off so well. All three of them are Miss Belly Dance title holder winners in their short life of dancing,” says Vicentita Prinsloo, Ashlyn’s mother.

The girls all attend Dance Descendants Studio, where they trained vigorously for this major event. The hard work paid off when they won their category to move onto the finals to be held at the Lyric Theatre in Gauteng on Sunday 13 May.

The girls also won an additional award for the best overall costume at the competition.

The World of Dance regional rounds will continue over the next few weeks in Durban and Gauteng, with additional online applications from the rest of Africa. All the finalists will go head to head at the Lyric Theatre to stand a chance of representing South Africa at the World of Dance world finals in Los Angeles, USA later this year.

“[Ahead of the nationals will be] more and more practice. Our girls are very confident of doing their best at the nationals,” says Prinsloo.


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