Street bash to raise funds

2018-04-03 06:00
Some of the members of the Foxtrot Dance Club during the street fundraising event.

Some of the members of the Foxtrot Dance Club during the street fundraising event.

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Your family has got talent, so why not share it with the community? This is what the Lottering family from Woodstock is doing.

This is a family of successful dancers giving back to their community through their Foxtrot Dance Studio.

Meagan Lottering, who is a former South African dance national champion, says her parents founded the studio in 2000 and it has grown over the years to the point where they can offer a non-profit dance club. “A few years ago we started a community class in Woodstock at St Mary’s Church. This came about as our passion lies in enriching the lives of children, particularly those who do not often get opportunities.”

The studio hosted a street bash fundraising event on Wednesday 21 March with the aim of raising funds to allow the children to participate in dance events. These children are taught standard ballroom and Latin American dancing­.

Lottering says they currently work with more than 40 children between the ages of five and 18.

“We try to teach the children that they can achieve anything they work hard at. We show them that their current circumstance is not a final destination for them and that there are people out there who are willing to help. The children and parents love the initiative.”

Langston Muller says the dance classes make him feel like he is part of the community and teach him values. “I learn that we can play together and respect each other and to stay out of trouble.”

He advises young people to get involved in community activities.

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