Front: Crystal Kirstein, Ulrich Greeff and luzaan Spies.
Back: Marné Barnard, John Slabber, Bonita Lourens-Jacobs (coach), Jeandré Joubert and Nicole Muller.
Six dancers from Merensky High School’s MDDA (Music, Dance, Drama & Art School) spent the holidays on their toes.
Marné Barnard, Nicole Muller, Crystal Kirstein, Jeandré Joubert, John Slabber and Ulrich Greeff competed in two Solo Danca Latina championships in Polokwane.
Solo Danca Latina by Mark Dooley is part of DanceSport SA, affiliated to SASCOC (SA Olympic Committee) which means that the provincial and national colours are recognised by the Department of Sports & Recreation.
The dancers gave their all in the Limpopo championships on 1 and 2 October. Nicole Muller and John Slabber took third place in the NRG section. Nicole also ranked sixth in Classics. Ulrich Greeff achieved a third place in the Latin section as well as a sixth place in the Open Hip-Hop section.
This endeavour was followed by a dance bootcamp as well as provincial team battles. Nicole, John, Ulrich and Jeandré were part of the Limpopo team which ranked third.
The highlight of the week was the SA championships, 5-7 October. It was fortunate that this prestigeous event was hosted by the Limpopo province this year. Jeandré Joubert took fourth place in the Latin and NRG sections. Jeandré and partner, Luzaan Spies, hold seventh position in the Couples Lift section, while Nicole Muller and Crystal Kirstein and partners placed fifth.
The dancers appreciate the input and support of Ms Bonita Jacobs (coach: Latin, NRG and Classics).