Glitz and Glamour at MDDA gala evening

Janco Blignaut, Suandrie Corbett, Ms Ingrid Linde and Theodora Livingstone.

MUSIC – Janco Blignaut, Suandrie Corbett, Ms Ingrid Linde and Theodora Livingstone.

The final Thrilling Tuesday of 2017 was hosted by Merensky High School’s MDDA on 17 October. A variety of excellent items were showcased, where after the annual prize giving ceremony took place.

In the Modern Dance section, Amelia Middleton, Jenna Devenish and Hayley Stephenson received certificates for completing a full 12 year stint with tutor, Ms Celia Duvenhage. Hayley was also awarded 1st place, Tenia Albertyn took 2nd place and Jenna was placed 3rd. Renate Botha was awarded the title: Best Progress During 2017.

On the Drama scene the award for best progress went to Ulrich Greeff, while Kevin van den Bergh took the honours for comedy and Lize Crafford for dramatic work. Suandrie Corbett received the trophy for overall best performance at the Tzaneen Eisteddfod from their drama tutor, Ms Mari Weber.

In the exciting Latin NRG and Classics section presented by Ms Bonita Jacobs, newcomer Rynard Mitchell showed best improvement. After performing a stunning dance item, it was no wonder that Nicole Muller received the award for best rounded dancer of 2017. Ulrich Greeff was named as the most versatile dancer, while Jeandré Joubert carries the title of best entertainer. Well known dancer, John Slabber received a well deserved performance award.

On the music scene, Ms Mareli van der Walt awarded Heinrich Schultz as most promising saxophone player, while Suandrie Corbett received an award as flutist. Guitarist Tian Viljoen made the best progress, while Jaco van Staden was honoured as top guitar achiever. Riëtte Warmenhoven was named best vocalist.

Ms Ingrid Linde awarded Suandrie Corbett the trophy for music theory and talented Janco Blignaut received the award for best piano player. Larisa Vogel was honoured for best improvement with Theodora Livingstone receiving a trophy for her accomplishment on the violin.

Vocal trainer of the past two years, Ms Bobbi Gerber also bid farewell to the MDDA during this event. She announced Cara Mia Baker to be the top vocal student, while Jordin Young showed the most potential.

On the art scene Anize Basson received the trophy for the best student from Ms Berthie Greyling. Mianke Badenhorst was honoured for her commitment and Leola Visagie showed the best improvement.

Dance surely is alive and well on Plasieland, as was proven by the final ballet awards. Ms Genevieve Booyse presented a thrilled Amy Selfe with a certificate for best endurance and a trophy for good performance. Steph Marie de Lange was named most improved dancer and also received a trophy for best junior. Judi Fleischmann’s certificate stated best attendance and her trophy read: Most Improved Dancer. The award for best senior dancer was made to Suandrie Corbett. Ikne Stucki “stuck” it out, and received a certificate for outstanding attitude.

The final award, Best All-rounder, deservedly for the second year, went to Suandrie Corbett. This talented Plasie definitely used all the opportunities the MDDA offered in 2017 by doing drama, flute, ballet and music theory.

Registration for MDDA classes in 2018, open on 15 November.