TROPHY: BEST GROUP AND GOLDEN TICKETS
Renate Botha, Joha du Toit, Celia Duvenhage (coach), Eyre Koekemoer and Tenia Albertyn.
On Saturday 25 August, numerous Merensky High School dancers had the opportunity to compete in a Limpopo Dance Fusion competition, held in Tzaneen. A total of seven local studios accepted this challenge over eighteen categories.
Liam O’Brien (grade 10) did exceptionally well. Not only did he receive a golden ticket, which enables him to compete for the South African team at the international Get the Beat competition in Singapore, but received an award for the most dynamic dancer, as well as the trophy for the best overall acrobatic dance.
Liam was also placed first in his Open Solo, Contemporary Group, Open Group and Modern Jazz Group. Together with his dance partner, Marlie le Roux, they also received the Best Overall Duet trophy. Marlie was part of the Contemporary Group who received gold, as well as the Open and Modern Jazz Group placed first.
Talented Sanel Botha (grade 8), Nicole Muller and Handy Mosila (both in grade 10) also received golden tickets to compete in Asia. Handy was awarded a gold and Sanel and Nicole pro silvers for their contemporary solos. Crystal Kirstein also achieved a pro silver (80-84%).
The grade 10 trio consisting of Renate Botha, Tenia Albertyn and Joha du Toit was overjoyed with their golden ticket, after being awarded 92% as well as the trophy for the Best Group Dance in their category. Ilanie de Bruyn and Karla Grobbelaar (grade 8) got pro silver for their duet.
Juané Pretorius (grade 8) received a gold for her Contemporary Group item, a silver for her Open Solo, two first placings for her Open Group and Modern Jazz Group items. She was part of the group who claimed two titles: Best Overall Contemporary Group trophy and Best Overall Choreography.
Newcomer, Samuel Loughor-Clarke (grade 9) received a gold as part of a contemporary quartet together with Annandi Bothma (grade 8), who was also part of the Best Open Group item.
Chantelle Pieters (grade 10) also received a silver, while Tenia Albertyn (grade 10) and Nika Brits (grade 8) were awarded pro bronze for their items.
Merensky salutes these dancers and congratulate their teachers, Annemieke Osmers, Bonita Jacobs, Celia Duvenhage and Genevieve Booysen on excellent results.