Global Dance Supreme brings dance lovers together in Blairgowrie

Founder of Kryptonite Dance Academy Eugene Baloyi, dancers Rudie Smit, and Leila Meyer gets ready for the workshop.

The first-ever Africa and Intercontinental Dance championship and intercontinental battles kicked off with a workshop at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre on 8 and 9 September.

Choreographers from the USA and France arrived in Randburg to be part of the teaching event.

 

Danvers with local dancer Rudi Smit (seated in the middle). Photo: Supplied

 

The USA’s Buddha Stretch, French dancer, choreographer and artistic director, Marrie ‘Poppins’ Bonnevay, JaMarSpartan Jackson and a krump dancer from New York, choreographer and instructor, Candace Brown all spent time with local dancers.

 

Kryptonite Dance Academy’s Oratile Letsoalo, Okuhle Matomane, Keamo Matlhoko, and Precious Baloyi at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre.

Two-time Red Bull BC One world champion, Bboy Lilou from France, South African Sello Reuben Modiga who has a background in Pantsula workshops as well as Rudi Smit, who concentrated on jazz-funk, were also there.

 

Nicholas van der Walt, Phofu Setwaba, and Michael Meredith at the intercontinental dance workshop in Blairgowrie.

Competition organisers and an organisation aimed at developing competitive events throughout the world, Global Dance Supreme, said the workshop not only attracted dancers from many studios from the surrounding Johannesburg suburbs, but also from all around South Africa.

 

Members of the Kryptonite Dance Academy, who won South Africa’s Got Talent in 2016, are eager to experience the intercontinental workshop.

Dion van der Merwe, who is from Global Dance Supreme, said each class presented by renowned choreographers and instructors had up to 50 dancers.

“[The dancers] were eager to learn from pioneers and trendsetters in the game; the energy levels and skills were off the charts,” he said.

“For our inaugural event, the Global Dance Supreme management are more than proud of what seems to be the start of a phenomenal week of dance.”

This dance celebration will continue at the Walter Sisulu Hall from 13 to 16 September.

 

Dion van der Merwe and Fairchild Phiri from Global Dance Supreme at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre on 8 September.

Fairchild Phiri, also from Global Dance Supreme, previously told the Randburg Sun that the dance competition has various divisions and sections, starting from the junior section, with dancers aged seven to 12 years old until the adult division.

“The adult division includes Legion Division, which has up to 40 dancers in the dance group,” he said.

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Chantelle Fourie

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