Weekend Post Reporter
THE belles and beaus of Nelson Mandela’s ballroom dancing scene will be putting the best foot forward when they compete in this weekend’s annual Dare 2 Dance Studio Inter-schools Social Ballroom Dance Competition.
The cream of the city’s high school talent will be displayed at the Feather Market Centre on Saturday when teams from Alexander Road, DF Malherbe, Framesby, Grey High and Collegiate High (who will compete as one team), St George’s College, Victoria Park High, Westering High and Pearson High vie for the coveted floating trophy.
With the top three teams competing for the gold, silver and bronze medals, reigning champions Grey and Collegiate will have their work cut out as competition is expected to be tough.
Dare 2 Dance teachers Hadrian Roberts, Lesley van Onselen and Shellaine Strydom are once again driving the popular competition, which tests skill levels in disciplines like the rhythm foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango and rock ‘n roll, as well as Latin styles like mambo, cha cha and jive.
“The competition is the only one of its kind in South Africa,” Roberts said.
Roberts took over the dance school from veteran instructors Ron Sanderson-Smith and wife Brenda three years ago.
This year will be the first time the competition has included an open category, with organisers asking students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Rhodes University to take a turn on the dance floor.
Adjudicators are Neville Letard, Dorothy McFarlane and Dina Marx, while Nigel Hawkins fills the role of scrutineer. All are members of the South African Dance Teachers Association (SADTA).
Registration for dancers is at 4pm and dancing will begin at 5pm. Tickets for the public are R60 and are available from Computicket.