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SA Dancers Bring Home Gold as New World Champions

Representing SA and accepting their gold medals are (from the left) Coralle Versfeld, Shannon Weir, Kingsley Beukes, Fayme Hattingh, Bradley Peters and Xola Willie

South Africa has proven its power again this December as it leaped into pole position in this year’s International Dance Organisation (IDO) World Show Dance Championships held in Germany.  With a strong presence spanning over two decades in the IDO, SA dancers bring home the top number of gold medals at this year’s World Championships where more than 3500 of the best Show Dancers, representing  35 nations from 5 continents, battled it out to be crowned World Champions.

After an incredible amount hard work, dedication and impeccable performance over six days of gruelling competition, SA dominated the medals table collecting the most gold medals (5) and a host of silver (4) and bronze (3) medals respectively.


Bradley Peter

Xola Willie, Kingsley Beukes and Bradley Peter worked tirelessly with their fellow team mates to impress the judges, winning gold medals in the Adult Formation and Small Group categories. Proving their skill in the athletic performances created by acclaimed Slovenian choreographer, Mitja Popovsky, these three sporting gentlemen flexed their muscle on the world stage, placing SA on top of the World Championships ranking.


Kingsley Beukes

Team Coach, Wendy Quarmby, headed this committed team of 54 dancers saying, “The SA team left the Erdgas Arena with the song We Are The Champions ringing in their ears and the SA national anthem echoed through the German stadium.”

This accomplished team of SA dancers is crossing borders and breaking boundaries, proudly flying the SA flag high above the world and cementing SA’s place in the international arena of competitive dance.

2012 IDO Show Dance World Championships, Riesa, Germany
Final medal table:
1st  South Africa: 5 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze, Total = 12
2nd Slovenia: 4 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze, Total = 9
3rd Russia: 3 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze, Total = 11
4th Canada: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, Total = 3
5th Italy: 1 gold, 1 bronze, Total = 2
6th Germany: 1 gold, Total = 1
7th Montenegro: 1 gold, Total = 1
8th Czech Republic: 3 silver, 2 bronze, Total = 5
9th Hungary: 1 silver, Total = 1
10th Poland: 2 bronze, Total = 2

By Lindsay McDonald, Mzansi Productions

Photographs by Tony Maher

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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