Global award for Dur­ban dance academy

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DUR­BAN’S Ku­mari Veloshani Man­icum Dance Academy were the win­ners of In­dia’s In­ter­na­tional Groove­fest (IIG) held in Dubai re­cently.

The suc­cess was quickly cel­e­brated with fam­ily and sup­port­ers via Face­book.

“To some it may be en­ter­tain­ment, but to us it’s life! … 200 con­tes­tants, five cat­e­gories… four months of hard work, tears and long hours of prac­tice is all it took to bring the gold to Africa,” wrote Man­icum.

The team won first place in the Semi Clas­si­cal Cat­e­gory at IIG, walk­ing off with a gold tro­phy and medals.

Man­icum said the ex­pe­ri­ence was amaz­ing: “Firstly, the event show­cased the best dancers from around the world on one stage. Hav­ing been able to even step on the stage was over­whelm­ing and beyond any feel­ing a dancer could feel.

“This is a vic­tory for South Africa, and not just our team. We felt proud to hear South Africa men­tioned on this plat­form. Win­ning this award helped us bring pride to In­dian danc­ing in South Africa.”

The team per­formed their piece on Novem­ber 16, which also hap­pened to mark the an­niver­sary of the In­di­ans’ ar­rival in South Africa.

“We used that as the theme be­hind our dance piece. Our dance showed the con­nec­tion be­tween dance as we were ‘Made in In­dia’ and proudly South African. I was adamant to show the pride of be­ing South African, hence the fa­mous Waka Waka was also used in our dance item. My team had tears in their eyes when we per­formed Waka Waka, as we felt we ac­tu­ally brought South Africa to Dubai in the form of dance.”

The IIG is an in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive event that pro­vides a global plat­form to dance enthusiasts. The com­pe­ti­tion was open to am­a­teurs and trained pro­fes­sion­als who are pas­sion­ate about danc­ing.

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THE Ku­mari Veloshani Man­icum Dance Academy team won an in­ter­na­tional dance fes­ti­val in Dubai. Ku­mari Veloshani Man­icum, left, Maxine Mu­ru­gan, Divenita Goven­der and Valen­tia Pil­lay with their tro­phy.|

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