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Alies presteer by South Africa Championship of the Performing Arts

performingarts 2015Vyf leerlinge van Riette se Dansateljee het Oos-Kaap verteenwoordig by die South Africa Championship of the Performing Arts in Rustenburg.

Valesca von Memerty and Renoula Prosaloglou each danced a Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Jenice Sauer and Tammy Kumm each danced Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop.

Thabisa Nxawe danced a Ballet and Hip Hop

The dancing section was very competitive with nearly 3000 entries and the standards set were high.

The dancers performed very well. Thabisa Nxawe received the Silver Medal for her Hip Hop in the age group 13-15 years and Valesca von Memerty received the silver medal for her Ballet in the age group 18-24 years.

Only one Gold, One Silver and One Bronze medal is awarded in each age group for each performing art.

Auditions were also held for the Beyond 2000 Showcase. All 5 senior dancers were successful in the auditions. They had to learn the choreography and prepare for the big performance in the Showcase on the Saturday evening. During practice sessions no teachers or parents were allowed to watch or assist in any way.

A very big surprise awaited Riette Dance studio as they were called to perform three of the five solo ballet entries at the showcase. What an honour for Valesca, Renoula, and Thabisa to perform their three ballet dances! All five girls also excelled in their respective group performances as part of the Showcase. Congratulations to very dedicated, hardworking dancers!

Strandloper 2015

BlaaskansWat ‘n voorreg was dit nie om 15 baie opgewonde Gr 9 en een Gr.10 leerling te vergesel op hul eerste volwaardige staproete.

Early March the group got together to compare notes, so to speak. The pupils were shown how to pack a backpack, what to pack and very important, hints were given as to what type of food could be packed. It had to be nutritious, but lightweight. For many it was their first experience of the small camp stove, pots and pans.

Vrydag 1 April om 6 uur het die bus vertrek na Keimond. Om 11 uur het die groep begin stap. Die aanvanklike skok van ‘n “massa” op jou rug was gou vergete en met die see wat ruis aan die een kant het almal veilig, maar gedaan in Double Mouth Karavaanpark aangekom. Kamp is opgeslaan en teen agtuur was dit grafstil, almal reeds in droomland.

Die volgende dag het die groep na Haga-Haga en terug gestap. ‘n Kilometer duskant Haga-Haga het die klippe en sand reeds sy tol geeis, die kinders was moeg.

The group leader realized that they needed a good rest before they could attempt the 9km back to Double Mouth. The problem was that a rest meant that it would be high tide by the time the group reached the river crossing at Double Mouth. This crossing proved to be a challenge, but with the aid of a rope all hikers managed to get across safely. Thank you “Oom Chris” for being prepared with the rope.

The third day, from Haga-Haga to Cintsa, a distance of 18km proved to be extremely challenging – the last 10km usually a very relaxing beach walk was extra tough, it was high tide which meant the hikers had to negotiate the 10km in the loose sand; no easy task.

The tents were pitched and sore muscles relaxed in the swimming pool. Good fortune on a hike depends on the weather and sadly luck ran out. It started pouring at 6 o’ clock and never stopped until the group had to pack up the following morning, all in the pouring rain.

All is well that ends well, the hike was enjoyed by all and many memories were made and unforgettable lessons learnt.

Ons Gee Om Landsienders wil graag net vir Juffrou Lorinda van Jaarsveld bedank wat elke jaar hierdie stap moontlik maak. Baie dankie vir al die tyd en moeite wat ingaan in al die reelings en beplanning. Dankie ook aan Oom Chris en Mnr. Bosch wat die groep vergesel het.