SOUTH AFRICA TOP NATION AT SHOW DANCE WORLD CHAMPS
After winning a total of seven medals on the final day, South Africa have completed the 2012 International Dance Organisation (IDO) Show Dance World Championships in Riesa, Germany as the top nation, edging out Slovenia and last year’s winners, Russia, who were second and third respectively.
Three gold, two silver and two bronze medals to the South African adult dancers (16 years and over) on the final day of the global showpiece on Sunday saw the African country top the nations’ medals table after finishing second to Russia in 2011.
Over the six-day championship, which has categories for three divisions – Children (11 and Under), Junior (12–15 years) and Adult (16 and over), South Africa earned a total of 12 medals, five gold, four silver and three bronze. South Africa also won more medals in total than any other country, with Russia (11) and Slovenia (9) the next most prolific.
Shannon Weir, competing in her first world championships, impressed the judges with her ‘Global Warming Kills’ routine to secure the gold medal in the solo women. It’s the second year in succession that a South African has won the title after Chante Groenewald claimed the crown in 2011.
South African teams dominated the Small Group final with ‘The Drowning’, comprising Bradley Peter, Kingsley Beukes, Xola Willie, Robyn Versveld, Shannon Weir and Fayme Hattingh, claiming the gold and ‘Medusa’, comprising Given Mkhize, Bradley Theron, Carl Davids, Gemma Passmore, Kristi Gresse and Leigh Meredith securing the silver.
In the Duos, both South African teams that reached the final won medals, but were unable to topple the Slovenian couple, Klara Lainscek and Jan Ravnik, who claimed the gold. Bradley Peter and Coralle Versfeld, who performed ‘The Deer Hunter’, secured the silver medal, while Xola Willie and Kingsley Beukes, dancing ‘Brotherhood’, rounded out the podium places with bronze.
Showing immense depth, three South Africans qualified for the six-place men’s solo final with Xola Willie claiming the bronze medal with his ‘Becoming a man’ routine. Bradley Peter finished fourth and Kingsley Beukes sixth.
The South African team in the Formation, performing ‘Private Investigation’, managed to secure South Africa’s final gold medal, beating the Czech Republic (silver) and Italy (bronze) to the top step of the podium. It was fitting in that it was also the final event of the championships and they were asked to repeat their performance after the prizegiving, with dancers from their rival teams seated around the perimeter of the arena floor.
The world championship-winning South African Formation team comprises Tracy Ackermann, Kingsley Beukes, Nicole D’Artnall, Carl Davids, Kylie Duvenhage, Lauren Edwards, Jenna Fieldgate, Micayla Green, Kristi-Leigh Gresse, Andrea Haddon, Fayme Hattingh, Faith Heigers, Micaella Jones, Porcia Kietzmann, Bronwyn Kruger, Leigh Meredith, Given Mkhize, Miche Orsmond, Gemma Passmore, Bradley Peter, Bradley Theron, Robynne Versfeld, Shannon Weir and Xola Willie.
The South African Dance Teachers Association (SADTA) commissioned Slovenian choreographer, Mitja Popovsky, to choreograph routines for the South African Small Group and Formation routines. It paid off handsomely, contributing six medals to country’s final total medal count.
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2012 IDO SHOW DANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RIESA – GERMANY
FINAL MEDAL TABLE:
- South Africa: 5 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze, Total = 12
- Slovenia: 4 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze, Total = 9
- Russia: 3 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze, Total = 11
- Canada: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, Total = 3
- Italy: 1 gold, 1 bronze, Total = 2
- Germany: 1 gold, Total = 1
- Montenegro: 1 gold, Total = 1
- Czech Republic: 3 silver, 2 bronze, Total = 5
- Hungary: 1 silver, Total = 1
- Poland: 2 bronze, Total = 2
SOUTH AFRICAN MEDAL WINNERS
- Kalon Badenhorst ‘No Escape from Reality’ – Junior Male Solo
- Team South Africa ‘The Composer’: Paloma Gaywood, Joanne Liebenberg, Stacey Woolnough, Kalon Badenhorst, Micaela Too, Rochelle Taylor and Chloe Metcalfe – Junior Small Group
- Shannon Weir, ‘Global Warming Kills’ – Adult Female Solo
- Team South Africa, ‘The Drowning’: Bradley Peter, Kingsley Beukes, Xola Willie, Robyn Versveld, Shannon Weir and Fayme Hattingh – Adult Small Group
- Team South Africa ‘Private Investigation’: Tracy Ackermann, Kingsley Beukes, Nicole D’Artnall, Carl Davids, Kylie Duvenhage, Lauren Edwards, Jenna Fieldgate, Micayla Green, Kristi-Leigh Gresse, Andrea Haddon, Fayme Hattingh, Faith Heigers, Micaella Jones, Porcia Kietzmann, Bronwyn Kruger, Leigh Meredith, Given Mkhized, Miche Orsmond, Gemma Passmore, Bradley Peter, Bradley Theron, Robynne Versfeld, Shannon Weir, Xola Willie – Adult Formation
- Kalon Badenhorst and Courtney Minnaar ‘Royal Sibling Rivalry’ – Junior Duo
- Team South Africa ‘Tailor made’: Paloma Gaywood, Joanne Liebenberg, Stacey Woolnough, Kalon Badenhorst, Luzanne Potgieter, Lune Stander, Kirsten Ewart, Olivia Horlacher, Saskia Lasch, Alexis Taylor, Carly Lakin, Alessia Westmorland, Micaela Todd, Chloe Metcalfe, Rochelle Taylor, Talia Levin, Tsebang Siphambo, Carla Gey von Pittius, Courtney Booyens, Rene Joubert, Ashton Parker, Maymarie van den Heever, Erin Orsmond and Hannah Miller – Junior Formation
- Bradley Peter and Coralle Versfeld ‘The Deer Hunter’ – Adult Duo
- Team South Africa, ‘Medusa’: Given Mkhize, Bradley Theron, Carl Davids, Gemma Passmore, Kristi Gresse and Leigh Meredith – Adult Small Group
- Team South Africa ‘The Picnic’: Shani Roeloffse, Jordan Talbot, Sarah Miller, Somer February, Jolien Mey, Carlia Janse van Rensburg and Erin Orsmond – Children Small Group
- Xola Willie and Kingsley Beukes ‘Brotherhood’ – Adult Duo
- Xola Willie ‘Becoming a man’ – Adult Solo Male