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YEBO MILLIONAIRES BALLROOM CHAMPIONSHIP (article first published : 2008-09-9)

As the 2008 Vodacom Yebo Millionaires Ballroom Championship samba’ed into the steamy atmosphere of the playground of the Zulu Kingdom, 160 couples thronged the dance floor in the Durban City Hall for the KwaZulu/Natal leg of the competition.

Several celebrity judges from the popular TV show, Strictly Come Dancing, added to the prestige of the event. They were Dave Campbell, Lillian Phororo, Salome Sechele and Tyrone Watkins, all of whom are household names following the screening of the popular show.

The Yebo Millionaires Ballroom Championship forms part of the Celebrate Durban season and incorporates the Gold Cup championship. The competing couples represented 28 dance schools, including 16 from Durban. A number of Gauteng schools were also represented, as were one each from the Free State, Eastern Cape and North West province, illustrating the growing attraction of this competition for South African dancers.

The Durban leg marked the fourth regional event of this brand new Vodacom sponsorship, and followed the opening of the Championship in the Western Cape, the second leg in Eastern Cape and the Gauteng leg. One more regional event will be held in Mmabatho in the North West province before the national final on September 27 in Gauteng.

Along the way, hundreds of couples, both professional and amateur, will waltz and cha-cha, among other steps, their way through Ballroom and Latin routines in a bid to win top honours. A total cash purse of R136,000, medals, trophies and a host of other prizes make this competition one of the most prestigious on the ballroom dancing calendar.

A unique feature of the competition is that it is open to both amateurs and professionals. Prizes for the amateur categories of the regional competitions include medals, while professional competitors in the regional competitions receive cash prizes. In the finals, dancers in professional categories will receive cash prizes, medals, trophies and Flat Screen TVs, while the amateur categories of the finals will attract trophies, MP3 players, and Home Theatre Systems.

Cash prizes, medals and trophies have been sponsored by Vodacom, while the MP3 players, Home Theatre Systems and TVs have been provided by Ellerines. Motorola will supply W375 phones, and Mango will sponsor flights for the winners between Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

The Yebo Millionaires Ballroom Championship is an extension of the Yebo Millionaires commitment to benefiting people’s lives. The sponsorship has allowed entry fees to be slashed to a modest R60 per couple, making this one of the most affordable dance competitions. In addition, the proceeds from the spectator entry fee will be used to fund a sponsorship for a developing dance teacher in each region.

The championship is partnered by the South African Dance Foundation. The organisation is a member of the World Dance Council, the world authority for professional Dance and Dance Sport incorporating the World Dance Sport Committee and the World Social Dance Committee.

The Yebo Millionaires Ballroom Championship offers competitors two styles – Ballroom and Latin American – and five age groups are recognised, from Juveniles (under 12) to Senior (over 35). Competitors in each of the groups vie for Bronze, Silver, Gold, Pre-Champ and Championship. In addition, a Professional category is recognised.

Yebo Millionaires is Vodacom’s way of saying thank you to its customers for their loyalty. Since the show began, Vodacom has given away prizes to more than one million customers and made four people millionaires when their nine letters matched exactly those on the screen on the weekly game show. A further two shared the million rand draw in November 2007, while the two latest nine-letter winners, who also share the prize of R1-million, were drawn in July 2008.




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