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DURBAN SCOOPS TROPHIES IN NASHVILLE (article first published : 2007-01-9)

Durban dance specialist Caryl Cuzens reports from Nashville, Tennessee where the World's Country Western dance championships have just taken place with entries from all six continents.

A group of five Durban dancers competed in various line dance age categories ranging in level from Novice to Intermediate. Each dancer had to perform six dances of different character such as Rise and Fall, Lilt, Smooth, Cuban, Funky and Novelty, and they danced alongside other competitors in their respective categories.

“Our Durban group managed to walk away with five trophies, with Serena Rajkumar taking first place in Novice, Rene Brink and Jenny Murray getting thirds (Rene in Intermediate, Jenny in Novice), Bronwen Willemse gained fourth in Novice, and Lynne Giai-Minietti of Durban North coming in fifth,” reports a delighted Caryl.

“Having had to self fund the trip and virtually train themselves, it was a fantastic effort all round, and Durban line dancers will be able to benefit from their experience.

“A pleasant surprise was seeing how many men dancers there are in this genre, with whole families competing - parents and children,” she adds. “The younger dancers are very funky in their style, contrary to the South African misconception of line dancing being perceived as a yee-ha style. Men competitors were astounded to know that their South African counterparts do not dance, and couldn't understand this at all.”

The championships were held in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel (www.gaylordopryland.com) which provided outstanding organisation and service for the group. “Our hospitality industry could learn a lot from the Gaylord group!” says Caryl.




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