Local dancers Azisa Shode from Nemato and Asenesipho Ntsuku from Bathurst were recently selected to represent South Africa in a ballroom dance competition that will be held in Sri Lanka in September.
The ecstatic couple have been dancing and participating in competitions since 2013, and they are looking forward to dancing internationally. The competition, called Jovana Dance Sport Championships 2019, will be held at Rose Recreation Complex in Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka.
“We competed in quite a lot of competitions to qualify for this,” said Shode. “We went to regional competitions in the Sarah Baartman district, then we went to East London to compete in the provincials and that is where we got selected to compete in Sri Lanka.”
The South African dance team comprises 12 couples from different districts in the Eastern Cape.
Shode and Ntsuku couldn’t hide their excitement and are very grateful for their opportunity to go and perform at an international level of ballroom dancing.
“We are so excited and we are grateful. We would also love to thank our coach Thandisizwe Matyhumza for training us. We are over the moon to be traveling all the way to Sri Lanka and we are really passionate about dancing,” said Shode.
The couple’s travel expenses will cost R14,000 for each person and they planning on doing an exhibition and a pitch demonstration in around March to help raise funds for their trip. They are hoping the community will support them fully.
“We are still waiting on confirmation for a hall – we are hoping to do it in Jauka Hall,” Shode said.
“They already paid for accommodation, entry fees and for our lessons before the competition, but we still need R28 000 to be able to travel to Sri Lanka, and we were planning on having a fundraising event and we really hope the community helps us,” he said.
Anyone who wants to help the couple can deposit money in Nedbank account number 2010744020, branch code 107410, or they can contact Azisa Shode on 063-306-2656 for more information.
BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU