Danish Gymnastics Team Wows Soweto

by | Nov 2, 2012

The National Danish Performance Team traded some tips with the young gymnasts of Soweto. Photo: Supplied

The National Danish Performance Team is currently in Gauteng for a week, having arrived on October 29 for their South African leg of their 10-month, 13-country world tour on-route from Kenya.

The Danish team travels the world every second year, on a voluntary basis, promoting the values of a healthy and active lifestyle through engaging workshops and display gymnastics. Particularly, the team reaches out to local communities providing exciting interactive workshops to children, students and adults, encouraging healthy living and sports for all.

The Danish team’s first workshop saw them go to Lelethu Gymnastics Club in Soweto on Thursday 31 October 2012. 210 children were in attendance, eagerly awaiting the unique opportunity to meet and train with the renowned international team.

The Danes kicked off with a fun warm up, thereafter commencing with teaching of basic gymnastic movement skills to all and rhythmic gymnastics skills to the more advanced gymnasts.

A highlight of the workshop was the teaching of their “We Move the World” dance, which is themed in accordance with the team’s vision of: “To Move the World” towards healthy living, self-empowerment and community building.

In return, the Lelethu gymnasts performed their own short display items for the Danish, with some of the local girls showing the Danish instructors’ moves and skills which they themselves were not able to do.

In addition to the workshop, the Danish had an opportunity to experience traditional South African culture by eating pap, liver and chakalaka with their fingers (no cutlery), with the taste being somewhat “interesting” for the Danish and a fun experience.

Both the Danish and gymnasts eventually performed the “We Move the World” dance to gymnasts’ parents, special Soweto Sports Council members and the Pimville (Soweto) Councillor, who were in attendance. Much fun was had on the day by both the Danish and gymnasts alike.

Said Fikile Jaxa, owner of Lelethu Club, “The Danish made it such a memorable day for the gymnasts, as well as the parents.”

The Danish next conduct a workshop in Benoni with another 200 children, thereafter sight-seeing and preparations for their show stopping performance, “ZOOM” will commence.

The one-night only show has fantastic dance choreography, combined with energetic, explosive tumbling and acrobatic gymnastics. The show will take place on November 3, at the University of Pretoria Indoor Sports Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


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