Zulu Dance Champs Winners
On Sunday, 27 November, visitors to the park were entertained by a display of traditional costumes, foot stomping and the sound of beating drums as 20 dance troupes competed for the 2016 uShaka Marine World Zulu Dance Championship titles!
All dance troupe finalists had the opportunity to perform their various dance styles, with many of them showing top class talent, resulting in much deliberation from the judges.
At the end of this annual event, presented by the Department of Arts & Culture, the judges chose four category winners instead of just one!
Walking away with the trophies, R5 000 cheque each, and a contract to work at uShaka Marine World, were:
Umlazi African Jingle dance troupe – who won in the uMzansi dance category;
The Amazebra Dance Troupe – winning in the Indlamu category;
The Umsenti Cultural troupe – winning the Ingoma category;
Lastly - walking away with the title in the Ushameni category, were the Amabheka Okuhle Dance Troupe, who won R10,000!
“Each year, this event is growing bigger and better, with more troupes auditioning. This means that as judges, we are having a more difficult decision to choose the best of the best to entertain the visitors to our park,” said Brendon Meiring-Pollock, the Events and Entertainment Manager at uShaka. “And that is a good thing,” he added with a smile.
In the photo:
Zimiphi Biyela (uKhozi FM); Brendon Meiring-Pollock (uShaka Marine World); Amabheka Okuhle dance troupe leader (Umlazi); Amazebra Dance Troup leader (Newlands); Phila Myeni (Dept of Arts & Culture); Umsenti Cultural Dance Troupe leader (South Coast); Ndumiso Ndlovu (Department of Arts & Culture); Umlazi African Jingle Dance Troupe Leader (Umlazi)