BY ERIC PHIRI
GET ready for the world’s biggest DiscoDance, Hip Hop and Electric
Boogie championship to hit our shores – this year South Africa is
hosting the IDO World DiscoDance Championships and the IDO World
HipHop and Electric Boogie Cups. This prestigious event will be
taking place at Sun City Resort from 21 to 25 March 2012. The 2012
Championships will be held in tandem with The Battle of the Giants
which also starts on 21 March and ends on Sunday 25 March.
“The International Dance Organisation (IDO) hosts the largest
international world championships and this year 2 000 dancers are
expected to compete at Sun City,” says Bev Wood organiser of the event.
TRACE Urban, the international music channel (325 on DSTV), will be
present at The Battle of Giants as a partner and supporter of new up
and coming dance acts. The channel is a great fit for the event; it
holds a global hip hop following and the channel’s presence at the
event signifies the growth of the dance competition on an
international scale. TRACE will sponsor a cash prize of R15, 000.00
to the Best Hip Hop Category.
TRACE Urban, the number 1 channel as voted by the South-African
youths and the winner of 3 Generation Next Awards, will be
broadcasting the best moments of this year’s Battle of Giants
Cape Town Hip Hop and Electric Boogie dancer, Blake Williams will be
defending his world title. He was awarded the World Champion Title
and also runner up title in the Solo Hip Hop category in Austria last
year and he was also South African Champion in 2010.
South Africa definitely has the moves – as many of its dancers have
walked away with world titles. Dancers from Eunice Marais School of
Dance won 11 trophies and 33 medals in 2011, with the rest of the SA
team winning another 5 trophies and 12 medals.
“Eunice Marais’ dancers have showed tremendous talent, commitment and
the will to succeed as 50 out of her 200 dance students are
developmental dancers who do not have the money to pay for dance
classes,” says Wood.
“We commend the Eunice Marais School of Dance for their developmental
programme; they have given fledging dancers the chance to become
“Another world champion is Hloni Santawane who came first in his solo
section at the World Hip Hop Championships in 2010 and 2011. This
year he enters the Adult section for the first time, and Sun City
fans will be able to see him in action – its poetry in motion!”
Eugene Baloyi and Dirkie Mostert (Vice World-Champions 2011) have
held world titles since 2005 and they too will be defending their
titles at Sun City.
“Eugene Baloyi started at Eunice’s studio at the age of 12 and is
still with her studio. He competes internationally and teaches 3
classes a week. Eunice is currently putting him through his dance
teacher’s exams and this young man recently presented a workshop in
Slovenia – a whole new world has opened up for this once shy and
“Hip Hop is the most popular style but an increasing number of
dancers are realising the importance of versatility and more dancers
are joining Modern and Jazz classes. Electric boogie is a dance
consisting of popping and locking of your shoulders and hips. The aim
is to create an illusion with your body.”
Dance fans will also be thrilled by the dancers participating in the
Battle of the Giants, one of the qualifying events in the World Trial
Circuit programme. Local stars hope to gain points to be selected to
represent South Africa at the various International Dance
Organization Championships in the style of Show Dance, Hip Hop, Disco
Dance, Electric Boogie, Street Dance show, Ballet & Modern.
Highlights of the Battle of the Giants All Style Dance Festival
include the Grand Finals on Saturday 24th March, at 19h00 in the
Superbowl, where Miss South Africa 2011, Melinda Bam will present an
award at the ceremony.
Finalists from the most advanced sections in the sixteen and over age
groups in Hip Hop and Freestyle will “battle-it-out” in an effort to
win the prestigious title and prizes sponsored by TRACE TV, JetSet
Watches & Levi Watches, Lara Travel, Cameroon Clothing, LG Mobile,
Bon Aqua and holiday prizes from Sun International.
Bev Wood, Director of the SADTA (South African Dance Teachers
Association) says “we are excited about hosting our prestigious panel
of local and International Judges, who will be joining us from Italy,
Sweden, Slovak Republic and Poland. The International dancers are
coming from Germany, Norway, Belgium and Czech Republic to compete
against our local dancers and will definitely add to the excitement
of this year’s World Cup and Championship competitions.
The Battle of the Giants dance competition is truly a performance not
to be missed and Sun City has several packages available ranging from
R7076 at The Palace for three nights to R3201.50 at the Cabanas for a
twin room per person sharing. Family packages are also available.
There are also 1 night packages available. Packages include;
breakfast, entry to the event and venue, gala dinner (for weekend
package only), souvenir programme, free entry to Valley of the Waves
and commemorative T-shirt.