Team KZN proudly displaying their awards.
Twenty-seven contestants from across KZN competed during the March-April school holidays at the South African Championship of Performing Arts (SACOPA), the largest competitive showcase of performing arts talent in South Africa, held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre in the North West province.
Provincial teams competed in a number of performing arts disciplines, namely vocal, dance, acting, modelling and variety arts.
They participated for a chance to be selected for the South African team to represent the country at the World Championships in Los Angeles, at an event dubbed the ‘Olympics of Performing Arts’.
Candidates qualify for the KZN team through a series of stringent auditions, adjudicated by dance, vocal and acting specialists and professionals in KZN.
Once selected, they are invited to compete at the national competition. KZN achieved 53 gold medals (first place in category), 62 silver medals and 24 bronze medals, as well as producing category award winners in the various disciplines.
Grace McIlroy received an award in the dance female category (ages 13 to 15) while Cameron Moodie was awarded in the acting male category (ages 16 to 17). In the modelling female category (ages 16 to 17), Chane Badenhorst shined while Cameron also won the dance male category (ages 16 to 17).
In addition, Cameron won the overall award for dance for achieving the highest individual score in this category.
The teacher’s award was presented to KZN choreographer and dance teacher, Donna da Costa and team KZN were the proud recipients of the spirit award.
In total, 24 members of the KZN team qualified for the national squad.
Auditions for the next round of regional qualifiers take place in October, this year. For more information, contact the KZN director, Donna da Costa via email at [email protected] or visit the SACOPA website: www.sacopa.co.za