South African Adventures

I just returned from another visit to beautiful South Africa!  This time I was there to help out with the D.A.N.C.E. International competition being judged by my dear friend Scott Sisbarro, to judge their Dance Offs and also to have my second annual US – SA Dance Teacher’s Seminar and Advanced Student Workshop.  Sharing dance with these teachers and students is so special.  They love what they do and are so interested in what we bring to the classroom.

I also had the opportunity to coach several students privately, many of whom will come to the US in July to attend the American Dance Awards Nationals in Hollywood Beach Florida as part of the South African team!   I’m sure they will do a great job!

When the work was over we went to visit Bushman’s Hide……an animal rescue facility, working cattle and sheep farm as well as a beautiful lodge and resort.   The preserve houses 2 tigers, and 6 or 7 lions and is run by an amazing 18 year old, Savannah who showed us around, told us the stories of how the animals came to her farm and how she cares for them.  We were invited to assist with the feedings that day and ended up preparing warthog meat and feeding it to the cats!   Once in a lifetime!

We sat on a big rock and watched the sunset over the African bush and enjoyed “game pie”, pop and pudding!  I also met and held a 4 day old capuchin monkey with a diaper (nappy) as big as she was!

It took me almost two full days to get home and slept the entire next day but I am already looking forward to my next trip in October for the American Dance Awards South African Regionals.

Many thanks to my dear friends Ina Van Zyl and Amanda Kroon for taking such wonderful care of us.  The see to my housing, feed me, drive me around, give me amazing gifts and have become my family.  They do anything they can to make me comfortable and to show me the beauty of their country!  I can never thank them enough.

Also thanks to Audrey and Dirk for sharing their time and being such great friends!

I am attaching some of my favorite pictures of the trip.  It’s hard to capture the massive beauty of some of the places, but I’ve tried.

 

watching the African sunset of the the bush

watching the African sunset of the the bush

celebrating sunset

celebrating sunset

one of the beautiful huts on the property of Bushmans Hide in the SA bush!

one of the beautiful huts on the property of Bushmans Hide in the SA bush!

sunset over the African bush

sunset over the African bush

rescued lion from the French circus

rescued lion from the French circus

just fed the lions!

just fed the lions!

rescued lion after a lifetime in a two by two foot cage!

rescued lion after a lifetime in a two by two foot cage!

the boys club!

the boys club!

a safe home!

a safe home!

fabulous female!

fabulous female!

keeping his eyes on Scott Sisbarro!  not a fan of men, especially ones who take pictures!

keeping his eyes on Scott Sisbarro! not a fan of men, especially ones who take pictures!

Savanah, the keeper of cats

Savanah, the keeper of cats

Scott and I looking at the tigers

Scott and I looking at the tigers

Georgia

Georgia

saying hello the these beauties!

saying hello the these beauties!

Scott rubbing vitamins into the meat before feeding

Scott rubbing vitamins into the meat before feeding

helping cub the warthog meat for one of the tigers with special eating needs.

helping cub the warthog meat for one of the tigers with special eating needs.

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the lodge at bushman's Hide

the lodge at bushman’s Hide

the walkway to paradise at Bushman's Lodge

the walkway to paradise at Bushman’s Lodge

a four day old capuchin monkey. about 5 inches long!

a four day old capuchin monkey. about 5 inches long!

the front of my guest house in Pretoria, Tamboti Lodge

the front of my guest house in Pretoria, Tamboti Lodge

The patio of my room

The patio of my room

Eating at the casino in Johannesburg with Scott, Dirk, Audrey and Martinette

Eating at the casino in Johannesburg with Scott, Dirk, Audrey and Martinette

The gang at US-SA teacher's seminar and advanced student workshop

The gang at US-SA teacher’s seminar and advanced student workshop

At Ina's house with the fabulous LaLa

At Ina’s house with the fabulous LaLa

the US-SA venue

the US-SA venue

Scott with some of the winners from D.A.N.C.E. International

Scott with some of the winners from D.A.N.C.E. International

My friends Belinda, Audrey and Renee

My friends Belinda, Audrey and Renee

More D.A.N.C.E. International winners

More D.A.N.C.E. International winners

Thing One and Thing Two.  A few of the great kids I got to coach at Belinda's studio in Pretoria

Thing One and Thing Two. A few of the great kids I got to coach at Belinda’s studio in Pretoria

Old dear friend of mine!

Old dear friend of mine!

me and a few goofballs!

me and a few goofballs!

Some of the SA ADA title winners.

Some of the SA ADA title winners.

ADA Jacket winners showing off!

ADA Jacket winners showing off!

Cami and Scott

Cami and Scott

the staff of the competition

the staff of the competition

Scott behind bars!

Scott behind bars!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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