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.