Siphesihle dances her way to Croatia

Young Talent: Siphesihle Nqqandu, 9, shows off one of her many moves which she will use to try and clinch the World Dance Masters title in Porec, Croatia in May
Young Talent: Siphesihle Nqqandu, 9, shows off one of her many moves which she will use to try and clinch the World Dance Masters title in Porec, Croatia in May

A YOUNG girl from Die Heuwel Primary School in Hillside aims to show what she is made of when she competes at the World Dance Masters in Croatia later this year.

Siphesihle Ngqandu, 9, is rated among the best rhythmic gymnasts in the country for the age groups 15 and under.

She will test her mettle against some of the top gymnasts from around the world in her quest to be crowned top of the crop.

The Grade 4 pupil, who is a product of the All Starz Dance Academy, was chosen along with five other athletes to compete at the international event to be held from May 22-24 this year.

The event will house a field of more than 4 000 dancers from more than 28 countries.

Ngqandu started dancing when she was just four years old.

She will be competing in the 9-and-under age group and will participate in the open class, acrobatics, contemporary and jazz dancing at the event.

“I feel very excited. This is my second time I get to represent my country, and I cannot wait to compete,” she said.

Siphesihle won two silver and two bronze medals last year in Bulgaria, competing against 16 countries.

She is coached by Lorraine Tait, owner and head coach at the academy.

Tait said: “When she started coming here, I immediately told her parents she had the potential to be an Olympic gymnast.”

Ngqandu’s mother Patricia Ngqandu says she is very proud of her daughter.

“I always knew she was talented, and this just shows that she can do anything she sets her mind to.”

Principal Mervyn Jordaan says the school is proud of her achievements.

Fundraisers will be held to offer financial assistance to Ngqandu for her trip.

She needs to reach a goal of R25 000. Those interested in helping her reach her goal can contact The Herald on (041) 504-7911.

-Amir Chetty

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