Chaye Almacin, 14, from Wynberg, and Jordan Wyngaard, 13, from Zeekoevlei, have been working hard to pursue their dancing career.
In May the friends received gold medals and WP colours at the provincial championships and in June they were awarded bronze medals in the national championships and qualified to represent South Africa in the Netherlands.
The teenagers have followed a similar journey in dancing.
Chaye started ballet at the age of five. After two years she moved on to spiritual dancing for her local church and is now co-leader for the other spiritual dancers. Chaye joined Out of Africa Dance Academy in 2012.
Jordan also started ballet when she was five, then moved on to modern day hip-hop and in 2013 she too joined the Out of Africa Dance Academy.
The dancing duo have become best friends over the past few years after joining the dance school and even dedicate their free time to their passion for dancing. Together they call themselves No Control.
Chaye is proud of her achievements.
“I am very anxious as the championships will be taking place overseas.
“I have been putting a lot of effort into preparing for this event.
“I have a passion for dancing and in 10 years time I see myself as a part-time dance choreographer for the less privileged communities,” says Chaye.
Jordan says: “Sleepovers are fun with Chaye, we put on the disco lights, boost the volume of the music and create dance sequences.”
The girls’ mothers, Wendy Almacin and Jean Wyngaard, are happy the girls have been given the opportunity to take part in the competition overseas but raising the funds needed has been difficult.
The two families have put their heads together and are trying to come up with the R30 000 that each girl needs to attend the competition.
“I see the passion and I see the potential in the girls and this is what is pushing me to try my best to get funding,” says Wendy.
“We are working hard to make our daughters’ dreams come true,” adds Jean.
The families will host a jazz evening at Musgrave Park Hall in Diep River on Saturday August 19, from 7pm to midnight. Tickets cost R100 each and there will be a raffle draw. Molly Baron will be performing.
For more information about the upcoming event and if anyone is interested in donating to the trip, call Wendy Almacin on 078 113 2077