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Stacey Marinus from Durbanville has been inspiring others to take up acrobatics since the age of three.
Now in her 10th year, Stacey is still a natural when it comes to contorting into positions that make onlookers gasp for air.
She was recently honoured for being the best “Junior Solo” performer in her age group at Sun City’s American Dance Awards. This is the third year running that someone from Dance United School of Dance in Melkbosstrand has come back with this prestigious award.
It also means she qualifies to compete for the South African team at the National Championships in Boston, USA, which will be held next year July.
There will be more than 3 000 dancers there next year. Suffice to say her mother Karen and her teacher, the owner of the dance school, Liezl Künz, are both over the moon and beaming with pride.
When TygerBurger asked Karen who Stacey got her abundant talent from she laughed. One got the idea that she suddenly thought of her husband trying to touch the back of his head with his feet.
“Probably more from her mother,” she laughs again. Karen wasn’t a dancer herself, but she always wanted to do it.
Her teacher Liezl continues: “There were more than 900 entries into this year’s event at Sun City. This is a huge honour for Stacey.”
Liezl is just as proud of her other dancers, who also shone in Sun City. Some 18 dancers participated and they came back with nine “ultimate golds” plus special judges’ awards, four “ultimate golds”, one gold, one “high silver” and four trophies.
Stacey practices regularly and intensely, so it’s no surprise that her passion for what she does has brushed off on her peers at Gene Louw Primary School in Durbanville.
Liezl reckons not everyone can be champion dancers, but every single person can benefit from dancing. She says: “When my own child started doing hip-hop at my studio his concentration levels increased tremendously in his school work.”
Besides Stacey, other children from the dance school who qualified for the event in Boston are Justin de Nobrega, Adrian Williams, Mathew Fortuin (who was runner-up in the “SA Teen Male Dancer of the Year 2013”), Juan-Marc Loretz, Luc Kunz and Ashley Engelbrecht.
Other competitors were Stephanie Barnard, Tamsyn de Wet, Tevin Wiener, Abby-Gail Engelbrecht, Jonathan Matroos, Adrienne Victor, Bellannca Schelhase, Kiara Kekana, Sarah O’Brien, Emily Heinz and Joy Brown.
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