Dancers needs funds to attend contest finals

Set4Dance’s Soldier fam is a junior krump crew. From back left are Zinzi Rhodes, Tristan Davy, Gideon Muller, Zaheer Woodman, Jaylee Alexander. In front left are Janae Smith, Kirsten Vercuil, Kiara Whyte, Giana Afrika, Peyton Afrika, Mia du Plessis and in absence is Jayem Arendse and Kaylin Baatjies.

Set4Dance crew has competed at the regional Global Dance Supreme Championships and has qualified to compete in the finals at Gold Reef City from Friday October 6 to Sunday October 8.

Their dance crew competed in March which gave them their qualifying spot.

They are in need of R40 000 for their dancers and coaches to get to the finals in Johannesburg.

Global Dance Supreme (GDS), an international dance organisation established in 2018, are hosting Inter-Continental Dance and Battles Championships. GDS is one of the largest dance communities in the southern hemisphere.

Set4Dance Community Outreach is led by Judy Rhodes and head coach Ignatius Pastor.

From back are Jaylee Alexander, Kiara Whyte, Mia du Plessis, Zinzi Rhodes, Janae Smith and Kirsten Vercuil. They are Da-sturbin da Peace junior is an all styles hip hop crew and will compete in this section.

Over 700 of the country’s top dancers will come together in Johannesburg in October showcasing the real values of hip hop and street dance culture, said Fairchild Phiri, managing director of GDS.

Team members Zinzi Rhodes, Zaheer Woodman, Tristan Davy, Gideon Muller, Kirsten Vercuil, Jaylee Alexander, Kiara Whyte, Mia du Plessis, Jayem Arendse, Janae Smith, Giana Afrika, Peyton Afrika and Kaylin Baatjies are so excited to compete in the finals.

Coach and founder Ignatius Pastor said he is excited on the new journey and venture.

“Having my creativity come back to life again is amazing so that the youth can progress and advance in their dance.”

Dancer Janae Smith, 14, said: “Keep moving no matter what life throws at you, keep pushing through the stormy weather. You are smart, creative and there are no wrong steps in dancing, learn your foundations, be with people and a crowd who inspires you and motivates you.”

Dancer Mia du Plessis, 14, said they put in hours and hours of practice. Backstage they’d say a prayer and encourage each other so that they would go on stage and leave their hearts on the floor.

“I’m proud to be part of such a loving, caring, hard working, understanding and supportive team. Family would be the best way to describe us. I love competing with them and I wouldn’t change anything.”

Parent Adeley Davy said it brings her joy to be part of the team as a mom.

“Our children have worked very hard, they’ve shown commitment and dedication. Each practice, they go all out and indeed they do their best. I’m a proud mom and will do everything to help our children reach their dreams and get to Johannesburg for the GDS competition. Mitchell’s Plain has talent.”

For more information contact Ms Rhodes on 081 373 5496 or email them on or follow their Facebook Page Set4Dance. You can also follow their back a buddy site to donate to their cause,