GEORGE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - Glitz and glamour were the order of the day at the Hollywood-themed Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser for Sports Academy George at the Civic Centre on 17 May.
At what has become an anticipated night out on the George social calendar, over 450 people watched 11 brave local couples strut their stuff on the dance floor to win financial votes from their peers and the opportunity to lift the glitter ball trophy.
"The concept is that only the top three couples get to the final, based on how much money they raised to get them there, irrespective of the judges' votes of their dancing talent. It is the fourth year that we have organised this event and it grows every year. It is a lot of fun and raises much-needed funds for our organisation," said Sports Academy director Wayne McAfee, who also participated as a contestant this year.
The NPO Sports Academy George uses sport as a tool to identify and raise leaders in the community.
"We have been working in the local communities since 2008. We are delighted with the incredible response to the evening and generous donations to the charity, which enabled us to exceed our expectations," said McAfee.
The couples were coached in a Latin or ballroom dance for three months by two local dance schools, Alister and Robyn Alexander of Alexander Academy of Dance and Simoné Holmes of Outeniqua Dance Academy.
The standard of the dancing was excellent and the couples were a credit to their coaches, with complicated choreography including lifts and spins that amazed those in attendance.
The three couples in the final were Alexandre and Aleasha Asfar dancing the quick step from the movie Burlesque, Sinenkosi Keyizana and Noru Mrweqana dancing the jive from Despicable Me and Wayne and his wife Suzi, directors of Sports Academy George, dancing the salsa from Dirty Dancing.
The winners of the glitter ball trophy were Alexandre and Aleasha Asfar.
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