Bushmans Kloof Executive Chef grooms dance troupe
Die Bushmans Kloof Nuwe Graskoue Trappers Riel dance troupe who come from the remote Cederberg village of Wupperthal, will soon be jetting off to America where they will be representing South Africa at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, between 10 and 18 July 2015.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is the main sponsor of the 17 talented youngsters (aged between the ages of 13 and 19), who recently danced their way to victory at the South African Championships of Performing Arts for the second consecutive year.
Bushmans Kloof Deputy GM/Executive Chef, Floris Smith is the creative force behind the success of the group. A trained dancer and choreographer himself, he devotes his spare time to train and choreograph his ‘Trappers’, with whom he has been working since 2012. They are currently polishing the repertoire for their performance at the World Championships as part of ‘Team South Africa’. Members of the Riel dance troupe come from the rural community of Wupperthal and other small towns in the area, and include two teenagers who live on site at Bushmans Kloof where their parents are employed.
Born out of traditional Khoi and San ceremonial dances around the fire, the Riel Dance has been practiced by descendants of these indigenous cultures for many years. Riel dancers are dressed typically in traditional farm workers outfits, the girls in dresses with aprons and old frontier bonnets, and the boys in waistcoats and hats adorned with feathers, finished with the famous, hand-made red
At the recent South African Performing Arts Championships in Rustenburg
Floris Smith has unwavering faith in the ability of this group of dancers and is proud to take them to the world stage to compete among the best of the best. ‘Our sights are firmly set on bringing back the Gold from the World Championships of Performing Arts in July. We have been hard at work sourcing the funding to get our young dancers there and back, and the support from small and large businesses and the local community has been phenomenal. We have already raised almost R780 000, and now only need to fund five more team members to the tune of R65 000 per person.’
Apart from Bushmans Kloof and its owners the Tollman Family, other major sponsors include Rooibos Limited, WESGRO and Reagola IT Management.
Individuals and businesses are invited to get involved and lend financial support to give these talented young people the opportunity to compete on the international stage. The $100 000 (R1.2 million) needed to finance the trip is being raised via YouCaring.com, an online crowdfunding platform that offers a simple and secure way to donate.