Retreat dancers headed to France

The G2 girls who will be representing South Africa at the Hip Hop Unite World Championships in France later this month are, from left, Shannon Miller, 19, Charisma Erasmus, 19, Keashan Carelse, 19, Robyn Louw, 24, and at the back, Zoë Fisher, 19.

By Kirsten Floris

The Retreat-based G2 Performing Arts Movement has been selected to represent South Africa in Agen, France at the Hip Hop Unite World Championships later this month..

The registered non-profit organisation was started by dancers Gio Fisher, 53, from Southfield and Gita Arendse, 42, from Strandfontein.

Dancers Shannon Miller, Zoë Fisher, Keashan Carelse, Charisma Erasmus, and Robyn Louw, got their Western Province colours in September and have been chosen to represent South Africa at the international competition on Thursday and Friday November 25 and 26.

The team is scheduled to leave on Sunday November 21, but have had little time to raise funds to cover all their costs.

While they have raised about 60% of what they need through raffles and food sales, they still need to raise funds to cover their accommodation and visas.

“This is the girls’ dreams, and they are devoted to making it a reality“, said Ms Fisher.

Shannon Miller, who is in matric this year, is making a major sacrifice to realise her dreams of making it big as a dancer.

“Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I am missing my final National Senior Certificate exams and have opted to repeat some of them next year,“ she said.

As part of their fundraising efforts, the group will be hosting a dance show on Saturday November 6, at the Every Nation Church in Retreat and a five-a-side soccer tournament at the Fives Futbol Court at Century City, on Saturday November 13.