On Saturday night 350 guests arrived glammed up for Tramontos last ever event for the Sports Academy George Strictly Come Dancing Themed Fundraiser. 10 brave couples from George strutted their stuff on the dance floor to win votes from their peers to pick up the glitterball trophy. “The concept is that the top 3 couples only get to the final (inspite of the judges votes or their dancing talent) based on how much money they raise to get them there. It’s been a brillaint way to raise funds for Sports Academy and a fantastic night out for the people of George” says Wayne McAfee director of Sports Academy.
The dancers were coached by 2 local dance schools, Randall Raubenheimer from South Cape Dance Academy and Wehan Van Jaarsveld and Simoné Galand from Outinequa Dance Academy for the last 4 months. The standard of the dancing was second to none and the couples were a credit to their coaches, with complicated choreography including lifts and spins that wouldn’t be out of place on the television. Sequins, rhinestones and glitter was the order of the night and not only for the ladies! A delicious dinner prepared by Amequetta Foods and La Patisserie was served by the young Sports Academy players before the competition commenced. The evening was hosted by Frederick Bekker from Van Rensburgs Auctions and Philippa Western who did a fantastic job engaging the crowd.
The final was judged by esteemed members of the ballroom dancing fraternity- Mr Anthony Rau, Mr Eddie Gouge and former Mrs South Africa local Georgian Mrs Marelize Earle- who said of the event “It was an honor to be part of such a superb and special evening”
The dancers opened with a fast paced Quickstep routine by Brandon and Karyn Woolley from the Round Table. Highlights included a sultry Rumba by former Protea cricketer Martin Van Jaarsveld and his wife Jill and a stunning dreamlike Slow Waltz by Johan and Anneke Smit. The couples that made it to the final were Scott and Liezel Rickard with a passionate Passodoble, Martin and Jill van Jaarsveld with their Rumba and Stefan and Gretchen Jamneck with a Foxtrot. The overall winners of the glitterball on the night were Stefan and Gretchen Jamneck from Beans about Coffee with their Foxtrot to NewYork NewYork. The judges comments were that they were the “Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire of George”.
“It was such fun to take part in this event, from the first dance class to the final performance and all this for the great cause of raising funds for Sports Academy George- thank you for the opportunity!”
The evening could not have been possible without the following local businesses: Tramonto, Amequetta Foods, La Patisserie, Sandra de Freitas Flowers, Amigos Menswear, Hair Legends.
Anton Alberts Photography captured the evenings atmosphere beautifully with his photographs below: