A dance dream in the making

From left, Caraline Hill, Caitlynn Fomison, Erin Wilkins, Aimèe Barnard and Brigitte von Buddenbrock.

Five dancers from Ballito are preparing for their dream performance on the prestigious stage of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon, England representing SA at the World Lyrical Dance Federation Championships in July.

This came after the girls took part in the KZN qualifying rounds of the The World Lyrical Dance Federation (WLDF) in March at St Mary’s Primary School, Kloof and the girls did exceptionally well.

The girls won the group dance category, while Erin Wilkins ranked 17th and Caraline Hill 37th in the world in their age groups. The five dancers range between the ages of 11 and 14.

Meet the dancers
Caitlynn Fomison has been dancing at Swish Studios for the past four years and loves being on stage and expressing herself through dance.

“I am so excited about going to the UK and being able to dance on such a prestigious stage with so much history behind it. I am also extremely honored to represent South Africa and proud that all my hard work over the years has paid off and is being recognised,” said Fomison.

Caraline Hill has been dancing from the minute she could stand and would dance all day if she could.

“I am happiest when I dance and I even study school work while I practice dancing. It is a great honour and privilege to take part in this competition, but the competition is fierce with thousands of dancers taking part.”

Brigitte von Buddenbrock dances on average four times a week and is an avid sports enthusiast enjoying running, cycling, nippers, hockey, netball and swimming, but the stage is her absolute favourite place!

Brigitte will be performing a solo as well as a duet with Caraline Hill and the group dance.

“It is a dream for any dancer to be able to dance at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and at the age of 11 it is quite an honour. I was born in England, but we moved to SA when I was 10 months old, so I am very excited to go back and see my birthplace.”

Erin Wilkins is an ex-rhythmic gymnast and while the transition to lyrical dance has been quite big, she has loved every moment of it.

“Being on stage is amazing and I cannot wait to perform in such a famous theatre in England,” said Wilkins.

Aimee Barnard has been dancing since the age of four and has done her ballet exams in RAD, Cecchetti and her first TDA exams in 2017. She has danced in the Roodepoort dance festivals for a number of years as well as Eisteddfod and the NEA awards.

“I feel alive when I dance and love the stage, the costumes and the glamour that goes with a performance. It is great to dance with the other girls as we share the same passion for dance,” said Barnard.


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