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Lesotho ready for Swazi dancesport challenge

Lerato Matheka

MASERU — Lesotho’s dance team is preparing for its biggest challenge of the year — the Magolide DanceSport Champions in Swaziland.
The championships that are scheduled for September 23 will see the hosts battling it out with Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.
Lesotho DanceSport Association (Ledasa) public relations officer, Teboho Rakhomo, told the Xpress People they were gearing to take the Magolide DanceSport Champion title this year.
“Last year we came third out of six countries that participated but this year we are looking to not only move a notch up, but bring the title home.”
Rakhomo said last year they lost some points because they did not participate at champion level.
“We didn’t have any representative at the championship level, we only took part in the novice and pre-championships.
“We are however this year sending couples in both closed and open sections,” he said.
Ledasa has 24 competitive couples who will all go to Swaziland if funds permit.
“We are looking to send all our 24 couples to scoop the Magolide DanceSport champion title this year. But if funds don’t permit we will have to drop some of them,” Rakhomo said.
He said the association was planning to bring a trainer from South Africa to polish the dancers’ skills at the end of this month.
“We are already in training for Swaziland. We are looking to bring a professional trainer from South Africa to do the final touches to our intensive one-month training.”
As part of their training, the dancers participated at the Selibeng Regional Cup Dance Competition in South Africa two weeks ago.
Lesotho won 14 medals.
“We took 12 couples to represent Lesotho and they brought home two gold, seven silver and five bronze medals,” Rakhomo said.
He said the Selibeng Regional Cup was one of the biggest competitions they have ever participated in.
“We had a small number of couples competing with a large number of couples from South Africa but our couples managed to make it through to the finals and scoop awards.
“This tells us we are very ready to work magic in Swaziland.”
Rakhomo said they were confident of winning gold medals after “identifying and working on our weaknesses.”

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