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More SA stars win at Hollywood contest
TONIGHT/ 03 August 2015 at 11:19am
By: Bollyworld Reporter
THE World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood took place recently. The annual event is referred to as “The Talent Olympics” and is the only one of its kind in the world.
The 90-strong South African team that competed between July 11 and 18 returned home having scooped the lion’s share of medals and scholarships. And young performer Jemma van Breda made her home town, Durban, and the rest of South Africa proud by winning gold for her Bollywood solo and Bollywood duet with Emmitt Cawley.
In 2013, Van Breda, then aged just 14, competed in the South African Indian Film Awards (Saiftas) at a time when she was taught by choreographer Geeta Kapoor. And now the young beauty has another accolade to her name. With regards to her her Bollywood solo at the WCOPA, Evashnee Pillay of Crawford North Coast choreographed Van Breda’s dance.
The team that competed in the fields of drama, dance, vocal, instrumental, modelling and variety arts, won a total of 158 gold medals, 142 silver medals, 79 bronze medals, 29 showcase medals, 83 overall winner trophy awards, 24 scholarships to the Millennium Dance Complex, seven scholarships to the New York Film Academy, two scholarships to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts School of Film and Television and three Grand Champion Awards.
In addition, 16 team members were presented with Industry Awards, which are acknowledgements from industry professionals that the contestants have the talent to excel in the performing arts industry.
South African Championships of Performing Arts Director, Dr Ellen Roux (from Pretoria), was presented with an award from the South African Consulate in Los Angeles, for bringing the biggest team to the event. She commented: “I have had the South African Championships of Performing Arts license for 18 of the 19 years that the world event has been held and it gives me great pleasure to watch young performers excel in the international performing arena.”
The overall senior winners for acting included Britt Reis (Joburg) and Tayla Owen Jones (Joburg). For dance: Chace and Ashley, (East London) Emmitt Cawley, Jemma van Breda, (Durban), Edge (Durban), Azusiswe Mini (East London), Beatbreakerz and Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers JZ Tap (Cape Town). Instrumental: Celina Klintscher (Cape Town), modelling was Donnaley Avis (Joburg) and vocals were Gina Tanzer (Cape Town, Somerset West) and Van Breda (Durban).
In terms of the arts competition, contestants have to qualify in regional and national competitions in their respective countries and only gold medallists are eligible to compete in the World Championships. Selections were held in the US, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa and the level of talent was extremely high. – Information supplied by World Championships of Performing Arts: www.wcopa.com
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The Pulse/Studio Seven hip hop team from Waterfall Country Village Estate and Pretoria were part of the 90-strong South African team that recently competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood.
The world championship event, which takes place annually in Hollywood, is referred to as ‘The Talent Olympics,’ and is the only one of its kind in the world. The South African team that competed in the fields of drama, dance, vocal, instrumental, modeling and variety arts, won a total of: 158 Gold medals, 142 Silver medals, 79 Bronze medals, 24 scholarships to The Millennium Dance Complex, seven scholarships to the New York Film Academy, three scholarships to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts School of Film and Television, three Grand Champion Awards and the Overall Junior Grand Champion Performer of The World title.
“We are exceptionally proud of the Pulse/Studio Seven dance team,” says coach Corlanie Botha.
The day before the competition started, contestants also had the privilege of attending Worldstars Bootcamp, which is a series of workshops and seminars given by industry professionals. Apart from practical training, participants were given tips on how to audition and how to prepare themselves for careers in performing arts.
Each dance team from Pulse/Studio Seven won a scholarship to attend the famous Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. Their coach and mentor, Botha, was also awarded a scholarship to attend the Millennium Dance Complex. This was the first time in the World Champs history that one dance school has received a scholarship as a team.
Contestants have to qualify in regional and national competitions in their respective countries and only gold medalists were eligible to compete in the World Championships. Selections were held in the USA, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa and the level of talent was extremely high.
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This article is about the impressive success story of Brittany Reis, 17 years old girl from Midrand, who won a number of medals and awards competing for modelling and acting at the 2015 World Championships of Performing Arts in long Beach, California.
Quoting directly the article published on the Midrand Tribune:
«She won two silver medals for modelling, four for acting and two Champion of the World Division Awards for Acting. Reis also made it to the grand finale for acting, winning a showcase medal.
The 17-year-old said her love for perfoming arts was inspired when she auditioned for primary school plays. “I was a shy and anxious child and by going on stage I realised that I could be all sorts of different characters, it gave me self-confidence,” said Reis.
“I want to thank Craig du Preez who introduced me to acting, taking a chance on me.”
Her family hopes that after she matriculates in 2017, she can either move to New York or Los Angeles to take up her scholarship at the New York Film Academy. Reis’ mother, Helen said, “We are trying desperately to get the funds together. We need close to R500 000 per year for the two-year study and living costs.”
Reis won the Overall Best Performer for Speech and Drama for the Randburg and Sandton Eisteddfod Region, and for the past three years she has entered the South African Championship of Performing Arts.
“This year I won 16 medals – nine gold, five silver and two bronze, and was selected to be in the final showcase,” she said.
“South Africa does not have many opportunities for performing arts, but I would tell any young person who wants to get into this industry to not hesitate in taking up acting.”»
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