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The 2017 Showcase of Champions is here!

Come and see the champions of 2017 on stage while they inspire with their beautiful performances.

When: 2 September 2017

Time: 17h30 (the show starts at 20h00)

Where: Mosaïek Teatro – 1 Danielle street, Fairland

Cost: R150 pp

Dress: Formal

To book your tickets call: Annerie 073 383 7661 or (012) 548 8673

or email:

Opportunity to live out dreams

TEACHER FEATURE – Corlanie Botha

Let’s get to know Corlanie Botha better.

Corlanie Botha, Gauteng director for SACOPA and owner of Pulse Dance studio, received the Outstanding Coach of the World award at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2016. We caught up with Corlanie when she returned from Los Angeles.


Tell us how you first got involved in the SA Championships?

My dance teacher entered me when I was 12 years old and 4 years ago I started entering my own students.

Why do you teach dancing and promote the performing arts?

The 2 most important days in my life are: the day I was born and the day I know what for.

Dancing is who I am. My heart is my own baseline. I dance everywhere I go.

So first is my passion for dancing. Secondly I have a lot of faith in the youth and I believe in creating hope for kids through dancing. I want to up lift them and encourage them to be the best they can be. Dancing is my whole life and I am truly blessed to be in the position that I am now. I believe in letting your inner light drive out the darkness through dancing.

Other than being able to compete on a national level, why do you feel it benefits students and competitors to take part in the SA Championships?

They benefit through learning how to survive in a “battle of the fittest” world. They learn to fight for what they want, they make new friends, come out of their comfort zone and get to show and build on their talent. Some of these kids are not academically strong but through SA Champs they have a platform to shine and it gives them all a major confidence boost. This means the world to them.

What would your advice be for anyone competing at the SA Championships of Performing Arts?

Don’t let anything distract you. Don’t get intimidated by others around you, focus on yourself and your reasons for being there. Don’t get involved in fights. Plan in advance. Set goals and plan properly how to reach them. Ask yourself: why be ordinary if you can be extraordinary?

Tell us who inspires you?

Successful Business people. I know they also started with a dream and they did whatever it took to make it happen. I have a lot of respect for business people and love to take advice from them.

What would you consider to be your biggest challenges as a teacher/director?

To not disappoint my dancers.

Has being a part of the SACOPA family had an effect on your life and career?

Yes, in a big way! SACOPA gave me a lot of exposure and opened up a lot of doors for me into the dance world. I owe a piece of my success to SACOPA. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been where I am today. Thank you Dr Ellen!


Tell us about your experience with Team SA in Los Angeles.

I was one of the Team managers this year and it was awesome and insane, like always. Team SA has so much love and we united as one family. We sang together on the airports, supported each other at the competition and we were there for each other through the stressful and happy times. LA was amazing and I didn’t want to come back. The vibe and energy there is mind blowing and on a total different level. To dance on the World stage again 60+ countries is an honour. The first week we travelled around Hollywood and the Fashion District. The second week was the competition which was awesome but still scary. We ended the trip at Universal studios.

I wish that every contestant could get the opportunity to go to the World Champs at least once in their career. It opens up your entire world to what you are busy doing in the Performing Arts world.

Do you have any success stories about students who have competed in the SA Championships?

At the 2016 World Championships Pulse Dance studio had 13 dancers representing South Africa in 20 different dance routines. We returned home with 8 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 3 bronze medals, 4 Division winners, 1 Grand Champion Award, 4 scholarships and my Outstanding Coach of the World award.

A world champion in her own right, Corlanie now teaches a new generation of potential champions. She is dynamic and driven, and she inspires others with her favourite saying: “We are not a team, we are an empire!

SA Future Stars – Expresso Show


With all the air time being afforded to local performers, we are all realizing just how much talent there is in this country, right on our doorstep. So we’ve been speaking to artists who have excelled in the South African Championships of Performing Arts. Let’s take a look at some of the young achievers who are destined to become SOUTH AFRICA’S FUTURE STARS

Published on Jun 26, 2016 – expresso show

More SA stars win at Hollywood contest – Movies | IOL Beta


More SA stars win at Hollywood contest

  / 03 August 2015 at 11:19am

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:

• To enter South African Championships of Performing Arts for a chance to represent South Africa in Hollywood next year, go to

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