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Rooibos Ltd supports local riel dancing champions
The Nuwe Graskoue Trappers riel dance team from Wupperthal near Clanwilliam entered the South African Championships of Performing Arts 2014 after they became the ATKV Junior Riel Dance Champions in December 2013. The team made it through the provincial rounds to represent the Western Province Team of Performing Arts at the final of the South African Championships of Performing Arts in Rustenburg from 4 to 13 April 2014. This is the only group from the West Coast and Cederberg Municipality to make it to the final as well as the first-ever riel dance group to make it to this prestigious event. The Nuwe Graskoue Trappers riel dancers competed in the Ethnic Folk Category and won the Gold Medal in this category. They also took the Grand Champion Award for Best Group Performance at the South African Championships.

The band leading this dance group was also entered for the Instrumental Event in the Original Category as well as the Open Category. The band took the Gold Medal in the Open and the Original Category as well as the Overall Trophy Award in the Original Category.

Lastly, the group’s performances have also qualified them for Team South Africa 2014 that will take part at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles later this year.

Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, says, “Riel dancing is considered to be the oldest type of dancing in South Africa. It started with the Khoi and San and was passed down from generation to generation, telling stories of hunting, harvesting and courtship. This dance form carries an important part of our cultural history, and Rooibos Ltd is proud to be associated with the preservation of this historic dance form by sponsoring a winning group of local dancers.”

Read article from Ons Kontrei, 25 April 2014: Die nuwe Graskoue Trappers