📰 Tell us about yourselves...
Lincoln🕺: I was born and raised in Mitchelsplain, Cape Town. At the age of 1 I was adopted into a family that I got the know all of my life. I did all my schooling in Cape Town till grade 12. I am currently based in Goodwood, Cape Town and I am married to my lovely wife who is my partner.
Olivia💃: I grew up in Riverlands a small town outside Malmesbury that is approximately 30 minutes outside of Cape Town. I grew up in a family of six and as time passed my father passed away and it was just my three other siblings and my mum. I went on to study at the University of Stellenbosch and after completing my studies I went to teach at a school in Bellville, Cape Town.
Lincoln🕺: How did I get introduced to dancing was through a primary schools I was attending in Cape Town, Mitchells Plain. There were classes held every after school for people/students who did not partake in any extra activities after school so I ended up attending that dancing class.
Olivia💃: I was one of those kids at easy throughout my primary school days and at first I was not keen to start or learn dancing because I was just a baby as I was the youngest in the family. I used to watched my other siblings dance and eventually at the age of 6 I then decided to give this dancing thing a go and ever since I started I continued dancing until me and my younger brother decided to dance together ballroom, that how I became ballroom and Latin dancer over certain time.
📰 The kind of dance you got to explore…
Lincoln🕺: I started out with Ballroom and Latin but I decided to stick to Ballroom dance and reasons for me to focus on Ballroom was that I was not really into Latin as much as I was into ballroom and Ballroom attracted me much more than Latin, it had that thing for me ☺.
Olivia💃: I have done both Ballroom and Latin but soon or close towards my matric I had to decide on one of the two as both were too demanding and I then choose Ballroom. Thereafter I went to go and study at Stellenbosch where I just stopped for four years and after the four years I started dancing again between then and my matric year and University. Ive also explored other dancing styles, for example African dance contemporary and hip-hop but I knew that somehow I will just to ballroom as my main dance art form.
📰 Lincoln and Olivia, what kind of impact dancing has had in your life’s?
💃🕺: Dancing had/has a positive impact on our interactions as it taught us how males and females can be gentle towards each other, show respect and be good to each other. It also helped us in a positive manner on how to socialize and interact with people and get to know them better and their story more than just a “hi” and “bye” when passing them. It also provided us with an opportunity to travel which both of us love and I has allowed us to see a possibility of making dancing a career or at least for now a part-time career in life. We would like to continue this dancing brand full-time or part-time and just give back to the dance community and the younger generation and teach them sound quality technique and quality of dance to make them better than what we used to be.
📰 What would you point out as part of your achievements in your career path?
💃🕺: We will have to go all the way towards the end of 2014, were we received our first South African title in adult championship and in 2019 our biggest achievements was receiving another 3 South African titles after 2014. We never thought we will be at that point of receiving assistance and sponsorships but to our surprise in 2017 and 2018 we have received four sponsorships, one for shoes and one for practice attire, makeup, hair as well as a ballroom dress for Olivia.
Thinkng that was enough, we were crowned the SADF professional dance champions as well as the SADTA champions which we never thought we would get in one year. Our future goal is to represent the country at the world championships, just to live that honor and prestige for what we have work for all these years but over and above that it is to expand our dance school and just equipped others with the knowledge that we have gained over the 20 odd years of dancing and see how others can develop through the teaching and time that we invest in them
📰 Challenges faced…
💃🕺: The challenges that we faced as amateur dancers before becoming professional dancers were dancers being treated unfairly or dancers being mistreated and as a professional today I stand up for what was and is right into how to treat dancers in the sport and this for us was one of the most challenging part as dancers.
📰 What kind of dancing styles are there and how they vary?
🕺💃: We would like to start with the waltz, it is counted as in 123 'And' and timing can be used when counting Waltz. This kind of dance has a lot of swing and sway. It is different from the Tango, that has a lot of strong movements as in leg action, body action and quick movements and also slow movements. This two dancing Styles differs widely from one another as the waltz has rise and fall the tango is normally danced flat in one-dimensional.
Rumba In the Jungle
📰 What would be you as a couple partaking in the event?
💃🕺: We would be competing in this year Rumba in the Jungle completion and normally our responsibilities will be also to broadcast the event to our students and other competitors all over the province and internationally to show them the real deal in South Africa dance-sport.
📰 From your view, is much being done to develop and groom upcoming dancers in South Africa and the North West Province?
🕺💃: We understand that’s this year SADF has had three workshops to develop and groom dances in Cape Town and in view of the North West Province where there are a number of strong dancers, much more can still be done in developing dance sport in that region or province. One way to achiever that is to get government involved and private companies for everyone to sit around the same table come up with new ideas, new visions an new strategy and structure also to get sponsors involved and good funding going.
📰 Impact of Rumba In The Jungle...
🕺💃: Rumba in the jungle has had a very good impact on our communities of dance-sport as to everybody looking forward to this event also it gives a great attraction to tell international dancers about this great event that is coming up in October month and they seem very interested in what is happening at Rumba in the Jungle, regarding the economy I think that there is a boost and a good tourist attraction to this event called Rumba in the Jungle.
📰 : What can people expect to see and feel during this year’s event?
🕺I think people can expect great dancing people can also expect an expectation of excitement and definitely a great atmosphere, people can also expect the current World champions to showcase us their true Talent of what is being produced abroad and bring it into our space of dance at the event of Rumba and the jungle.
We wish Rumba in the jungle well wishes and good luck to all competitors.