Though it was their first appearance at the Copenhagen Open Championship, Botswana dancers have left a mark for themselves following an impressive performance they displayed before the multitudes at the championship.
“The organizers were very impressed with the dancing of our athletes so much that they were asked to do a special performance. The environment was so breathtaking and they were given a standing ovation and presented with small tokens of appreciation,” said BODANSA Administrative Secretary, Karabo Kemoabe.
BODANSA sent a delegation of four athletes and also Botswana’s top dancers, Tiny Serole and Mogomotsi Bolaane, along with Kabelo Giddie and Hope Bayani, to represent the country at the Copenhagen 2010 dancing championships held in Denmark from the 19th to 21st February where they competed against 72 strong couples from different countries.
Among the countries that participated are Denmark, South Africa, Russia, Italy, Poland, Iceland, USA, Germany, Serbia, Latvia, England, Finland, Israel, Netherlands and Norway.
The Copenhagen Open is an international championship featuring top couples from each country all over the world and no African country has ever reached the top twelve.
The event is organized by Peter Dan Ringgaard on behalf of KAF. Kemoabe also noted that the athletes represented the country very well even though they were not ranked among the top final placing.
The championship also served as an eye opener for the athletes as they learned a few tips from the other participants at the open championship. He also stated that the association intends to send national teams to Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa this year, the first competition being in Lesotho.