Riel Dancers Dream to Compete at World Championships

For: Die Nuwe Graskoue Trapper Riel Dancers
Organizer: Floris Smith (Executive Chef and Assistant General Manager at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Welness Retreat)
of $30,000 goal
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The Story

An initiative that was launched by Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat and its Assistant GM Floris Smith in 2012, Die NuweGraskoue Trappers Riel troupe consists of two groups of talented young people from the community of Wupperthal, Bushmans Kloof and surrounding towns. 

Choreographed, trained and managed by Floris Smith, himself a former dancer, this enthusiastic dance troupe has been trailblazing their way across the Riel Dance scene after becoming the ATKV Junior Riel Dance Champions for 2013. They won the GRAND CHAMPION AWARD for BEST GROUP PERFORMANCE, as well as the GOLD medal in the ETHNIC FOLK DANCE category in the South African Championships of the Performing Arts 2014 that took place in Rustenburg from 4 to 13 April 2014.  Their equally talented band took the GOLD medal in the OPEN, as well as the ORIGINAL categories, and also won the OVERALL TROPHY AWARD in the ORIGINAL category. 

Die NuweGraskoue Trappers is the first ever Riel Dance group to have made it to this prestigious national competition, and to qualify as part of TEAM SOUTH AFRICA 2014/5 to take part in the World Championships of Performing Arts. We appeal to individuals and businesses for their financial support to give these talented young people the opportunity to compete on the international stage. 

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 1, 2015

Posted on June 1, 2015

We have 4 more dancers to fund, we have raised funds for 12 dancers and band members already. Thank You to all for you wonderful support.

Posted on October 7, 2014

Posted on October 7, 2014

Thank You Goosebump Productions for a job well done. We had a great time filming with you.

Posted on September 29, 2014

Posted on September 29, 2014

The ATKV Riel Dance Season started last month and we danced saterday past at the 5th and final regionals in Ceres.

Our current Champion Team, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers are not competing but will be defending the title in the Final on 6 December 2014. There was 3 age categories.

Under 12 years:

We entered 2 teams, Bushmans Kloof Stof Skoppertjies which are all kids from Bushmans Kloof that is schooling at Elizabethfontein and 1 team from Wupperthal. The Bushmans Kloof Stof Skoppertjies took home the Gold and Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappertjies the silver, as well as best individual male and female dancer.

Under 18 years Jnr:

We entered 1 group in this category which are the Woeppies van Wupperthal. They proudly brought home the gold as well as best individual male and female dancers in this age category.

Senior Category

We entered 3 teams, Suurrug Suur Trappers took Gold and Grasvlei Gras Trappers took Silver. Suurrug also took best individual male dancer.

The band won Best New Riel Song and Efraim won Best Musician on the Guitar.

We had a very successful regional. We are now preparing for the Semi-Finals, 25 October 2014-09-28

Once again, Thank you for your wonderful support and for making it possible

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