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Diski Dance hits streets of Sandton

Diski Dance hits streets of Sandton

Sandton Convention Centre staff do the Diski Dance on Maude Street, Sandton (Photo: Sandton Convention Centre)

27 November 2009

The team at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre is gearing itself up for one of the greatest shows on earth, the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, by literally "dancing on the street" and performing for local and international guests visiting the centre in the lead-up to June 2010.

"The catchy Diski Dance, launched by South African Tourism earlier this year, is starting to take South Africa by storm in the lead-up to 2010," Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) executive director Mati Nyazema said in a statement this week.

"To show our support, everyone at SCC has taken it upon themselves to learn the steps to this truly South African dance to celebrate our country – and the African continent – as the host of this global spectacular."

On Wednesday morning, the SCC team took to the streets of Sandton to show that "their dancing skills match their professional skills when it comes to hosting events that are of a world-class standard", Nyazema said.

The SCC team got "down and dirty" with the Diski Dance on Maude street in Sandton. A video of the dance will be circulated in-house as well as to clients "to keep the soccer atmosphere alive.

"In addition, we are encouraging the rest of the tourism industry, and other businesses in the Sandton area, to join us in getting into step with the spirit of 2010," Nyazema said.

The dance, comprising a series of choreographed soccer moves, takes its inspiration from African football and is a combination of various football moves used by African players that makes their style of playing the beautiful game so unique and flamboyant.

The Sandton Convention Centre has pledged to put on a free Diski Dance by its staff for all events hosted at the centre from now until the World Cup kick-off on 11 June 2010, with the first event to benefit being the Soccerex Exhibition scheduled to open on Saturday.

"Hosting the Fifa World Cup on African soil for the first time in its history gives all of us as South Africans, and Africans, the opportunity to celebrate our culture and bring a truly African rhythm to the event," Nyazema said.

"Amid the sounds of vuvuzelas blowing, finishing touches to soccer stadiums and all the last-minute preparations that precede us hosting the greatest global event our continent has yet witnessed, we believe the Diski Dance presents yet another opportunity for our nation to come together and ready ourselves to welcome the world in June 2010.

"It's been a long time coming, but all of us at SCC have rehearsed and are ready – in fact, we can hardly wait!"

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