Our Dancers' Chances!

31 January 2018
From actors to sportspeople, here are the skills that may land our celebs the debut DWTSSA title.
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Frank Opperman

Frank is a bona-fide South African acting legend, and even though he admits to have never having danced before, his stage flair – and the fact that he had to keep rhythm in an army marching band – could lead to a few surprises.

Thembisa Mdoda

Another accomplished actor who won Best TV Presenter at the 2017 Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards, Thembisa doesn’t have the experience of Opperman, but she’s seen enough dancing at the ceremonies in Our Perfect Wedding to have picked up a trick – or six!

Juanita de Villiers

She’s never done Latin or ballroom before, but Juanita has appeared in a couple of music videos for the band Anders Orkes, and her seasoned stage experience could be a major advantage in a live TV show.

Zola Nomboma

Unapologetically confident, Zola is not afraid of working out hard in the gym, and muscle strength is a definite bonus in this show. She’s also unafraid to look fire for the audience - another plus.

Eden Classens

He’s been singing and dancing on stage (and YouTube) since an early age, and he’s studied musical theatre, so the training is there. He’s also had to exercise the contours of his body as a model, which should help make up for his relatively young age.

Ebenhaezer Dibakwane

He’s an award-winning comedian, so timing and pizzazz are part of his repertoire, and he’s also at home on stage and in front of the camera. If he can translate his “physical” from “comedy” to “graceful”, he’ll have a great chance.

Liesl Laurie

Far from just a pretty face, former Miss SA Liesl Laurie connects with music as part of her job as a Jacaranda FM on-air-personality. She also has boundless ambition and a real sense of style that could play in her favour.


Odessa Swarts

While not as well-known as her globally famous son, Wayde van Niekerk, Odessa was a provincial track-and-field athlete on the ‘80s and ‘90s. She’s no stranger to competition and has always wanted to learn the tango and salsa – we reckon she’ll kill a quickstep!

Delron Buckley

A former Bafana Bafana footballer, Delron is now a coach and teacher. But now he has to be taught and convert his fancy footwork into something that dazzles, sans a ball. We believe he’ll be scoring (with the judges!).

Thando Manana

Manana was a Springbok loose forward, which means he’s highly mobile, with tricky footwork. He’s also managed to  bring his understanding of the game into the showbiz realms of TV, as pundit and commentator. Comfortable in front of the camera, he also once dreamt of being a dancer!

Vanes-Mari Du Toit

She’s a versatile netballer, having played in multiple positions for her country, and that versatility extends to TV, where she’s been an analyst for SuperSport. Netball requires superb upper body strength, so we think she has an advantage from the hips up.


Connell Cruise

Well, he’s a musician with multiple SAMA nominations and Top 10 hits. So, he should be able to move. And he partially proved it last year on #TheVoiceSA!

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