From 2001 to 2011, Somerset Drummies were a member of the top 10 in the country, and sign-ups are now open for the 2019 season for girls from Grade 1 to Grade 12.
Drum majorettes began in South Africa in 1974 in association with the South African army as a school sport for girls, and is a form of military dance sport. It has transformed over the years and has now been accepted by the Majorette World Federation (MWF).
It is a choreographic dance sport that does not require girls to be perfectly supple or fit. It aids all types of body styles to improve fitness while enhancing rhythmic ability.
The sport promotes elegance and grace, confidence and team work. Through regulated practices a team improves in socialisation and fine motor skills relative to co-ordination, focus and memory.
Drummies hosts an annual regional championship followed by a national championship each year. Visit www.samca.org.za for more information.
Darryl Spijkers, who won a national gold medal in 2017 when the Western Province team that he trained took first place, is at the helm of the Somerset Majorettes, assisted by ex-drummies, Kaylee Bevan and Kayla Scott.
Practices will be open to any girls from schools that do not offer drum majorettes as a sport.
They will take place at the baseball club at Radloff Park. Full details can be discussed by attending the first meeting for all girls and a parent on Friday November 16 at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West.
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