Guests : Jorja Freeman & Gustavo Vigilio
The World’s Premier Dance Production, Burn The Floor, returns to South Africa this
August and September at the Baxter Theatre.
Burn the Floor is a global production that has revolutionized the image of Ballroom
dance across the world and is set to visit South Africa for the fourth time in August and
September this year, in what has been dubbed as Burn the Floor – The Rebel Tour.
It includes South African Latin Champion, Kylee Brown. South Africans will also witness
the sweet vocals of sultry songstress, Lelo Ramasimong – who is currently a finalist in
local music reality TV show, The Voice SA – throughout the SA tour.
Choreographed and directed by Peta Roby, Burn the Floor – The Rebel Tour
includes music from Rag and Boneman, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Santana, Janis
Joplin, and Led Zeppelin.
Joining us in studio are Jorja Freeman & Gustavo Vigilio
JORJA FREEMAN (AUSTRALIAN DANCER)
She's a dancer from Melbourne, Australia and have been touring and dancing with Burn
The Floor since I was 19 (She is no 26 years old). Jorja started dancing at age 3 when her
Mum and Dad couldn’t handle having her and my twin brothers at home (we were a lot
to handle). So here Nana would take Jorja to dance class. Her Nana was once part of
the Australian Ballet and Jorja's Mum never danced so for her she loved the fact that
she was even up for it.
Up until age 15, Jorja studied and competed in Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Ballet
before she then made a straight switch to Ballroom and Latin dancing.. where she got to
dance with boys! |
Jorja never did extremely well in Competition dancing nor did she really enjoy it to be
honest… what she enjoyed was performing… even as a little girl Jorja always had to be
the centre of attention… self admitted! She loved the stage!
So at age 19 when the offer came to join Australian Dance Company, Burn The Floor, it
was right up her alley, and definitely a dream job for her! Jorja's first BTF experience
was touring the USA, her first theatre was The Pantages in LA.. it truly was one of the
most memorable nights ever…
Since then Burn The Floor has become her home away from home, giving Jorja's
professional dance opportunities that she never thought possible. Jorja's performed on
London’s West End in 2016, has toured Japan twice in some of the biggest theatres she
have ever seen, and have had the privilege of touring Australia 3 times now.
Jorja is also the current champion of Dancing With The Stars Australia.
GUSTAVO VIGILIO (ITALIAN DANCER)
Gustavo has been dancing since he was 12, and has for the past 10 years been studying
in Milan Italy, under the guidance of world renown Latin American dance coach Carolyn
Smith. Holds many world and European titles including: World Youth Latin champion
and Italian champion, finalist at the international and German open Latin
championships , in 2013 he decide to stop his competitive dancing, and start new career
touring the world on the stage with Burn the Floor. Gustavo was also a finalist on the
Australian version of Dancing with Stars in 2019
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Guest : Kerry Mauchline | Spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer|
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Minister of the Department of Basic Education Angie Motshekga held a meeting with stakeholders on Thursday and announced that "After careful consideration of all the reports CEM took a decision that only Grade 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will return to school on Monday, 06th July 2020," the council said in a statement.
Other grades will be phased during the month of July.
Guest : Ashley Newell
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Thus, protecting the supply chain for the future, keeping small farmers afloat – Food Flow shifts the flow of produce coming from farms to those most vulnerable.
FoodFlow then matches the farmer with a community organization in their vicinity who distributes harvest bags or cooks a meal for their beneficiaries. FoodFlow works to sustain food livelihoods, enabling farmers to continue sustaining their business despite the loss of restaurant, hotel and market clients and ensures fresh nutritious food keeps flowing to those who are most impacted by food insecurity
Guest : Lawrence Manaka
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Guest : Chantal Bredenkamp | Grade 3 teacher at Sunnyside Primary School
The last few months have been tough on the education sector.
Schools were one of the first institutions to shut down even before the nationwide lockdown was announced and soon all classes turned digital.
As the economic repercussions of lockdown led to job losses and pay cuts, many parents found themselves battling to pay school fees.
The effects have been dire. But one school refuses to go down without a fight.
Guest : Dr Pieter Kotze | Head at Geomagnetism Group At Hermanus
The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover mission has been delayed to no earlier than July 30 because of a launch vehicle processing issue, the latest in a series of slips that have now used up nearly half of the available launch opportunities for the mission.
NASA announced June 30 that the mission, previously scheduled to launch July 22, would be delayed to investigate “off-nominal” data from a liquid oxygen sensor line during a wet dress rehearsal of the mission’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle June 22 at Cape Canaveral, Florida - according to SpaceNews.com.
The mission was originally scheduled to launch July 17, the beginning of its launch period, but has slipped three times. None of the slips have had to do with issues with the Mars 2020 spacecraft itself - NASA announced.
The Mars 2020 project (carrying a rover named Perseverance) will land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, regardless of what day it launches during the current launch period. The rover will land in Jezero Crater on Mars for mission designed to last at least one Martian year, or 687 Earth days. Perseverance’s instruments will reportedly look for signs of past life on Mars, but the mission’s biggest purpose is to cache samples of Martian rock for later return to Earth.