Six celebrity dance couples brought their A-game at the Cape Flats version of Strictly Come Dancing held at Retreat Civic Centre on Saturday night.
The ballroom and Latin dancing competition was held to raise funds for six professional dancers from Greg’s Dance Academy, who are going to France in December to compete in the World Dance Championships.
The six pro dancers were paired up with six local celebrities who were challenged to learn the art of ballroom and Latin dancing in just four weeks.
But comedian Mel Jones, actress Charlene Wolmarans, actor Dillon Windvogel, career politician Maritha Petersen, businessman Chesne Stevens and actor Keanu Bergsman managed to rise to the challenge and gave mense a lekker show as they competed for the title.
Cape Flats comedy queen Mel looked glamorous in a pink and white ball gown for the ballroom section, swapping it for an itsy bitsy teeny weeny rokkie for the sexy Latin section.
“This competition is no joke,” she said huffing and puffing to catch her breath after her lively Cha Cha and Jive numbers.
The couples each received a trophy and certificate of appreciation.
Chesne and his partner Octavia Fortune won the Latin section while Charlene and her partner Shane Rudolph won the ballroom section, and also the overall competition.
Charlene said she only focused on her support for the students leaving for France and did not expect to win.
“I really just came for the fun and to support the professional dancers,” she said, clearly delighted.
Chesne added: “This competition taught me so much, patience and hard work pays off. I intend on taking this dancing further.”