WHAT ARE THE COMMONWEALTH CUP DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS?

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The Commonwealth Cup Dance Championships is an international partnership to unite a family of dancers from all Commonwealth Nations for the common purpose of dance education, while displaying good sportsmanship and fostering friendship. 


It began in 2017 and was hosted in Sun City, South Africa by hosts Bonnie Dyer (Canada) and Bev Wood (South Africa).  Sun City was such a gracious host that they are once again holding the championships one more year in South Africa!  It was am amazing experience for all and there are even more dancers from even more nations in this second year of the event!!


The Commonwealth Cup Dance Championships (CCDC) are a biannual event that convenes dancers from ALL Commonwealth nations to celebrate excellence in dance.  The plan herein after is to have a different Commonwealth Nation host each competition. 


Team Canada Dance is intending on taking teams to South Africa for the even July 16-20, 2019.  We are planning on taking the established teams that just finished competing at the 2018 IDO Championships in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Showdance, and  Streetdance Show.  


Team Canada Dance did amazing at our first competition in South Africa!  Stay tuned for pics from the competition!  If you were a member of the 2017 Team Canada Commonwealth, we would love to see your pics - please submit to Melissa or Bonnie.


For more information on the Commonwealth Dance Cup, please click the  link below!


For more information about Sun City, South Africa, please see FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SUN CITY here



COMMONWEALTH DANCE CUP WEBSITE

INFORMATION

COMMONWEALTH CUP DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

Competition Date:

July 16-20, 2019


Approx. Travel Date:

July 13-21

*with extended option available after competition

COST - OPTION 1

DANCER:  $4,000

All travel costs include:  Air transportation, Hotel at Sun City Resort w/breakfast, Ground transportation fo/from Johannesburg Airport, Access to the Valley of the Waves, and Choreographer travel fees.

**Entry fees and Workshop fees are additional.


PARENT/CHAPERONE:  $3,600

All travel costs include:  Air transportation, Hotel at Sun City Resort w/breakfast, Ground transportation fo/from Johannesburg Airport, Access to the Valley of the Waves, and Choreographer travel fees and entry to competition

**Observer fee for workshops are additional

COST - OPTION 2

MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS

You must pay the $250 fee for the team, plus make your own travel arrangements.  Any choreography/costume fees goes directly to the choreographer.

Online payments subject to additional service fees but you may e-transfer.  


HOTEL BOOKING INFORMATION:

For Sun City Hotel booking, please contact Call centre and give them the booking codes: contact  grpresv@suninternational.com / (011) 780 7800

Commonwealth Dance Blocks: Quote these code when booking on the packages.

CWDE1901PB - Soho

CWDE1902PB - Cabanas

CWDE1903PB - Cascades

CWDE1904PB - Palace

Please register through our online Registration Portal.  

TEAM MEETING

Files coming soon.

Downloads

2019 Fundrasing hints (pdf)

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CCDC Press Release (docx)

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2019 CCDC Sponsorship Letter (pdf)

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2019 CCDC SPONSOR RECEIPT (pdf)

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important!

PASSPORTS

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** YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT THAT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF TRAVEL DATES.


I cannot stress this point enough.  Numerous past participants have tried to travel with either a passport that will expire within the 6 months, or already expired!  These dancers/parents were turned away at the airport.  Don't let this happen to you!  This is YOUR responsibility, not ours or the airline booking our tickets.  We try to remind people to renew passports but we cannot do it for you.  You will have to buy another airline ticket if you fail to get on with the rest of the team.


REQUIREMENTS

Your passport must contain at least 2 empty visa pages for the necessary South African Temporary Residence Permit. Without it, you will be denied entry into the country.

You may also be denied boarding at the point of departure if you don’t have enough blank pages for the visa. If you plan to visit neighbouring countries and return to South Africa, ensure that there are sufficient visa pages in your passport for those countries’ visas and those of South Africa.

LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE

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LONG FORM / UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS NEEDED.


Upon entry or exit, parents travelling with children under the age of 18 must produce the child’s unabridged (long form) birth certificate, in English or translated to English.


All documents must be originals or copies certified as a true copy of the original by a commissioner of oaths.


If only one parent is travelling with the child, he or she must also produce a sworn affidavit (issued no earlier than 3 months prior to travel dates) from the other parent registered on the birth certificate. The affidavit must authorize him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic of South Africa with the child. Other requirements apply to unaccompanied children.

These regulations will be strictly enforced by the South African Department of Home Affairs. Contact the nearest High Commission of South Africa before travelling to verify the latest requirements.


More from South Africa on travelling with children


More from Canada for travelling with children



HEALTH

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There are no mandatory vaccines to enter South Africa.


Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.  Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.


Some vaccines to consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.  These include:  Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Measles, Rabies, and Typhoid.  


Malaria

**Sun City is in a Malaria-free zone, but if you are staying for extended stay and heading to Krueger National Park, you may be at risk for Malaria there.  Again, there is no risk in Sun City, Johannesburg or Cape Town.  The surrounding Pilanesburg National Park is also Malaria- free.  


Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no vaccine against malaria.  Protect yourself from mosquito bites by covering up and see a healthcare clinic about obtaining antimalarial medication.


SAFETY

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IS IT SAFE IN SOUTH AFRICA?   Yes.....


As when travelling in any country, you are advised to exercise a high degree of caution due to significant level of serious crime.


However, Sun City is considered a gated community and is considered quite safe.  Do not be surprised to see guards throughout the resort.  We did not fear for our safety when we attended the 2017 Commonwealth Dance Cup  at the same location.  If you are planning on remaining in Sun City, with the exception of day safaris in the surrounding areas, you are in no more danger than travelling within North America.


For more on Sun City safety, see trip advisor  and  FAQs about Sun City


WHERE NOT TO GO:

If you are planning on venturing into Johannesburg on your own, please EXERCISE A HIGH DEGREE OF CAUTION.  Johannesburg has considerable crime and it is advised you travel with a trusted guide.  


Crime significantly increases after dark in major city centres and townships. After dark, avoid the areas of:

  • Berea
  • Hillbrow and Yeoville in Johannesburg
  • Sunnyside in Pretoria
  • the beachfront and Victoria wharf in Durban
  • In Cape Town, avoid walking from downtown hotels to the waterfront.


Please see the government of Canada for more information


2017 Commonwealth Cup Magazine

Some of our amazing Team Canada Dancers from 2917!

Shirel Bronizer

Shirel Bronizer performing "LOVE NEVER DIES"   

CLICK HERE

Adios (preliminary)

Choreographer:  Tiffany McLachlan

CLICK HERE

Adios (finals)

Choreographer:  Tiffany McLachlan

CLICK HERE

Commonwealth Dance

Dancers learning the Commonwealth Dance Cup Routine 

CLICK HERE

Commonwealth Dance Performance

Dancers performing the Commonwealth Dance 

CLICK HERE