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We are proud to announce that the Documentary film Rumba in the Jungle, The Return will Premiere at this year’s Durban International Film Festival on the 22 July 2018 at 20h00 at Suncoast Casino Cinema and again on the 24 July 2018 at 18h00. 

About the Film:

In 1996 DanceSport was rated the third most popular leisure activity in South Africa next to soccer and rugby. ‘Rumba in the Jungle’ was the premiere International Dance Event
bringing dance couples from around the World to Sun City
to compete for the prestigious title. In 1999, due to internal factions,
the Dance Festival disappeared from the
International Dance Calendar and with it,
it’s standing as a popular sport of choice in South Africa.

Before it disappeared, the prestigious dance competition launched the
careers of Michael Wentink and Tebogo Kgobokoe,
two world-renowned Champions in dance from South Africa who is now grooming a new generation of Dance Champions.

. As ‘Rumba in the Jungle’ makes its resurgence nearly two decades later, we follow Michael and Tebogo’s journeys over the 5 day event and we look back on moments
in the past to discover what gave them focus, how they fought their personal demons and what made them the legendary Champions that they are known as today.

Starring Michael Wentink, Tebogo Kgobokoe, Karina Smirnoff, Slavik Kryklyvyy, Victor Fung, Anastacia Maravyeva, Curtley Klaasen, Kisha Brown,
Botlhale Sehool & Moeketsi Lichabe.
Produced by Screendance Africa ZA in association with 1000 Hugs Films.

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We invite you all the Premiere and look forward to sharing our journey.

Rumba in the Jungle 2018

We are super proud to announce that RITJ 2018 is taking place on 19-21 October 2018 at the iconic Sun City.

After engagement with ALL our stakeholders including the World Dance Council, we decided to reschedule from our initial planned date to October 2018 due to circumstances beyond our control. We trust this will afford the dance community the opportunity to participate in this spectacular competition, which is Open to the World.

ALL Associations; ALL Dancers, ALL genres are welcome to participate in the true spirit of Freedom to Dance. We look forward to sharing this memorable event with you. Your continued support is much appreciated. The countdown for RITJ 2018 begins NOW…

Rumba in the Jungle Congress DVDs are ready
Rumba in the Jungle Photographs

The Rumba Congress is taking place on 3 August 2017 in Kings Ballroom starting at 10h00.


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The online Entries are available for ALL competing genres / dance styles via the Dance TAB.
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