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Clinton, Meagan look to dance up a storm

By Mark Etheridge

The next step of South Africa’s 2009 Games campaign waltzes into action on the seventh of 10 days in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan Friday.

Cape combination Clinton Soules and Meagan Kleinhans line up in the dance-sports category where they will compete in the ball-room disciplines.

Explains Soules, a constable in the Cape Town metro police, when he’s not dancing up a storm: “There are 24 couples who have to do five compulsory dances, all 1min 30sec in duration.”

After the first round, six couples will drop out and another six in the next round, leaving 12 couples to contest the semi-finals. The competition is expected to last around three hours.

“The five dances are waltz, tango, venice waltz, slow fox-trot and the quickstep. My favourite is definitely the tango,” says Soules (26).

That dancing is in his blood there is no doubt. “I’ve been dancing for 21 years now and I started at the age of five. It’s in the family, I was just following in my mom and dad’s footsteps.”

There’s no doubting it’s a family business because Kleinhans is also Soules’ cousin.

The two have been dancing as a team for the past five years. “Before that I had a partner for 12 years but I outgrew her too quickly and was too tall for her.”

Soules has competed internationallly before, having danced in Ukraine, Russia and Finland already.

Team official Chris Bulpitt looks after the couple while they are in Taiwan, along with SA’s representatives in the Latin American section, Otile Mabuse and Keokantse Motsepe.

He also designs their outfits which he reckons cost around R15,000 for the girl’s dresses, and that’s at the lower end of the price range.