“Rumba in the Jungle is the biggest dance festival ever held in Africa, staged in Sun City Resort in the Bokone Bophirima Province. During its prime time era of between 1994 and 1996, dance was also classified as the third most popular leisure and life-style activity after Soccer and Rugby.
Rumba in the Jungle will continue from where it left, attracting 3000 competitors from all over South Africa including our neighbouring states – Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe. In addition, the festival will attract international participants from the Europe, America and Asia. This number excludes audiences as in families, friends, fans and the general public. The festival is “Open to the World” and for the eleven (11) years since its hosting, has had an international contingent.
Rumba in the Jungle incorporates the full spectrum of dance, such as Ballroom, Latin American, African Traditional Dances, and is open to all dancers from novice to professional levels. Also, it encompass all age groups from juvenile (Under 6 Years) to Senior (Over 34) and it also has a special section for the physically disabled.
The festival involves an internationally qualified panel of judges. There are six international and six local judges on the panel. The adjudicators are chosen across the globe and from countries such as Austria, America, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Japan, Finland, including South Africa. The visiting overseas panellists are also contracted to give lectures and workshops. These lectures are offered at no charge, to all those competing in Rumba in the Jungle and forms part of the “edutainment” programme.
In addition, Rumba in the Jungle features professional performances and demonstration by the renowned people in the Cultural and Creative Industries, Music, Dance, Writers, etc., including internationals.”
The Sun City Superbowl has played host to some of the World’s top performing artists and now you get the opportunity to step onto the dance floor in this world famous venue. Rumba in the Jungle has a rich history of being one of the most sought after competitions in the world, with the likes of Donny Burns M.B.E (10 times undefeated world Latin Champion) and South Africa’s own Bryan Watson (8 times undefeated world Latin Champion and Current Dancing with the Stars SA Judge) competing at this prestigious event.