BULAWAYO – Nyandoro Primary School from Mashonaland Central Province last Friday shrugged off competition from eight other provincial champions to land the 2013 Jikinya Dance Festival crown at the Large City Hall.
The Mashonaland Central primary school’s performance in the mandatory Jerusalema Mbende dance and another traditional dance of their choice won kudos from the judges.
For their efforts Nyandoro walked away with $1 500.
St Joseph Primary School from Mashonaland East claimed second position worth $ 1 000 with third-placed Rusununguko Primary School from Harare walking away with $500.
Fourth-placed Sabiwa Primary School from Matabeleland South Province pocketed $300.
All the top four schools also walked away with floating trophies.
The Professor Hope Sadza Trophy for Outstanding Common Dance Performance and the accompanying $300 prize was won by St Joseph Primary School.
Delta board chairperson Canaan Dube urged schools to continue promoting traditional dances.
“The young children who took their time and interest to practise the traditional dance need to be applauded and as a nation we should support them as they are the future,” said Dube.
“It is not all about competing and winning only but making our children grow up with the right attitude about our culture.”