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Montana Dance Competition

It’s time to dance away the winter chills as Pretoria welcomes back the annual Montana Dance Competition with Round 1 kicking off on Saturday, 19 May from 2pm to 4pm at Montana Family Market.

Pretoria Dance Competition

Based on the corner of Enkeldoorn Avenue and Sefako Makgatho Drive, Montana Family Market is a popular craft and food market that offers patrons a wide variety of captivating entertainment. One such calendar favourite is the Montana Dance Competition, overseen by D’angelo Mercado Dance Company (DMDC).

This highly-anticipated dance contest boasts ten categories of dance suited to every style with prizes for the top dancer in each category.

Budding dancers can enter in any number of dance genres, these will include:

  • Hip hop – this style of dancing originates from America and refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop or rap music
  • Freestyle – Freestyle dancing is typically non-choreographed dance that usually involves dancers pulling together a bunch of dance moves and performing them to the music
  • Ballet – Ballet is the most traditional form of dancing and the purest and oldest genre of dance in western society.
  • Modern – Modern dancing incorporates both jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance and allows the dancer to explore all these aspects of dance.
  • Contemporary – Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.
  • Jazz – Jazz dance originates on Broadway and is a very theatrical and expressive style of dance
  • Disco – Disco originated in the 70’s and is very flashy, funky and can be performed solo or in duets or groups.
  • Tap – Tap dancers use tap shoes to create rhythm and beat. Fred Astaire is one of the most famous “tappers” of our century.
  • Acro – Acro dance is a new form of dance incorporating acrobatics and classical dance to create masterful performances.
  • Open – Any genre of dance can be performed in the open section.

The judging will be performed by professional DMDC dancer, Adriaan Marais, joined by two other judges every round.

There will be cash prizes up for grabs to the value of R9 000 and a hamper for best solo, best duet and best group in each age category. The first-place winners for the various age categories which include:

  • Ages 4 to 8
  • Ages 9 to 11
  • Ages 12 to 14
  • Ages 15 to 18
  • Ages 18 and above

And for those who don’t have all the moves, the competitors always welcome some audience support so attend the any of the three rounds to encourage the awesome talent. The semi-finals will be held on Saturday, 2 June with the finals taking place on Saturday, 9 June.

There is a R2 entrance fee into Montana Family Market which allows visitors to watch the sizzling dance contest, as well as providing entrance to more than 500 stalls retailing quality products and services. There is also a fun children’s zone – as well as an ever-evolving activities’ programme – for the little ones. Visitors have plenty of space to relax after browsing the stalls or visiting the burgeoning range of food outlets. The site has ATM facilities, bathroom facilities and even its own MFM Radio station.

The entry cost for the Montana Dance Competition is R60 per person and registrations close Monday, 7 May. Contact Louise on 074 843 1202 or email For more on Montana Family Market visit

Audiences coming to watch the Montana Dance Competition will also get to visit the incredible Montana Family Market. This stunning Pretoria market offers a diverse shopping experience suitable for the entire family.  

Visitors can also look forward to worthwhile promotional events, musical performances as well as children’s entertainment. Children will also be kept occupied in the lovely children’s play park. There is plenty of space to relax after browsing the stalls or visiting the burgeoning range of food outlets. The site has ATM facilities, bathroom facilities and even its own MFM Radio station.