Dancing the 'Diski' Earns Virginia Soccer Team Trip of a Lifetime to South Africa

Premier AC's '97 Fusion Team Wins Viral Video Dance Contest Sponsored by South African Tourism

Jan 28, 2010, 11:00 ET from South African Tourism

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- South African Tourism has announced that 97 Fusion, a U-12 girls travel squad, has won its "Diski Dancing" viral dance video contest and will be heading to South Africa on South African Airways for an unforgettable 8-day, 7-night trip. This memorable journey will include visits to Johannesburg and Cape Town and will be jam-packed with jaw-dropping sights and once-in-a-lifetime experiences including a safari and the chance to square off against a top South African youth soccer team.

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"The Diski is a celebration of all the things that make South African soccer, and South Africa itself, so exhilarating," said Sthu Zungu, president of South African Tourism, North America. "It's rhythmic. It's showy. It's energetic. And most of all, it's great fun."

South African Tourism partnered with South African Airways, U.S. Youth Soccer and World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola on the contest, which invited youth soccer players from across the country to film themselves doing the "Diski," a special dance created just for the event that captures South Africa's unique rhythm, passion and flair for the game.

The competition aimed at educating and exposing America's youth and soccer moms to the culture, the warmth and the colorful nature of the people of South Africa. It was yet another way of growing positive awareness for the destination ahead of the World Cup in June.

South African Tourism launched the contest in late September 2009 and entries poured in right up until the mid-December cutoff date. Teams were primarily judged on their inclusion and interpretation of the Diski dance's five moves, along with their creativity around the dual themes of soccer and South Africa. The 97 Fusion entry had the team showing off these moves on the soccer field and in the shadow of Washington's leading landmarks and even in a heavy snowstorm. View all five finalists' entries at http://www.youtube.com/southafricantourism.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen to take this once-in-a-lifetime journey and can't wait for it to begin," said 97 Fusion coach Stacey King. "We are so grateful to the people from South African Tourism for choosing us, and our girls still can hardly believe it's real."

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