it were not for Belinda Smith, this trip to South Africa would not have
happened. Belinda asked me to help as advisor and head judge for the
competition "Battle Of The Boots 2002". With one of the largest line dance
competitor turnouts in the world this year (240 individual competitors, 24
teams, 20 choreography entries and a separate children's competition, this
turned out to be a spectacular success. Thanks, Belinda!
Bill Bader and Belinda
Smith, Durban, South Africa,
At the after-party of "Battle Of The Boots" and our send-off
party: Judges Grant Gadbois (left) and Vicki Bannister (right)
congratulate Mandy Meyers (centre) for her choreography award for "Flickering
"Imbabala Lodge" way out in the middle of nothing but bush. That's me with
Craig Smith, talented choreographer of one of my favourite dances,
This big guy dwarfs the
cars he decided should get out of his way on HIS road.
Giraffes - quiet,
friendly, tall. See if you can spot the 3-week old baby in this family
A winery in the
beautiful Stellenbosch Valley near Cape Town.
Table Mountain and
Cape Town in the background of this shot from a beach just north of the city.
Charmaine Von Spronsen was our terrific hostess for the Cape portion of our
The end of the world
-- the lighthouse at the Cape Of Good Hope, southernmost point in Africa. A
large pod of right whales were cavorting just below the cliffs as we looked
down from the lighthouse.