Loaned from TSG Braunschweig (at the time a first division German latin formation team), Sarafina was the routine that started it all.
The music was based largely on the Whoopi Goldberg film of the same name and featured South African music with gospel influences. These gospel influences meant that the routine’s creators could borrow from another Whoopi Goldberg film, Sister Act 2, to include well known tracks such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and We Are Family. The original dress design was to have been a strong zebra print to echo the South African roots of the music, but a late change saw the team compete in plain black for its first competition. This was, for the second competitive outing, changed to include a yellow sash on the women’s black dresses.
For Sarafina, the team was coached by Mark Lunn and Louise Lidbury, whilst Alexander Vollbrecht and Claudia Piela, from TSG Braunschweig, worked as consultants to the team.
Sarafina was performed at:
- The British Closed Latin Formation Championship 1998, Blackpool
- The British Open Latin Formation Championship 1999, Blackpool