UKZN Lecturer to Dance at SA ChampionshipsGeneral

Ms Lauren Hepworth and her partner, Mr Shahen Debba, who won the Latin dance section at a recent Gold Cup competition in Durban.Ms Lauren Hepworth and her partner, Mr Shahen Debba, who won the Latin dance section at a recent Gold Cup competition in Durban.

Occupational Therapy Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences Ms Lauren Hepworth (27) will participate in next year’s South African Dance Championships.

Hepworth’s love of dancing began when she started ballet at the age of three and Spanish two years later. 

After dancing for more than 10 years, she took a break while doing her matric and a degree in Occupational Therapy.

She recently graduated from UKZN with a Master’s Degree in Hand Rehabilitation and took up a lecturer’s post at the University.

Hepworth started dancing again last year and joined the FloorCraft Dance Studio where she met her current dance partner, Mr Shahen Debba, who had been seeking a colleague to compete in a beginners’ competition.

Now under the guidance of their coach, Mr Warren Duffield, the couple have moved up a level to bronze in both ballroom and Latin.

They are optimistic and looking forward to competing for silver and possibly rising even further up the ranks during next year’s dance championships.

Hepworth says the competition provides an opportunity for her to compete at a high level as well as to learn from experienced dancers from all over South Africa.

* Hepworth and Debba are looking for sponsors to help them cover the costs of competing at the championships. Anyone able to assist is asked to contact Lauren on Hepworth@ukzn.ac.za

Lihle Sosibo