PORT Elizabeth's Dead Silence Dance Crew beat more than 100 entrants in the final round of the Extreme Talent 2012 show.
The event, hosted by Extreme Models, saw Dead Silence Dance Crew walking away with R10000, a hamper to the value of R300, a photo session for promotional material, Profiles Gym vouchers and publicity for corporate and business events.
The hip-hop group made up of Alexander Road High School pupils Juane Ramon, Bonga Pony, Mikael Renze, Jessie-Dyllin Johnson and Jason Dean were ecstatic with their win.
"This win means that they will be able to do their passion – dance and entertain people in various spheres of life. They want to prove to the rest of South Africa that we have good talented youngsters in the Eastern Cape," Mikael's father and crew manager Walter Renze said.
Extreme Models owner Veruschka Barnard said the debut event was an opportunity for the modelling agency to get involved in the community.
"Extreme Models sponsors the money to help develop the community and to help the youth realise that their dreams can come true and to believe in themselves to make a success," Barnard said.
Renze said the win instilled a deeper sense of fulfillment and determination to pursue bigger wins.
"Next they plan to audition for the South African Championships. They also plan to create a junior crew so that Dead Silence can continue and they want to amalgamate a few of the dance crews in and around Port Elizabeth to form a mega crew that will make it possible to take part in categories at various competitions and show South Africa that Port Elizabeth has a lot of talent," he said.
The group of 15- and 17-year-olds, who also won Fly-Magazine's Best Teen Dance Crew earlier in the year, plan to use their winnings to improve their performances.
"They will buy additional dance kit and a better mixing programme to ensure their music is up to standard.
"They would like to use the winnings to enter the South African Dance Championships," Renze said.
"They will also buy a gift for their drama teacher, Ms Kemp, from Alexander Road High School to show their appreciation."
The competition kicked off in May with 187 people auditioning at the Moffet-on-Main Lifestyle Centre. Fifty semifinalists went through to the next round held at the German Club, from which 16 made it to the finals.
Judges included Bridget Ungerer, Bay TV producer Ziphindiwe Sogoni and Zest Production's Charnelle de Lange.