Divenire Rhythmic Gymnastics opened in July 2019 and was named after Ludovico Einaudi’s piece of music ‘Divenire’ which means “to become”. Divenire was opened to serve as a club that caters for all gymnasts’ goals by offering world-class, safe and up-to-date training. We aim to guide and encourage all gymnasts to reach their full potential in fun, positive and safe environment. Our club provides training from recreational to high performance level and we strive to improve the standard of rhythmic gymnastics across the Western Cape and South Africa.
Our head coach and owner, Candice Uys, has vast experience and knowledge as a gymnast, coach, choreographer and judge. As a gymnast, she was four-time South African national champion and went on to represent South Africa at a number of international competitions, including the 2018 World Challenge Cup in Guadalajara, Spain. She is well-known in the international gymnastics community for her perseverance and dedication to RG. Candice has been coaching since the young age of 17 and has coached at various clubs in South Africa as well as coaching gymnasts online from more than 25 different countries. She also coached in Toronto, Canada in 2015 and hosted her first International master class in Switzerland in January 2020. Candice’s choreography has helped gymnasts win medals at the South African Championships and various international competitions since 2015. Most notably, Yulia Galukhin ranked 3rd at the 2020 African Championships. In addition to being involved in rhythmic gymnastics, Candice is currently completing her studies to become a Personal Trainer.
Kara Hugo started Rhythmic Gymnastics at age 7 – competing for KZN from the age of 10. She medalled at nationals from Level 6, was national champion in Level 7 and represented SA at the Zone 6 competition for level 4. Kara also started Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Modern Dance classes from age 13; and, is currently working toward her Intermediate exam in Modern (last year she passed her Elementary Modern Exam with Honours, at 85%.) She has enjoyed both individual and group presentations in dance and Rhythmic Gymnastics. Kara did her Rhythmic Gymnastics coaches training at 15 years of age, and, has been coaching ever since – both in KZN and WC. She also has her Pilates Mat Instructors credential and runs a small Pilates Studio (CORE Pilates). She has worked very closely with children with Special Needs for a number of years, and has her Facilitators Certification to assist those with Special Needs and Autism. Kara has gained many life skills through her years of Rhythmic Gymnastics and Dance, and is passionate about encouraging others in a similar way, on their life journey.