A passionate pantsula dancer

A very passionate 19-year-old pantsula dancer from Khutsong, Sabelo Dikiso, has been dancing his way up since he fell in love with the art in 2009. According to the young man who grew up in Westonaria, he was inspired by a group of dancers known as ‘Via Bekkersdaal’ before he began dancing in 2013. His style of dance, the pantsula, is from a township culture and is a street dance that was formulated through Kwaito music, a popular South African sound. His tempo is fast as he has evolved to dancing to house music and uses rhythmic movements to complement the beats. He has since been performing at school and in places like Fochville, Westonaria and even as far as Pretoria, where he took part in a carnival. Sabelo wants to reach other countries and his main desire is to see himself dancing in the United States of America. He says his highlight was when he showcased his talent with his dance group in episode 3 of the Stumbo dance competition on SABC1 in early 2017. Sabelo wants to use his talent to change his community as he feels that through art forms like dancing, he can inspire other young people to do something positive with their lives. ‘My aim is to fight crime and substance abuse to make a difference in my community,’ he says. He wants to study to become a qualified choreographer and his message to other dancers is that they will succeed if they keep doing what they love. Contact him at 082 073 2363/ 073 831 5710. gladiator

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