VIDEO: Traditional spice in dance

Omphile Mathedimosa, Lesedi Musidani, Sphesihle Mtshali, Tshegofatso Phoko, Nombuhle Khumalo, Tekano Moleleki, Kutlwano Maishoane and Palesa Masike Soweto art dancers.

Dance is a performance art which many children are enthralled by. Ndofaya children have long been in the habit of teaching each other different dance styles to form one routine which they perform at events in the township.

Palesa Masike is a professional dancer and a freelancer who wants to teach those who love dancing, to embrace the rhythm. She started dancing at the age of seven and joined different dance groups to hone her abilities because she is passionate about dance.

“I joined dance groups and performed when we were asked to and that’s where people got to see how serious I was with this,” she said.


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She has been exposed to performing abroad on her dance journey and it is the skills she has since cultivated, that she wishes to impart to the youth in her community.

She said, “When I see children playing in the streets and roaming around, I invite them over and teach them a variety of dance moves.

“One of my fondest memories was winning a dance competition and as a young woman, that was an exciting moment for me.”



The Soweto Arts Foundation gives children the platform to showcase their dance skills as many of them are passionate about dance and feel that they could make a career out of it.

They operate from the Bapedi Hall where practice takes place during the week. Masike has a working relationship with other dancers and they take turns to teach children a number of routines in the different dance categories.

Her ultimate goal is to continue teaching these children and making sure that they understand that you can actually have a profitable career as a professional dancer.

“Our plan is to teach them more moves and spicing it up with traditional dance,” said Masike.




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