Cape Town - Young South African street dancers and choreographers don’t always get the kudos they deserve, but celebrity dancers such as musician Babes Wodumo are putting their work on the map. Here are a few of the ones we’re watching, and who you should be too:
Cape Town-based Smit got the whole country talking last year when a video he choreographed to Meghan Trainor’s hit, Me Too, went viral. At the time of publishing, Smit’s video, which features a crew of some of the Cape’s most exciting young dancers, had been watched nearly 1 million times on YouTube. His spicy style and fresh take on casting got the nod from Trainor herself – a big boost to Smit’s name. Check him out on Facebook, where he’s always up to cool things.
The star of PE’s Finest Rap Crew, who have represented South Africa twice at the World Hip-Hop Championships, Ferreira is a bit of a legend in hip-hop dance circles. Aside from being a famous dancer in his own right, Ferreira also just choreographed his own production, Whirl Wind, which tells the story of Dawid Stuurman, a Khoi icon who fought against the slavery and oppression of his people. I could go on about Ferreira’s achievements, but the boy has soul. If you see his name on a poster somewhere, go watch.
She’s risen to fame over the course of this year mainly due to her role as a presenter on SABC2’s Showville and e.tv’s Club 808. The 25-year-old has been dancing for eight years and starred in South Africa’s first feature dance film, Hear Me Move, last year. Modiselle, who is one of Lip Sync Battle Africa’s choreographers, has featured in the music videos of artists including Nigeria’s Wizkid and Iyanya and South Africa’s Jozi. Hopefully we’ll get to see more from her in the future.