‘USA is a dream away’

2016-03-03 06:00
 Esethu Giyose is hoping that she will get the chance to showcase her dancing talent in the Big Apple.

Esethu Giyose is hoping that she will get the chance to showcase her dancing talent in the Big Apple.

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Esethu Giyose, a young dancer is one step closer to seeing her dream of performing on the international stage come true. Lack of funds notwithstanding.

Giyose, from Hazeldean, is one of a handful of performers to be discovered by American talent scout Kim Myers.

She and the others now have the chance to showcase their talents in New York, in the USA.

Giyose was selected in September last year after outshining her competitors in a talent show in Pretoria last year.

She paved her own way when she outdid herself in a local talent show in Langa. She was due to showcase her contemporary dance in New York in July this year but the matric learner has opted to finish her studies first and then leave for the limelight next year.

The Gardens Commercial School learner said that she also needed to raise funds for the trip. She needs around R 70 000 to make the trip and has started approaching prospective sponsors.

“I’m very excited about going to the USA and getting a chance to showcase my talents in front of other scouts and dance companies.

I have to focus on my matric but will continue dancing for my organisation, Dance for All,” she said.

Giyose said what started as a hobby at age seven could never have prepared her for the attention she is now receiving, after the dance bug bit.

She aspires to be a professional dancer and is hoping to study dance at university next year.

“I’m hoping to study dance and theatre but I do hope that I will get noticed in America by one of the dance companies.

I’m still not sure where I will get the funds for the trip. I’m planning a few fund-raising events but I really need to be there,” she said.

Giyose said the call that announced her selection is one of the highlights of her budding dance career.

“After we finished performing, they told us that we can go to our rooms and that we would receive a call if we made it.

Her mother, Phathiswa, said: “We thought it was just a hobby but as time went by we saw that she was quite serious about dancing. I have seen her perform in front of crowds and I am confident that she won’t get stage front oversees,” she said. Giyose can be contacted: esethugiyose@yahoo.com

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