Dancer wins ImpACT award

2015-11-11 06:01
DISTELL’S Rupert Hermanus with Letlhogonolo Nche, the 2015 ImpACT Award winner for dance.  Photos: Supplied

DISTELL’S Rupert Hermanus with Letlhogonolo Nche, the 2015 ImpACT Award winner for dance. Photos: Supplied

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NORTHERN CAPE dancer Letlhogonolo Nche has put the province on the map again with his passion.

Earlier this month this young choreographer was announced by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) as the 2015 ImpACT award winner for dance.

The 2009 Moving into Dance Mophatong (MiDM) graduate is the first recipient of this accolade, which has just been added to the four existing categories, namely Theatre, Visual Art, Design, and Music and Singing.

Nche started working as a freelancer and has taught at companies such as Virgin Active South Africa as well as working with schools such as Pabalelo Primary School and Olehile Secondary School, while continuing to perform the MiDM’s repertoire, choreographed by world-renowned choreographer Gregory Maqoma.

Nche became a choreographer under the Youth Choreographers Professional Development Programme, facilitated by Alfred Hinkel and John Linden. It is through this programme that he was selected to choreograph works for Dance Umbrella in 2013 and 2014.

His first Dance Umbrella piece was Battle Field, followed by the 2014 choreography of Violence My Foot.

Nche was the founder of the Northern Cape Dance Pages, a dance festival established in partnership with the Mayibuye Dance Academy in 2013.

Through his teaching, guidance and mentoring, the independent dance coach, who works with the youth at the Mayibuye Dance Academy in Kimberley, has seen several dance students realise their dreams of furthering their studies in performing arts.

Nche believes that being honoured with the prestigious award has given him the courage to continue working on his craft and never lose focus.

“Through the sweat, blood, tears – and sometimes lack of support in my career – the love and passion I see in the youngsters I teach have kept me going.

“I hope and believe that this accolade will open many doors for me.

“One of the biggest highlights is being acknowledged for what I do, even though I don’t come from a major city, which has always been a challenge on its own,” he said.

The 2015 ImpACT Awards are presented in partnership with the Distell Foundation and Sun International.

The ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented in partnership with Nedbank Arts Affinity, Media24 Books, DALRO, JTI, Creative Feel Magazine and Samro.

Each winner will receive a cash prize of R2 000, a certificate, a spread in Creative Feel Magazine worth over R30 000, and additional PR opportunities that will be generated through the ACT Awards.

ImpACT Award recipients will also receive ongoing backing from ACT in the form of promotional support in their professional careers.

Other ImpACT Award winners are Jessica Denyschen, POPArt, Lindiwe Maxolo, Laurie Wiid van Heerden and Benon Lutaaya.

Through the sweat, blood and tears, the love and passion I see in the youngsters I teach have kept me going.

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