A passion for dance

2017-03-28 06:02
Inchanga dancer Dylan Botes and partner Katherine Anderson at ‘Shall we Dance’. Photos: supplied

Inchanga dancer Dylan Botes and partner Katherine Anderson at ‘Shall we Dance’. Photos: supplied

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INSPIRED by dance and the way it makes him feel, Inchanga dancer Dylan Botes has pursued many genres of dance.

His dancing career started at the age of 10 with Latin American and ballroom being the first genres he learnt.
Thereafter he moved onto hip-hop and break-dancing and began teaching himself fire dancing, which he has been doing for four years.

Eventually Botes took on ballet, modern, contemporary and tap and uses his free time to master his dance moves.

He says his love for dance started as child as his parents were dancers. 
“As a child, I would always go watch them take dance classes. This is what sparked my love for dance and one day I asked if I could start dancing.

“I started taking group classes as I didn’t have a partner, but as soon as I found a partner [Madison Bromfield], we started competing and went on to win the South African championships and earned many first-place medals.”

Botes said as a child he was unsure about what he wanted to do when he grew up, but knew that whatever he did, he must love it.

“I’m now planning to dance on cruise ships for a couple of years when I finish matric. After that I want to become an entrepreneur as I have always looked up to successful business people like JT Fox and Richard Branson as role models.”

Botes says he is lucky to have a supportive family.
“My family support my dancing wholeheartedly and are always at my shows and competitions.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for their love, support and commitment and I truly owe everything to them.”

Describing himself as driven, Botes says he is most proud of his determination and willpower.

“In dancing I have won many competitions and done many prestigious shows like Shall We Dance and multiple studio shows. I have done Latin and ballroom demonstrations at schools and in competitions. When I come off the cruise ships, I want to compete in So You Think You Can Dance in America.

“I recently started a company for fire dancing called Nuri Arts where you can hire fire dancers like myself to perform at corporate functions, house parties, weddings, and so on, which is to help fund my dance dreams.
His message to the community is: “Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve them. If there is enough passion and love for something in your life, then nothing can stand in your way.”

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