Local teaches moves overseas

2016-03-08 06:00
Stefan Benting left the country for an exchange programm and he says he is excited to show others his moves.

Stefan Benting left the country for an exchange programm and he says he is excited to show others his moves.

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Stefan Benting (24) from Lavender Hill has been invited by the city of Stockholm and B-Girl Daisy in Sweden to teach and participate in a cultural exchange. He will spend more than a month in Sweden sharing his skills and learning from the Swedes in turn.

Benting left for Sweden yesterday. Though it’s his second time going to Sweden he says he is nervous, but more excited about seeing his friends. Above all, he looks forward to the workshops he will be doing as well as the cultural exchange.

Benting says he is over the moon about this new opportunity.

“It’s a big thing for me. I’m looking forward to teaching them different dance moves ... breakdancing, gumboot dance among other things. My strongest message to them will be not to see the difference but see how far we have come and the similarities brought by all the dance moves.”

His mentor Emile YX? says he is always glad when the people he works with get such opportunities.

“I’m very excited. It’s about going there to learn how they do things and he will come teach others here as well. He will share what he learns with the other generation.

“He is going there and it will be winter he will get the shock experience of his life but he will learn,” Emile jokes.

Eleven years ago Benting saw a performance of Black Noise at Lavender High School, when he was invited by Emile to attend a free breakdancing class at the Cape Flats Developmental Association (Cafda).

He remained dedicated to his passion. After completing his matric and being unable to study further, he asked Emile if he could work for the Heal the Hood project.

Five years ago, Emile started his second Heal the Hood practical school called Mixed Mense. He invited four young men from Lavender Hill to learn from the daily struggle of being an artist in Cape Town.

Emile first taught them how to teach what he had taught them. He then encouraged them to write their own stories and created opportunities for them to record their songs, create a video, participate in a plays like Mixing It Up, Ons Bou, Break and Stomp. They also got to tour with Emile to Khoisan communities throughout South Africa.

Two years ago they formed part of the Black Noise performance collective that was staged in the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.

The Heal the Hood project just secured funding from Unga Ornar (“young eagles”) of Sweden for the next four years. This will ensure that Benting will have employment for the next four years after returning from Sweden.

Heal the Hood will focus on passing on its participants’ knowledge, with the help of Benting and other facilitators, to learners.V Schools interested in participating in “project create” can contact the Heal the Hood Office on 021 706 0481 or info@healthehood.org.za.

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