Top dancer to leave a legacy

2016-06-28 14:59
A passionate and energetic 23-year-old from Westridge holds the title of number-one dancer in Cape Town. Following the title, Carlisle Marshall competed in an international competition in Croatia in May where he took fifth place.

A passionate and energetic 23-year-old from Westridge holds the title of number-one dancer in Cape Town. Following the title, Carlisle Marshall competed in an international competition in Croatia in May where he took fifth place. (Samantha Lee)

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From Cape Town to Croatia, a Westridge man is making waves with dance.
Carlisle Marshall (23), recently took fifth place in an international dance competition with his skillful dance moves.

“I started dancing when I was six years old and I was most inspired by my father (Tino). He showed me how to warm up and choreograph a sequence and also how to stand out and be unique,” he says.

Marshall says it was during this time that he learnt to set himself apart from the rest and adapt to different styles.
“I can’t explain why I like dancing. The best way I can describe it is as if I am in a relationship and I can’t say why. It’s the passion that makes me feel whole and at peace. Dance also gives me an alter ego to express myself for the person I am inside,” he says.

Marshall majors in hip-hop as his chosen genre.
“I see hip-hop as an umbrella to many other dance styles,” he says.

Marshall dabbled in many different styles but says nothing other than hip-hop has peaked his interest.
It is his love and commitment to the sport that recently saw him rewarded with top accolades for the craft.
Having won the title of Best Male Talent and taking top spot as Cape Town’s Best Senior Soloist at Dance Star SA last year, Marshall earned his spot on a team representing the nation in an international dance competition held in Croatia in May this year.

Marshall took fifth place at the World Masters Dance Star.
“For me personally, people tell me it is a huge achievement, but I am still grounded and not much has changed. It was a life-changing experience and I look forward to entering again, but knowing I am Cape Town’s number one is enough for me,” he says.
“Being named number one gave me the boost in confidence that I needed to believe in myself and further my craft.”

The talented young man is not only an inspiration on paper, but strives to live that through paying it forward.

Marshall is in the process of completing an international dance instructor qualification through the Daphne Jubber School of Dance and plans to open a dance school called Urban Legacy Dance Studio.
“I feel like this is the peak as a solo artist and now it is time to give back and leave a legacy, hence Urban Legacy,” he says.
The school will be open to people from all dance backgrounds. Anyone from six years old and all skill levels is welcome.
The school will be run from Zone Fitness Westgate Mall and registration will run every Saturday from 2 to 23 July between 13:00 and 15:00.
For more information, email Marshall on slickmarshalldance@gmail.com or like the Urban Legacy Dance Studio Facebook page.

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