Chit Chat: Khabonina Qubeka

2012-05-11 10:16

What makes a good dancer?
Passion, love and respect for the craft.

What attracted you to dance?
Its sexiness.

When I realised how freeing dancing was and how unrestricted I felt when I danced, I knew it was for me. I express myself in every way through dance.

I’m in love with dance.

I wanna marry dance.

I wanna have its babies.

Is it true that dance helps in the bedroom?

I imagine it does, simply because you learn to get in touch with your body’s contours and every curve.

You learn to love, enjoy and understand how your body moves, and you know how to carry yourself.

Now, if you know how to carry yourself, then it’s easy for you to let another person carry you.

Who do you regard as the greatest dancer of all time, and why?
Any Alvin Ailey dancer.

Mr Ailey touched all the spheres of the dance world.

He was a dancer, choreographer, actor and director who founded this very successful dance company, Alvin Ailey, in New York.

So, dancers who come from this company and school dance with all their hearts and they understand that there is no limit.

You can do anything.

What are the challenges facing dancers today and how are you dealing with them?

Dancers today lack the true purpose of dance.

Don’t get me wrong, they dance beautifully, their limbs are extended and their arches could cause an earthquake.

But I don’t see or feel the passion, facial expression and confidence when they perform.

So with my ‘Kha’bodacious Moves’ dance classes, I drill in the fire, passion and pain of dance.

Have you stopped acting?
That’s like asking whether I’ve cut off my thumb.

I could never stop acting, even if you paid me to stop.

I was recently involved in The Table, an amazing Naledi Awards nominated theatre production.

But now I have just landed the biggest role of my life yet as Maxine on M-Net’s The Wild.

Which do you regard as the best dance craze ever to hit South Africa?
The Macarena, not only in South Africa but the world too.

Is there a dance move you can’t do?
At first I wasn’t able to do the hlokoloza, but now I’m the Queen of Hloki.

You must come see me gooi it.

Would you encourage youngsters to take up dance as a career?
Of course yes, but not on its own (in South Africa) because we still don’t have enough systems in place to mould a dancer, groom them and give them opportunities.

So, rather study choreography, study the history of dance or different dance styles so you can be a dance teacher.

Study production so you can produce, direct and shoot, or even execute a dance show.

Not many people can really shoot a dance show and get the sequence and phrase in one flowing shot.

That’s why I’m hands-on when it comes to directing those shots and editing them on Step Up or Step Out.

What opportunities are there?

Not many, but study other areas of dance and create your own opportunities.

What makes Step Out or Step Up such a good show?

That’s the illest show in the country right now.

It gives South African dance crews an opportunity and a platform to grow.

Just seeing the characters and artists grow and glow is enough.

What do you bring to the table as a judge?
The show already has it all.

Besides pandemonium, I bring an element of passion, which I hope rubs off on to the dancers so they can present passionate sequences every week.

What would you change about the show?
I would make more of the episodes live because what we, the judges, get up to behind the scenes is the actual show.

What awaits the winner at the end of the show?

The beginning of their careers.

What do you do to let your hair down?
I swim, dance, do spinning and Bikram yoga, and I love to read.

I’m also a Readathon ambassador and I run a project, Book Club with Khabonina, with primary school learners motivating them to read not because they have to, but because they love to.
How would you like to be remembered?
As the one who did it her way.

Engraved on my tombstone will be, ‘I did it my way’.

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