Dance 2 Inspire: fighting Aids with hip-hop and dance

2011-11-29 00:00

FINDING exciting and pulse-raising ways to spread the word about HIV and Aids to the youth is the strategy that makes the Dance 2 Inspire campaign a success.

Organised by a non-profit organisation, Youth of Choice, the campaign uses dance contests, talent concerts, skills development workshops and school outreach tours to educate young people about safer lifestyle choices.

On October 8 local hip-hop dance crews battled it out, with 11 crews making it to the grand finale at Winston Churchill theatre on December 3.

FHM magazine finalist, model and former Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High school pupil Lucky Mthembu will be a member of the celebrity judges panel on the day.

She said that although the campaign is about having fun it also has a serious element.

“The great thing about this initiative is that it engages the youth through hip-hop and dance, which is part of their culture. This makes the awareness message around HIV and Aids more powerful because it is in the language that the youth understand. We are the future generation, the disease is alive and dominating our lives, but we have the power and the means to protect ourselves so we should use them,” she said.

Other celebrities booked for the day are SABC2 youth show Qbase 28 presenters Raphael Griffiths and Tshego Malepe and local rapper Abdus, who will be performing songs from his album The Library, which is due for release next month.

“I will be performing my single Wow for my fans in Maritzburg who have shown me a lot of support. I believe that music is a powerful tool when it comes to addressing the youth. A lot of young people are uninformed about issues and music can be as educational as it is entertaining,” said Abdus.

The winner of the Dance 2 Inspire campaign dance hip-hop competition will walk away with a R4 000 cash prize and an appearance on eTV’s hip-hop show Shiz Niz. For more information visit


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