Luke’s got talent … and a message

2012-09-05 00:00

LIKE the Paralympians amazing the world with their sporting abilities, 15-year-old Pietermaritzburg resident Nhlanhla Luke Greyling-Nxele is keen to show South Africans that nothing is impossible.

Despite having spinal muscular atrophy, which means he is unable to use his legs, the teenager has been wowing SA’s Got Talent judges Ian von Memerty, Shado Twala and Kabelo Mabalane with his dancing ability.

His mother, Jennifer Greyling, had been surprised and thrilled by his dancing ability, even though he has been breakdancing for seven years.

He said: “My mom had never seen me dance before, so she was really emotional.”

Inspired by movies like the Step Up franchise to take up dancing, Luke uses his upper body and the support of chairs to perform on stage and said he was keen to use SA’s Got Talent as a platform to send out a positive message.

“It’s always been my dream to be on the show, not just for the experience, but also to get my ‘dance to inspire’ message out to people. I believe that whatever you put your mind to, you can do it … no one can put you down.”

The Grade 8 Maritzburg College pupil, who made it through the pre-audition phase of the competition in Durban, hopes that SA’s Got Talent will open doors to the local entertainment industry.

“It’s a great way to get my message out, but I don’t want to leave it there … My dream is to go overseas and to spread my message around the world,” he added.

• To see Luke Greyling-Nxele’s performance, tune in to SA’s Got Talent on at 8.30 pm tomorrow night.

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