Dancing making a difference

2019-11-28 06:00
United Township Dancers during one of their performances.

United Township Dancers during one of their performances.

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Aself-taught Khayelitsha choreographer, Mthuthuzeli Galela (31), is giving back to the community by sharing his dance skills with young people from the area.

Affectionately known as Stoan, Mthuthuzeli started United Township Dancers dance school in 2014.

His love for dance started at a young age and that kept him busy over the weekends and away from bad habits, he said. As a child, he said he loved watching music videos and he would impersonate all the dance moves.

At the tender age of 11, Galela said he realised that he could make a living out of dancing. “The money I earned from dancing I used for buying bread and gave some money to my family,” he said. So, he opted to introduce dancing to the children from around the community to show them that they can make money and enjoy themselves while staying away from bad things.

Galela said he has been getting a lot of support from the community. A lot of parents love what he does and want their children to join his school, he said.

Like any other organisation the school has its fair share of challenges. “My biggest challenge so far is the fact that I do not have my own place to teach dancing to the children. As as a result, I can’t take in big numbers,” he said.

He said he would love the world to see their talent because they have a unique dance style. And he would also love to own a dance studio one day.

“I always wanted to be an international choreographer and I would love to be one in the future,” he said.

Tomorrow, Friday 29 November, they will be hosting dancers in Khayelitsha where they will exchange their skills and prepare for a dance-off challenge which will be held soon.

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