“Lindo” dances his way to world stage

2018-10-18 06:03
Lindokuhle Makanda practising ballet dance while he was in San Francisco. PHOTO: Lindokuhle Makanda

Lindokuhle Makanda practising ballet dance while he was in San Francisco. PHOTO: Lindokuhle Makanda

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Growing up in a township or in a big family didn’t stop Lindokuhle Makanda from fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional dancer.

The 24-year-old, from Nyanga East said it never crossed his mind that one day he will be a superstar.

Makanda said he started dancing at age nine for Dance for All group at Walter Teka Public Primary School in Nyanga.

He said he started performing traditional dance and later join the ballet.

“A few weeks after joined the group, my dance teacher Hope Nongqongqo, asked me to join the ballet. I wasn’t comfortable because I was too big at the time,” he said.

Makanda said they used to practise from Monday to Thursday.

“I become serious during matric year in 2012 in Zoneblom Nest high school in Woodstock. But at the time, the group was already relocated to Athlone,” he said.

Makanda said in 2014 he received a scholarship from the Dance for All company to study Diploma in Performing Arts at Cape Academy of Performing Arts School in Tokai.

He said he danced for both Cape Dance Company and Darkroom Contemporary.

“In 2017 I attended the Alonzo King Lines Summer program in San Francisco in Calfornia.

And early this year I received another scholarship which was for six months from The New Ballet company in San Francisco,” he said.

Makanda added that while he was in San Francisco, he danced for the Robert Moses Kin Dance Company and toured with the company in Nevada in the United States.

Makanda, who is currently under the Darkroom Contemporary Company performed at Baxter Dance Festival in Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch last week. The company exists as a vehicle to reimagine dance as art.


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