Hip hop takes on pantsula

2018-05-02 06:00

The latest dance competition in South Africa is coming to Bloemfontein, taking place at Music Kitchen in Ella Street.

This annual hip-hop versus pantsula (HvP) dance competition, Club10HvP, is the platform where the latest sounds such as Babes Wodumo’s “Wololo” will meet Nasty C’s “Hell Naw”, Gqom vs Trap as hip-hop and pantsula dancers.

They will compete for the prestigious HvP best dance crew title.

The competition is hosted by the Club10 Tavern in proud association with Amstel, Johnnie Walker and Viceroy Brandy. It presents the most distinguished HvP dance clash to kick off with auditions on Friday (04/05) and the final on Saturday (05/05).

The HvP dance competition is aimed at contributing to the development and support of the dancing community and draws dance crews from all over the country to compete.

The competition will give dancers, their supporters and the public an opportunity to attend a concert lasting for four hours, featuring the best dance talent Bloemfontein has to offer.

The winner walks away with a R10 000 cash prize, plus the opportunity to feature in a music video and an exclusive workshop with Lorca Cooper.

The participant in second place receives a cash prize of R5 000 plus the chance to attend a workshop. The participant in third place receives R2 500, plus workshop attendance.

“Club10 Tavern is a brand that is proudly South African and is the fastest growing tavern brand in the country. Not only do we want our 500 (and counting) members to be proud of the Club10 Tavern brand they are associated with – because of the value we bring to their business – we want to engage with patrons by giving back to the communities these taverns are entrenched in,” says Elaine Botha, Club10 brand manager.

“Providing platforms like the HvP competition, where South Africans can showcase their talent and perhaps get their first big break doing what they are passionate about, is one of the ways we’re achieving this.

“We have partnered with brands like Amstel, Hunters Edge, Johnnie Walker, Tovaritch and Vodacom, who want to celebrate what South Africans are passionate about. Teaming up with Kan Communications who are managing the project, this is an exciting dance competition we all are proud to be part of,” says Botha.

“Hip-hop and pantsula dance have been part of our lives for many years and have survived the influences that have taken over its music,” says Kenna Mahlangu, co-founder of Kan Communications and the creative director of the Club10HvP competition.

“Both these dance styles have grown and are now influencing different spheres of our lives. We hope it (the competition) will contribute to the deve­lopment of these dance forms.

“We look forward to seeing various great crews with fresh moves at the HvP finale.”

Celebrity guests include Vukani Khoza, owner of African Child Dance Studio, who is a renowned instructor and choreographer, and has danced and choreographed for local and international superstar acts. International award-winning hip-hop dancer and choreographer Delta the Leo will also be present.

Guest judges at the finale are Lorcia Cooper, multi-talen­ted choreographer, dancer and actress, and pantsula legend Scelo Xaba. Their presence is proof that HvP is a dance competition of international standards, says Mahlangu.

The finale host will be Ntombi Mzolo, singer, television presenter, actress and Metro FM DJ. The line-up of performing DJs are Tukie, Stokie, Morgan, Tshepo, Dwight and Sfiso.

Participants will have an opportunity to get tips from international dancers and choreographers.

No under 18’s are allowed. Tickets are available at the door at R50.

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