Cowan House pupil, Irish dance champ

2017-10-18 06:03
Sbongakonke Maphumulo (left) and his Irish dance teacher Erin Tracey.PHOTO:supplied

Sbongakonke Maphumulo (left) and his Irish dance teacher Erin Tracey.PHOTO:supplied

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HE didn’t know what was his talent was until he began dancing.

Sbongakonke Maphumulo, a Grade 7 pupil at Cowan House, was recently crowned a South African Irish dance champion at the Irish Dance Championships in

Sbongankonke, who has been dancing for three years under the Tracey Academy of Irish Dance, said he did not expect to win, but is happy his hard work paid off.

“When I started dancing three years ago I didn’t know I could dance. I was trying everything because I wanted to discover my talent, which I found is actually dancing. Since then I have fallen in love with it.

“I was surprised when I was announced the winner because there were many people participating. I am going to continue dancing even after leaving Cowan House because it is my talent, and I love it.”

Sbongakonke’s Irish dance teacher Erin Tracey described him as the “South African Michael Flatley”.

“I heard he has not stopped dancing. He practises every day. He skips and jumps everywhere. I am ecstatic with what he did in the competition.

“He is an inspiration to dancers and athletes around the country. The amount of hours he has put in is incredible. He is a very gifted child and deserves this.”

This is the second time he has competed in the competition - last year he was a
second runner-up.

She said they hope to send him to the world championships at a later stage.


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