Dance star Damon

2018-10-16 06:01
Damon Newton in action in the local leg of the Dance Star world finals last weekend.

Damon Newton in action in the local leg of the Dance Star world finals last weekend.

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When Michael Jackson died in 2011, six-year-old Damon Newton insisted his mom let him watch the King of Pop’s funeral.

“We constantly have music playing, so Damon was always dancing to something. From little he was always the one showing us his new moves at family get-togethers. Michael Jackson was his idol. Damon was almost four when Michael Jackson passed away. He was devastated – he insisted on watching the funeral,” says mother Linzi Newton.

Now, seven years on, Damon is poised to go to Croatia in May next year after winning his way through the South African leg of the Dance Star competition last weekend.

Dance Star is an international dance competition held in Croatia every year, where dancers from around the world come to showcase their talent and compete for the title of world champion.

  • He has been dancing at the for the last three years and is excited at the prospect of expressing his talent on a world stage.

“What attracted me was the way I felt while I was dancing. I felt like I was on top of the world performing for friends and family. The aspect I love most about dance is the fact that I can express myself while doing something I love,” he says.

Damon is grateful for the opportunity his parents allowed him in pursuit of his fledgling dance career which has led him to this journey to Croatia.

“I am looking forward to a great experience in Croatia … meeting world famous dancers, and learning from them. I really would like dance to get me into big businesses and I would like it to take me far in life. I would say if you have a dream, go for it, and do not let anybody tell you otherwise,” he says.

However, getting Damon to Croatia does not come without its challenges and his family has set up a Facebook page as well as a Go Get Funding page in order to raise funds in time for the world finals in Croatia.

Meanwhile, his mother proudly remembers the first time she saw Damon dance in a school play.

“At the end a parent asked if he does dancing, which he wasn’t at that stage. I then asked if he would like to start hip-hop … and it all started from there. The next day I registered him at Jodie Jackson Dance Centre in Grassy Park. Damon has a true passion for dance. You can see it each and every time he is on that stage performing. All I wish for him is to continue to love the sport. and go where it takes him, and to take every opportunity possible to make his dream come true,” she says.

Damon has entered numerous competitions over the years, even managing a second place in April’s Battle of the Giants solo section for dancers between 12 and 15 at Sun City.

“The Dance Star qualifiers were a different ball game though. It was his first time competing in this competition and first choreographed solo piece. The sacrifices the kids made to make sure they get in enough rehearsal time – sometimes losing their weekends – all so very worth it,” adds Linzi.

“Damon’s hip-hop teachers, Jodie Jackson and Caylum Hughes, choreographed his dance piece. Out of 40 kids in their section, five children from JJDC qualified, with Damon qualifying in the Urban Styles Solo Section B League. They went in for the experience and came out qualifying, which was a super proud moment.”

V To make a donation to Damon’s Go Get Funding account, go to gogetfunding.com/getting-damon-to-croatia/. All information regarding fundraising will be linked on the Facebook page. To assist or find out more, email Linzi at linzi.s.­newton@gmail.com.

When Michael Jackson died in 2011, six-year-old Damon Newton insisted his mom let him watch the King of Pop’s funeral.

“We constantly have music playing, so Damon was always dancing to something. From little he was always the one showing us his new moves at family get-togethers. Michael Jackson was his idol. Damon was almost four when Michael Jackson passed away. He was devastated – he insisted on watching the funeral,” says mother Linzi Newton.

Now, seven years on, Damon is poised to go to Croatia in May next year after winning his way through the South African leg of the Dance Star competition last weekend.

Dance Star is an international dance competition held in Croatia every year, where dancers from around the world come to showcase their talent and compete for the title of world champion.

  • He has been dancing at the for the last three years and is excited at the prospect of expressing his talent on a world stage.

“What attracted me was the way I felt while I was dancing. I felt like I was on top of the world performing for friends and family. The aspect I love most about dance is the fact that I can express myself while doing something I love,” he says.

Damon is grateful for the opportunity his parents allowed him in pursuit of his fledgling dance career which has led him to this journey to Croatia.

“I am looking forward to a great experience in Croatia … meeting world famous dancers, and learning from them. I really would like dance to get me into big businesses and I would like it to take me far in life. I would say if you have a dream, go for it, and do not let anybody tell you otherwise,” he says.

However, getting Damon to Croatia does not come without its challenges and his family has set up a Facebook page as well as a Go Get Funding page in order to raise funds in time for the world finals in Croatia.

Meanwhile, his mother proudly remembers the first time she saw Damon dance in a school play.

“At the end a parent asked if he does dancing, which he wasn’t at that stage. I then asked if he would like to start hip-hop … and it all started from there. The next day I registered him at Jodie Jackson Dance Centre. Damon has a true passion for dance. You can see it each and every time he is on that stage performing. All I wish for him is to continue to love the sport. and go where it takes him, and to take every opportunity possible to make his dream come true,” she says.

Damon has entered numerous competitions over the years, even managing a second place in April’s Battle of the Giants solo section for dancers between 12 and 15 at Sun City.

“The Dance Star qualifiers were a different ball game though. It was his first time competing in this competition and first choreographed solo piece. The sacrifices the kids made to make sure they get in enough rehearsal time – sometimes losing their weekends – all so very worth it,” adds Linzi.

“Damon’s hip-hop teachers, Jodie Jackson and Caylum Hughes, choreographed his dance piece. Out of 40 kids in their section, five children from JJDC qualified, with Damon qualifying in the Urban Styles Solo Section B League. They went in for the experience and came out qualifying, which was a super proud moment­.”

V To make a donation to Damon’s Go Get Funding account, go to gogetfunding.com/getting-damon-to-croatia/. All information regarding fundraising will be linked on the Facebook page. To assist or find out more, email Linzi at linzi.s.­newton@gmail.com.

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