Michael Jackson’s choreographer can teach you hip-hop

Bhudda Stretch, who worked on Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time video.Picture: Supplied
Bhudda Stretch, who worked on Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time video.Picture: Supplied

One of the continent’s biggest dance events is happening over the next two weekends. Called Global Dance Supreme, it’s an extravaganza of workshops, battles and performances, with internationally renowned choreographers from the United States and France flying down for the occasion. Among them will be Monsters of Hip Hop alumni Candace Brown and choreographer Bhudda Stretch, who worked on Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time video.

New Yorker Buddha Stretch has worked with the likes of Rosie Perez, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat. He also worked with Will Smith in the Men in Black and Miami videos, but he says his most memorable moment was with Jackson.

Stretch is hosting a hip-hop workshop this Sunday at 9.30pm at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg, and says he’s keen to experience the local dance scene.

“Music is the universal language; dance is its interpreter,” he told us.

Among the workshops offered will be a jazz funk session by renowned local choreographer Rudi Smith (the man behind the Me Too dance video that went viral last year); a krumping class by the US’s Spartan; a breaking class by France’s BBoy Lilou; a popping class by France’s Marie Poppins; as well as a pantsula class by local dancer Sello Modiga.

These classes are open to all ages and come at a reasonable price – R300 for one workshop, R550 for two workshops, and R750 for three workshops.

Global Dance Supreme culminates September 13 to 16 at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg with a South African qualifier, an Africa Dance Championship and an Inter-continental Dance Championship.

More than 1 500 top dancers from 20 countries will compete, with a grand prize of R150 000 on offer.

The best performers who come from the South African Championship will represent South Africa and qualify for the Inter-continental Dance Championship. Dancers of all styles and ages are eligible to participate in the qualifier, which takes place on September 13 at the Walter Sisulu Hall.


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