Cameron Erasmus and Ignatius Pastor’s dream of travelling to Netherlands to participate in the Hip Hop Unite World Championships could remain just a dream.
That is if they do not raise enough money to travel.
For the duo, dancing is their first love and when they are on stage, they forget about all the worries of the world, and live in the moment.
They have been fortunate enough to win a local qualifying competition twice thus far. Winning allows them access to the competition in Netherlands in October but a lack of funds could result in them not heading there.
They each need R20 000 which, according to them, will only cover travel expenses. This amount does not include visas.
The Portlands duo, whose stage name is CI Ethos, says they have been the reigning title-holder for South African colours twice but could not travel previously due to lack of funds. That is why they are appealing to any good Samaritan to make their dream become a reality.
CI stands for first letters of their names and ethos refers to the positive ethos they live by as dance partners.
Pastor says dancing, for him, is not just passion but a tool to help the youth.
He is also the co-founder of Set For Dance, a registered non-profit organisation that does community arts events.
“For me, it is purely about the community, it is about helping children who do not know they can make it in life. I want to help them realise that there is a possibility to do more things than all the negative around them,” he says.
Pastor and Erasmus are part of a group of other dancers from other representations in South Africa who are due to head to Netherlands.
Erasmus says dancing has been something she loved from when she was young.
“Dancing takes me out of my comfort zone. I also love the fact that with it you can use music to free emotions,” she says.
About their upcoming trip, they say they are ready and are confident that they will do well. They are not certain as to what the prize will be and for them, it is not just about the prize but about making the experience and learning all there is to learn.
Wishing them all the best is Judy Rhodes, chairperson for Set For Dance. She described the duo as hard workers who give every performance their best.
“My dream is for them to go out on the world stage and represent not just Mitchell’s Plain but South Africa,” Rhodes said.
She further describes Pastor as a passionate dance who does not like short cuts.
“With him, if you do it (whatever it is), do it right. He always weighs the options and chooses the best. He is a go-getter,” she describes.
On the other hand, she describes Cameron as a “softie” who remains quiet, but the minute she climbs the stage she becomes great.
“She is a very disciplined dancer and she shines on stage,” says Rhodes of Cameron whom she also described as “world-class”.