About 2 000 spectators watched as Soweto’s Soulistic Fusion Trio claimed first prize in the Red Bull Beat Battle on Saturday night at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown.
The event celebrates local street dance, from B-boying to pantsula and everything in between, with each crew bringing their own unique flavour to the competition and lighting up the stage.
The judging panel included acclaimed choreographers Somizi Mhlongo, Lorna Maseko and Lorcia Cooper.
“There are no words to describe how we feel right now,” said Blessing Dlamini, founder and crew member of Soulistic Fusion Trio, who pipped Cape Town’s Ninja Turtles to the title.
“We are so overwhelmed with joy and so happy all our hard work paid off. We definitely brought it, and we’re excited that the judges and the crowd noticed.”
The night started off with a tribute to fallen friend and dancer Prince Mofokeng, who passed away from cancer earlier this year. His crew – Shakers and Movers – were part of the inaugural Red Bull Beat Battle in 2011.
Cooper, an acclaimed dancer, remarked: “This was my first Red Bull Beat Battle and I was completely blown away. Round after round, the dancing just kept getting better.”