Two local dancers are ready to dazzle the world when they represent South Africa in the United Kingdom (UK), at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, next year.
Siphosethu Gojo (25) from Nyanga and Mthetheleli Dlakavu (28) from Khayelitsha cannot wait to fly out of the country after their initial trip was cancelled earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If all goes according to plan the pair is expected to leave the country in May and return in July.
They were selected from a group of hopefuls after successfully applying to be part of the festival.
“I am over excited to go and represent Artscape, Jazzart Dance Theatre and South Africa,” said an ecstatic Gojo. “I want to show my true Africanness through my dance. I am also ready to learn about other cultures from different countries.”
To ensure they do not miss the trip the pair received their jabs.
Gojo said they were ready and had already been “fully vaccinated”.
Dlakavu told City Vision he could not believe he was selected for the programme. “It is like a dream to me, because I thought I wasn’t going make it. Now I’m happy and excited to go and work hard to represent my country, my dance academy, Artscape and myself,” he said.
An over-the-moon Dlakavu said it will not be the first time he is travelling overseas, and believes this will be a “nice experience to go and explore the beauty of art in other countries.
“I feel so amazed and super-excited to work and exchange ideas with other artists from overseas. We are so excited about going to represent our country, and we promise to make South Africa proud.”