WATCH | 'Dancing is life': Local choreographer from Lavender Hill crowned SA's best

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  • Lyrical Deezy was recently crowned as the best choreographer in South Africa.
  • The 28-year-old didn't let his surroundings keep him from pursuing his dreams.
  • Carolissen has been invited to Reunion Island to host dance classes as part of his prize.

Densley Carolissen, popularly known as Lyrical Deezy, knows how to bust the proverbial move. And he has an award to prove it.

He was crowned South Africa's best choreographer at the Global Dance Supreme award show in March.

The 28-year-old dancer said he was surprised when he beat four other nominees to clinch the title.

"This is major; it's a major blessing to be recognised by my country. I have been putting in work over the years, and it's humbling to be recognised for that," Carolissen told News24.

A panel of his peers from around the world elected him as the winner.  

The 28-year-old grew up in Lavender Hill, Cape Town, but Carolissen never let his surroundings deter him from achieving his dreams.

He added:

Being in that space, you are not encouraged to follow your dreams. It's so easy to become another statistic. Falling in love with dance allowed me to overcome my surroundings.

As a boy, Carolissen was inspired by Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and later by dance movies like You Got Served. In Grade 7, he took up hip-hop dancing with a group of friends. By the end of his high school career, he switched to being a choreographer. 

"I always knew I wanted to be a choreographer. When I saw the avenues dance can take you as a professional, it reaffirmed my decision," he said. 

Today, this esteemed choreographer owns and runs a dance studio, teaching classes to all ages.

Densley Carolissen
Densley Carolissen, popularly known as Lyrical Deezy, during a dance class.
News24 Bertram Malgas
Densley Carolissen
Carolissen was named South Africa's best choreographer.
News24 Bertram Malgas

Carolissen will now be travelling to Reunion Island where he will host dance classes at the Cre'art festival in May this year - as part of his prize. 

"Being recognised internationally has been a highlight for me. It has always been a dream of mine. I am humbled by all the doors that have opened for me. God is making stuff happen for me."


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