‘I get so much joy from bringing an idea to life’- Nkateko ‘Takkies’ Maswanganye


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How did you get introduced to dancing?

I was always surrounded by music. Mom loved working with choirs and my late dad was South Africa's marketing guru in the music industry. I knew how to follow a beat. My mom tried to take me to ballet class with no success because I wanted to do something really cool. So I used to copy dance moves from music videos from artists like Michael Jackson and Missy Elliot. So at the age of nine I decided to take it seriously. A lady started hip-hop and modern classes at my primary school and I was sold from day one.

Did you study dance in varsity?

I didn't go to varsity to learn about dance. Instead I attended the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and well-known studios in Los Angeles to better my craft. Soon after that I started working and the rest is history.

You got introduced to Mzansi through reality TV, was that a plan to break into the industry?

My first TV gig was when I was 17 when I entered Shield Teens Dance Competition, and that was followed by So You Think You Can Dance? Doing these two shows put me out there. If the shows weren't filmed I’d still be there standing in the front row ready to do what I love.

How did Rocking n Heels come about?

Rocking n Heels started in 2013 and took me a year to conceptualise. I've always wanted to start a dance class but I didn't want it to be ordinary. I wanted to change lives and make a difference. I'm very passionate about women loving themselves and feeling good. So I wanted to incorporate all that in my class and it was a success. My company is in so much demand and I'm so grateful because it brings me a step closer to changing someone’s life.

What do you love about being a choreographer?

I get so much joy from creating and bringing an idea to life. I also love working with people from different backgrounds and learning something new each time with each project.

We heard you’re getting married. Congratulations! When is the wedding?

The wedding is this year on 5 August. YAY!

What else are you currently busy with?

At the moment I'm getting ready for the Bush Fire Festival with Chris and Bacardi in Swaziland. The wedding is keeping me very busy. There’s a Rocking n Heels tour coming up and more private lessons.

Takkies has done a short workout dance routine see the video below:

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