Sne Mbatha on her dance career

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When did you realize you had a passion for dance?

Wow, when I started going to a dance studio, Dance Direction International in Durban and got my first pay cheque with them lol I was young so it was young money.

Who would you say has given you a kickstart in your dance career?

My mother, because she’s a very strict “academic forward” parent but she went the extra mile of finding a dance studio where I can find more discipline in my craft.

How does it feel being part of a big campaign by Nestle?

People don’t realize how BIG Nestle/Nescafé is. It’s such an amazing and dream fulfilling feeling, to see that your talent is being recognized by such a global brand! I always think of George Clooney even though it’s not the exact brand but it’s under the same division I think. I feel like I could go overseas and have people shouting “Sne Mbatha! The choreographer from South Africa! Congratulations! Teach us more”, then, “flash flash flash” goes the cameras lol.

What element will you be bringing to the campaign?

I want people to push themselves beyond what their mental limits. I’m here for that! I want Dancers to realize how great they are. That as a normal human being you have unlocked the ability to put your body and life at risk of injury or being jobless (because in our country, dancing doesn’t fund us that well) but we still wake up in the morning to live our dreams. I refuse to give up my God given talent. I will ride and die with it. I want people to see that anything is possible, who ever thought such a major brand would approach me.

What are you currently working on?

Besides the campaign I have a few projects lined up. People have asked me for this for almost 8 years. I can finally put my mind and energy to it and work on it. I will be hosting dance classes soon. I’m still in the works and process with my manager and team.

Care to share your future plans with us?

I’m mainly working towards changing the system in the South African Arts and Culture. There’s too much talent but not enough support and this drives people to give up their dreams. If our own government can support us at the same level as any other department, things would be different. Here’s to the next generation of dreamers.

 

 

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