Written By: Ntombozuko Mtlomelo
It is true that your background does not determine your future and this statement defines this group of young people from the dusty streets of Kagiso in the Westrand. Not even the sky is the limit for these are young stars from disadvantaged homes who broke all boundaries when they handed in documents to be part of the Dance World Cup in March this year, which resulted in the group being chosen to represent South Africa in Germany this month.
Hosted by Dance World Cup South Africa, the competition gives young amateur dances an opportunity to compete against some of South Africa’s top dancers, which then puts them in the running to be part of the South African dance team that gets chosen to compete at the annual Dance World Cup Finals in Germany. Their hope to get to Germany however lies in the hands of sponsors.
Dubbed Esikangwane Dance and Theatre Creation (EDTC), the group focuses on discovering, developing and the promotion of new and existing artistic talent around previously disadvantaged communities around Mogale City, West Rand, Gauteng and national. The organization has established pioneering programs that are used as the tools to bring change in communities.
Speaking to The Christian News, founder and CEO of EDTC, Sam Moeketsi said that although these young people have participated in many competitions over the years, this is the great opportunity with some of the members flying for the first time. “Traditional dance is not really valued in South Africa but it is what got us this far. It is still unbelievable that we were awarded with best entertainment” he added.
Performing in Germany is not all that’s in store this year for this group of hopefuls. The EDTC will also be performing at the National Arts Festival, South Africa’s biggest arts gathering, which will be held in Grahamstown Eastern Cape in July.
Another goal of the group is to increase fulfilment in life through contribution to the old-age and children homes, to the church and to provide employment for the youth. “Most of all, we want our members to be financially stable as they are volunteering in this organisation,” Sam concluded.