After a stiff battle among the country’s top five biggest dance groups, Harare-based nine-member group, Zina, won Zimbabwe’s Finest Dance Group competition at 7 Arts Theatre on Saturday night.
The highly energetic and flexible clan with one outstanding female dancer walked away $2 000 richer together with a trophy and the title “Zimbabwe’s Finest Dance Group”.
In second place was a group of masked dancers called Real Flex. The Flip-Floppers certainly and excitingly “flip-flopped” their way to third place and both groups were awarded with certificates.
“We are going to have one more finale on August 6 where the winners are still going to be selected from the final five teams that competed on Saturday night,” said competition director Adonis Muronzi.
Muronzi said those who succeeded in the August challenge would win $4 000 and would also go to New Jersey, United States, to participate in the World hip-hop Competition next year.
Zina group members proved to be real acrobats as they displayed their well-choreographed dance moves in their first routine act and finally in their challenge act which ran under the theme “Prison.”
They wowed the audiences while others screamed for more as they, in their hip- hop routines, told a story about how life was like for prisoners in a typical New York prison while the other five groups performed fairly interesting prison acts in their own unique ways.
Although the Bulawayo-based group Break Equation, and another one called Gravity did not make it to the top three, they certainly deserved to compete in the final battle as they both showed zeal and strength in their moves.
“I think Gravity or the Flip- Floppers deserved to win the competition although Zina and the rest of the dance groups were amazingly great.
“It was certainly a battle of stiff competitors,” said a rather disgruntled member of the audience.
It was not only some members of the audience who showed disgruntlement, but also members from the group Real Flex, who had won certificates, were seen tearing them as soon as the winner was announced.
“Zina was well-choreographed and also had very flexible bodies compared to other groups that seemed to lack a bit on the choreography part and in the near future, I would love to see them collaborating,” said James Mangwende, a hip-hop music fan.
Members of the sizeable audience that was made up of mainly teenagers kept screaming, ulutating and clapping their hands in appreciation the various performing acts.
As the night progressed, the suspense over who would walk away with the big prize.
“This is more than just a mere dance competition to us, but also a way of reviving the hip-hop generation by improving dancing skills in Zimbabwe. We are going to be conducting dance workshops as well,” said Muronzi.
He said all proceeds would be for charity through Let’s Give Them Hope, a charity organisation that deals with orphans as they felt the need to improve the lives of the less privileged.