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All set for hip-hop dance contest

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All is set for the Battle of the Year (Boty) dancing competition that is on Saturday at the Harare International Conference Centre.

The winning team will take part in the Boty world championships slated for France on November 19.

Jibilika Dance Trust holds the Boty licence in Zimbabwe and they have been at the heart of promoting the development of local hip-hop dance culture for the past years.

Its initiatives have seen it taking the showcase to various platforms from school, college to national level status.

Sikhanyiso Mlambo, artistic manager of Jibilika Dance Trust, told NewsDay that he was satisfied with the preparations done by House of Stone, a group that is representing Zimbabwe in the Boty dancing competition which is a hip hop break-dance culture.

“I am satisfied by House Of Stone’s preparations ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) Battle Of the Year dancing competition that is involving seven African teams, Immortal Stars (South Africa), Nigeria, Flava Kings (Mauritius), Fusion Force (Algeria), Lhiba King Zoo (Morocco), Flava Army (Tunisia) and our own House Of Stone,” said Mlambo.

“I can confirm that Zimbabwe’s representatives are raring to go. They are ready for the battle.

“My appeal to those who can make it to the venue is that they should come in their numbers and witness the talent we have in our country in terms of hip hop break-dance culture.”

Mlambo said Zimbabwe had the talent but the major drawback was the issue of support and sponsorship within the arts industry.

John Cole who is the choreographer and creative director at the Zimbabwe National Dance Team (House of Stone) said their aim was to qualify and get the chance to battle it out at the finals in France.

“Our aim is to win the event, so we are working very hard to win and put our nation on the record in terms of break-dance culture for the first time,” said Cole.

Boty is an annual international b-boying series event that began in 1990 and creates space for globalisation at the bottom, bringing people together across the barriers of geography, language and race.

The Boty finals in 2000 held in Hannover, Germany, had the largest audience, with 10 000 people watching the finals.

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