Local dancers off to Zambian fête

THIRTY performers from Jibilika Dance Trust will for the first time participate in a two-day battle with Zambia’s finest dancers at a competition hosted by Street Culture Festival which begins today in Lusaka, Zambia.

BY ANESU MUSHAWATU

Jibilika Dance Trust dancers performing recently

The dance competition will cater for five categories namely krump, new school, B-boys animation and Afro, where the winners in each category will pocket K500 ($50) prize money.

The academy’s programmes manager Vera Chisvo told NewsDay Life & Style that although the team was not participating in the other two categories, they were confident they would scoop prizes in three of the categories.

“We held both online and offline auditions in June. Although we did not have dancers who were auditioned for the other two categories, hundreds of dancers from all over Zimbabwe applied to be a part of this festival,” she said.

“We unfortunately had provisions of food and accommodation for 30 dancers only, but the team is well-prepared and we are confident they will bringZ the prize home because they have been practising for close to two months now.”

She said some of the dancers would do solo battles while skaters from Skate Zimbabwe will also take part as the organisation worked with the Jibilika Dance Academy.

“We are also excited that two of the instructors from Jibilika Dance Academy, Blessing Fire and Sylvester Shoniwa will be hosting a post-festival hip-hop and B-boy workshop in Zambia before returning to Zimbabwe,” she said.

Founded in 2011 by Kapembwa Siame and Elijah Zgambo, Street Culture Festival is an urban fiesta featuring skate-boarding, music and dance.

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