BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
PRESIDENT of the Dancers Association of Zimbabwe (DAZ) Hapaguti “Hapaz” Mapimhidze, has urged local dancers, both female and male, to be disciplined and conduct themselves professionally to earn respect as professionals in society and the showbiz industry, respectively.
Hapaz’s call during his address at this year’s edition of the annual DAZ awards ceremony in Harare on Wednesday came amid reports that a new crop of “extremely immoral” dancers had invaded the dancing scene.
“Dancers, we must behave. Let’s behave so society will respect us as professionals while on the other hand people should treat dancers with respect and discard the mentality of regarding dancing as associated with immoral behaviour,” he said.
“Discipline is one of the important aspects if you are a dancer. Without it, you will certainly not get any awards. You can be good, but without discipline you will never go anywhere. I want to thank Devine Assignments, run by arts promoter Biggie Chinoperekwei for supporting dancers as well as giving them platforms at his different clubs to showcase their talents since 2010.”
He said the winners were chosen by professional adjudicators in a transparent process based on merit. Hapaz said as DAZ, they valued professionalism in their endeavour to protect both male and female dancers from various abuses and assist them in times of need.
“As dancers, you should be professionals and register with the National Censorship Board as well as the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe so that you can be legal professional dancers, just like police officers, solders as well as other professions,” he said.
Hapaz advised dancers not to be abused by “fake” promoters, saying they should stick to their dancing profession.
“As dancers, you must not be used to wash people’s cars naked by promoters or save drinks in nightclubs; know your post. I once saw a poster advertising car washing with names of dancers on it and when I interrogated the organisers, the event was cancelled,” he said.
Hapaz also urged local dancers to be united and shun unnecessary disagreements in order to grow the fledgling industry.
“As dancers, I urge you to be united. You must not be jealous of each other if you are to be successful in this industry,” he said.
It was a night of exceptional dance displays by a star-studded line-up of performers that included Wasu and her Syndicate Band, Zoey, and her Red Angels and Apama.
Below is the list of the winners
Best dance group: All Stars
Best sungura dance group: New Generations
Best kwaito dance group: Magesh Tornadose
Best pole dance group: Hot & Bling
Most disciplined dance group: Unique Queens
Best dressed dance group: Fireworks
Most consistence dance group: Apama
Most versatile dance group: Five Stars
Most innovative dance group: Pramastove
Best rhumba dance group: Thandie & Dynamites
Best acts dance group: Pramastove
Best male dancer: Paul “Macheso” Madhara (New Generations)
Best female dancer: Fredda “Thandie” Nhamo (Thandie & Dynamites)
Best rhumba female dancer: Violet Chirimudondo
Best rhumba male dancer: Tendai “Tindo Ipupa” Mukwindidza (Sexy Angels)
Best kwaito male dancer: Tinashe “Tinz” (Magesh Tornadose)
BEST acts performer: Loveman Kadzumure (Pramastove)
Best Choreographer Male Dancer: Tapiwa “Thabo” Jim (All Stars)
Best choreographer female: Jestina Chimbize (Unique Queens)
Outstanding female dancer: Violet “Kimberly” Chirimudondo (Unique Queens)
Outstanding male dancer: Calton “Werra” Matope (Crowd Pullers)
Most promising pole dancer: Kimberly Mugoma – (Hot & Bling)
Most promising rhumba male dancer: Prince “Shikito” Jombe (Thandie & Dynamites)
Most promising rhumba female Dancer: Victoria Ruzvidzo of Vicky & Royalties
Dancers promoter of the year outside Harare: Boniface Nyamanhindi (Club Mandisa)
Best dance group out of Harare: Star Light Musica (Norton)
Dancers manager of the year: APAMA (Manager)
Honour certificate (contribution to the pole dance): Zoey Siphelani
Dancers Association of Zimbabwe ambassador: Beverly “Bev” Sibanda
Best sungura male: Azwell Nyandoro
Best sungura female: Precious “Wasu” Makwame