DANCE2FAME ROCKS USHAKA
By: Chanelle Lutchman and Michelle Haripersadth
Ten crews entered the Ushaka Marine World last weekend with only one goal in sight … to walk away as the winning crew at the end of the day.
The “d2f” or Dance2Fame event reached new levels when dancers from the Dance2Fame competition surely broke a few laws of physics with their exceptional stunts and dancing technique.
Dance2Fame is a dance event that revolves around dance crews in Durban who showcase their talent and compete for a grand prize. The official launch of the event was on the 22nd June 2013.
Crews such as Survivors, Glitchbots, Proscenum and many more competed in the event and wowed the crowd. The show was hosted by Julia Estelle and Hype man Haeze and also included a guest performance by SA’s Got Talent’s Season 3 top 6 finalist, Luke Greyling.
The audience went crazy when Greyling started his performance. “Dancing is a way for me to express myself, God has given us a talent and its how we express it and give it back to God. I’m here to show people what I do and inspire them,” said Luke
Calvin Clinton, an organiser of the Dance2Fame campaign said, ”There have been a whole lot of shows happening in Durban however there have been a lack of dancing events. We wanted to give Durban dancers a chance to showcase themselves so they won’t feel the need to relocate to Joburg or Cape Town. Our only aim was to showcase our love for dance. We have been working with Ushaka for three years but this event is the launch of the Dance2Fame Campaign that will be an ongoing event each month. Our main sponsors are Red Bull and Ushaka Marine World and we look forward to seeing more dancers attend the event as the months go by,” Clinton said.
An excited face in the crowd, Deon Mathenjwa said, “The show is awesome, the dj is wow and this is literally the best show. The crews are very organised and their hard work has paid off.”
At the end of the day there could only be one crew as the winner and that spot went to the Survivors Dance Crew, a crew residing in Inanda, who not only danced brilliantly and entertained their crowd but also creatively fused different genres and various fun dance steps together.
“We started dancing as a crew recently and put our years of experience together. Dancing is about enjoyment, when you dance you must enjoy yourself and people must enjoy watching you,” said a member of the Survivors Dance Crew.
According to the Dance2Fame website, “The event is mainly focused on crews. We wish to present dance to all age groups in a clean and professional manner. We want professional companies, the government and personal to pay more attention to this art form and Inspire a new generation of dancers that are interested in our exquisite art.”
Dance fans are encouraged to follow the organization on twitter at @dance2fame for latest updates on the show’s guest appearances, competitions and prizes.