Dance is not just a hobby for 19- year old Sizwe
Nombuso Asanda Dlamini
The lights shine and all eyes on him as he spins to “gqom” music on stage. The crowd roars its approval as he moves with the beat and finally does his signature move “flying fish”.
It is just the end of another work- day for teenager Sizwe Mpanza.
At 19, the young teenager is the youngest member of the dance group Homo Sapiens, which is well known for its flaming dance moves. The dance group has danced for well-known celebrities including Sparks Bantwana.
“For most people dance is just a hobby, they dance for fun. However, to me it is a passion, a profession. The sound of music triggers a movement in me and for that reason I cherish every moment on stage.”
In 2013, when the new sound of “gqom” music had hit the waves. Sizwe fell in-love with it and started dancing to it at the age of 15. A few months later, a music artist by the name of Mzee Vocalist saw Sizwe on the dance floor and was impressed with what he had seen. He approached him and requested that he becomes one of his dancers. Filled with excitement, Sizwe agreed and the deal was sealed. At that time, he was still in grade 12.
His parents had concerns that he would fail his matric because they felt that dance would somehow interfere with his studies, but Sizwe rose against all odds and passed his Matric with Bachelor’s pass.
In 2015 Sizwe enrolled for a B.Com Accounting Degree at The University of KwaZulu-Natal where he met two guys who also had the same passion for dance as him. They formed the group, Homo sapiens. In August 2015 they entered UKZN talent and won first place. It was then that they got recognition.
“It is quite amazing that at the age of 17 I was already sharing the stage with some of the biggest artists in South Africa such as Danger from Big Nuz, Felix Hlophe, Dj Thukzin from West Ink and many other well known artists.” he said.
“I have performed in one of the biggest events in Durban, The Durban July Mother of all parties.” The event is hosted annually at Kingspark Stadium and is attended by the likes of Dj Tira, Distruction Boys , Dj Sox and many more.
Sizwe has also been featured in Sparks Bantwana’s music video on his “kuth angkhumule” music video.
Not only is the young star recognised by artists in the music industry but even clothing companies approach him in attempt for him to be an ambassador for their brands. He recently signed a deal with Mr TAS and is officially an ambassador for TAS clothing
“Sometimes I miss being a regular teenager because it’s not easy juggling dance with school work. The life that I have chosen for myself demands that I become extra careful with managing my time. However, time management is a skill that I have developed so I am doing fairly well with my school work and my dancing career is also not affected at all.” he added.
In 3 years the talented Sizwe sees himself as a successful dance choreographer with his own school of dance.
“My love for dance keeps me going, even after a hard day or a disappointing one.” He said. “I just think about my love for it and remember that it’s my dream. Dance is very demanding, and you have to be a strong person to take the criticism and hard work.”