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Young Sebatane, Mangiroza steal the show

Hip-pop dancing, contemporary dance, modern jazz, break dance, salsa, dance hall and Afro-Caribbean were what many night crawlers witnessed when Alliance Fran¨aise hosted a dance battle in Gaborone last Friday.
By Staff Writer Wed 22 Apr 2015, 05:44 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Young Sebatane, Mangiroza steal the show








 
More than 15 individuals took to the stage as they all were given a chance to perform their solo acts to win the audience's approval and cheering so as to proceed to the next round.These contestants were of different ages and genders.The judging for the first round was determined by the amount of cheering and noise the audience made when the name of the dancer was called out, but if it happened that the cheering was the same then the judges had to cast votes. 

At the end of all the acts and performances only three dancers were left to battle it out for the top two slots.After doing what they do best and captivating the audience with break dance with a fusion of dance hall, the two dancers who impressed the judges and audience more were 14-year-old Tlokweng Secondary School student, Rotlhe Sebatane, and 19-year-old Tinashe Mangiroza, who goes by the stage name 'Gecko'.

The two dancers, who are both Hip-Pop dancers, proved that they are versatile dancers who can style any type of dance to any type of music.They both brought in their unique styles of dancing thereby creating a show that had the audience's full attention. 

Even though in the end Gecko finally walked away with the title and prize, the judges said they were impressed with Sebatane's dancing and encouraged him to pursue dancing as a career as he has much potential."I think you should befriend Gecko from now on and learn from him and his group as they are the bigger guys in dancing because I see you outshining them in the future," said one of the judges Tshepiso Koosimile, a dance teacher at the newly formed studio called Kweneng Studio.

The other judges, who were also impressed by Sebatana, were Olebogeng Gare and Moratiwa Molema.Gare, who teaches dancing at Kweneng Studio, encouraged him to hold on to his rare gift and cherish it while multi-media artist, Molema, advised the young lad to include interacting with his audience while performing as it could add more points to his amazing dancing.

Gecko walked away with a one-month deal of practising and perfecting his craft at Kweneng Studio and other amazing prizes from Alliance Fran¨aise. Sebatane also won himself a two-week voucher for dancing classes at Kweneng Studio.



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