#ArtFor20 by Slabsta.

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“As an upcoming artist it is very hard financially but because art is meant for everyone I want to share it and #Artfor20 is my way of doing it.” – Slabsta

Share your art with us for only R20. Submit any artwork (Writing, Music, Fine Art ect…) that you would like to share on all our platforms for promotion and a good cause. The R20 proceeds are used to purchase a meal which will be donated.

Submit your artwork to: Artfortwenty@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Pop and Lock your Hip Hop.

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Dance is a language on it’s own, filled with many expressions. Hip hop dance on the other hand is the epitome of freedom.We sought to find out more about what it really takes to make it as a hip hop dancer, from Chris “Icetruth” Banza, he is a two time champion of Dance Empire, he won second place at the Morocco hip hop dance competition 2016, and he is currently working for dance studio.

 
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What should you know when starting to learn how to dance hip hop? “Well it is important thing is your passion, you have to have to be ready for hard work and commitment. When you start don’t be conscious just do your thing”.

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What does it take to be a dance and physically do it well, are there any exercises that one can can do to prepare themselves.”Physically one needs to be fit because dance requires physical strength, you can start doing exercises like running, running helps your feet get stronger, so they’re strong enough to support your body as you move, it also helps you balance. Skipping also helps your feet become faster and lighter on the dance floor”

For starters, learn the basics of Hip Hop which are the main styles.

Breaking; breaking includes four foundation dances: toprock, footwork-oriented steps performed while standing up; footwork performed with both hands and feet on the floor; freezes, stylish poses done on your hands; and  complex and impressive acrobatic moves.

Locking; locking looks similar to popping, and the two are frequently confused by the casual observer. In locking, dancers hold their positions longer. The lock is the primary move used in locking. It is “similar to a freeze or a sudden pause.”

Popping; this  is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in a dancer’s body.

To be a hip hop dancer you have to be versatile, try and learn all the sub genres of the dance as much as you can. Visualize yourself as a great dancer.  With that being said, the key to being good at anything is to apply yourself, commit to it, and love it.

So go forth and dance.

Watch this cool dance video of Chris  -> Hip Hop Dance by Icetruth

“Tap is all about rhythm.”

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“You have to have Rhythm. Tap is all about rhythm.” After watching Gianina (a first year film student at Wits) perform an exquisite tap routine, I can see what she means about the importance of rhythm in tap dancing. Her dance career is an integral part of who she is and a testament to the hard work she has put into it. She’s so good in fact that, she had the amazing opportunity of taking part in the world championships.

“I started Modern and tap when I was 5 and I stared ballet when I was 6. My mom was a dance teacher, actually, as her first profession so she just put me in dancing. And I remember how I started off—my teacher was in a little bowling club in the area that I live in… So it was little smoky, tiny little hole that had a bar- singular- on the wall and I just remember that very clearly.”

Gianina’s account of her first dance experience is one that shows that although there is something inherent about being able to dance, everyone has to start somewhere. She goes on to speak about how during that first lesson she knew absolutely nothing, which is hard to believe when you see her now.

For interest’s sake, I asked Gianina and a Friend of hers- and dancing partner- Carla, to debunk some of the stereotypes that people often have about dancers. For one, dancers aren’t always as bitchy as they are believed to be. Gianina and Carla recall having met some of the most beautiful people in their dance studio and how they are all so supportive and close knit. Gianina points out that some of the more “bitchy” dancers have helped her not only to grow, but also to build a thick skin and an everlasting resilience.

Carla adds another stereotype: “People assume that you’re not supposed to eat or anything.” So we now know that dancers do actually eat and Gianina points out that food is one of her passions, and so, something she could never go without. I find it interesting to point out these stereotypes because it’s important to realise that while dancers share a similar passion, they are still individuals, with their own unique experiences.

I managed to learn a lot from the girls but I really love how they both think about dance as a thing that’s not all consuming. “[Dance] is not my whole life,” Gianina says, “It’s just an element of who I am. I am not ‘a dancer’, dancing is something that I do.” I appreciate this humble approach because there is so much truth in it: that as an artist, your art is just an element of who you are, not something that is all defining.

Before they left I asked the girls to share some final thoughts with me, some inspiration and “words of wisdom”- for lack of a better phrase. They chuckle slightly at my clichéd end of interview question. They pause before saying how dance boils down to just going out and doing it. Gianina marks the importance of how although dance is a highly technical thing, it’s not all about the technique, it is also about just letting yourself go and being able to perform rather than just doing a series of steps. “Dancing is like anything” she states, “If you actually put your head down and if you’re determined– if you work really hard at it, you can be phenomenal.”

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Written by Nomsa Fakude

Photography by Sameera Soorjee Photography

Tango, the Art of Dance and Desire.

 

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The lights are dim, there is dead silence. We come together into a neat hold, and adjust our shoulders to hold our line. He clasps my hand and pulls me in closer, then rests his other hand on the arch of my back and leans in to dip me to the side. The opening pose alone, sends chills down the spine.

El Tango De Roxanne starts to play. The sharp strings of the violin serenade the air and force us to action. Slow, slow, quick quick slow… the basic tango sequence. We lock eyes in between steps and hold a gaze with the pause of the music. We begin another quick succession of steps. The power play has begun. The tango is a dance of desire, seduction, love, jealousy , aggression which fuses into an explosion of passion. It is love and hate on the dance floor. When at its best it’s like walking in on a steamy session of passion between lovers .

The tango takes you through the extremities of all emotions, and forces you to practice control in all your movements on the dance floor. It means moving smoothly but sharply too, always being alert! The music stops, we break our hold. I have to seduce him- a sinister sway of the hip lures him in. He regains control through his tight grip and sharp movements, He hoists me into the air and puts me down into a side step. We move sensually across the dance floor and slow down into a lunge step. I slide down lower and up quicker into a gancho. The rest of the dance is filled with gasps, pauses, embraces and ends in a soft panting.

The beauty of dance lies, in its ability to tell a story solely through the language of the body. It is an art form where the stomping of a foot, or a sway of the hip demands power. It is in the intimacy of understand each other without having to say a word.

If you want to go on the ride of your life, try the tango!

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Written by Kea Mooka

Photos by Sameera Soorjee Photography