The best of the best among Pantsula dancers will come together for the Dlala MaPantsula Festival 2012 at the Soweto Main Theatre on Friday and Saturday December 7 and 8 from 11am onwards to compete for the right to be crowned king among the Pantsulas.
During a recent two-day audition, the jury had the difficult task of choosing 20 Pantsula crews to take part in the Soweto Dlala MaPantsula Festival 2012.
Pantsula, coined in the townships in the 1950s, originally referred to a style of dress but soon evolved into a cultural expression and later into a dance form. By the 1980s, Pantsula dance was a means of expression for many; it is now a firmly established dance-discipline which forms a vital part of community life and provides employment for the youth. Essentially, Pantsula is non-verbal story-telling, street-sign language, S’camto body poetry.
A grand prize will be on offer to the fleetest footed Pantsula as the dancers go about their quick-paced and acrobatic swaying, stomping, crouching and spinning.
* Entrance is free, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to see all of the best crews on one stage. Doors open at 10.30am and the competition is expected to last until 5pm. Call 011 930 7461 for more information.