Audiences are always gob smacked by this electric, up beat and rhythmic performance. Discover the many rhythms of the human body! Gumboot dancing is a century old tradition, which originated during the mining era of Johannesburg, South Africa. Miners communicated with each other by slapping their boots and stomping their feat while drilling and digging hundreds of metres below the surface. Back at the township they used this technique to entertain each other, giving birth to the gumboot dance. Dancers wearing gumboots, create rhythms by slapping boots and bodies, using voices and stamping their feet. Creating a visual rhythm that is both rhythmically unique and powerful.
A township dance that started in the early 1960’s in the shabeens of Sophia Town. The dancers dress in t shirts, trousers and sneakers and dance to the kwaito rhythms of South Africa. Our sessions comprise of music making, cultural heritage and experiencing the magic of rhythm. Performances are used for informal and social functions, boosting and building group energy including the audience and entertaining them right until the end of the show. The range of possibilities are only limited to the imagination.
Sophiatown, also known as Sof’town or Kofifi, is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. Sophiatown was a legendary black cultural hub that was destroyed under apartheid, rebuilt under the name of Triomf, and in 2006 officially returned to its original name. Sophiatown was one of the oldest black areas in Johannesburg and its destruction represents some of the excesses of South Africa under apartheid. Despite the violence and poverty, it was the epicentre of politics, jazz and blues during the 1940s and 1950s. It produced some of South Africa’s most famous writers, musicians, politicians and artists.
The Kofifi dances are dressed like the 1940’s and perform to the swing type music as they did in shebeens and bars in the their era.
Zulu Warrior Dancers
The Impi warriors wear traditional tribal gear and exude a sense of honour and bravery. The warrior presence is felt strongly throughout this stampeding and powerful dance. Ladies are dressed in attire made of beads, making a rustling noise with every movement of their bodies. The bright and flamboyant colour adds contrast, injecting a sense of joy to the performance.
The Xhosa’s are members of the South African people traditionally living in the province of Eastern Cape. Theyform the second-largest ethnic group in South Africa after the Zulus. The traditional essence of the dance transcends the element of fun by matching situations, ceremonies, and actions with the different types of dancing. Traditional practices such as marriages, funerals, harvesting, and initiation are accompanied by special dances that convey their value and significance as understood within the tradition.
A Tswana is a member of a southern African people living in Botswana, South Africa, and neighbouring areas.
The Tswanas dance usually mimics that of a wild animal by stamping with cocoon ankle shakers, clapping their hands and blowing of whistles.