One, two, step
Grab those dancing shoes and hit the stage – Stumbo Stomp is back for more pantsula footwork.
Stumbo Stomp Season 4 Wednesdays (from 7 June) SABC1 (*191) 18:00
The search for the best Pantsula dance crew returns with season 4 of reality competition Stumbo Stomp (2014- current). With the animated dance style taking lead, the crews bring their best moves to the stage in front of the nation and returning presenter Busiswa Gqulu. “It’s all about precision. Pantsula isn’t just about dancing, it’s a lifestyle and the dancers bring their A game,” explains producer Samantha Moon. As in previous seasons, each episode sees three acts going head-to-head. The winner grabs R20 000 cash, as well as a spot in the next round where they can double their prize. “These contenders aren’t amateurs looking for their big break. They eat, sleep and breathe Pantsula and pit their talent against dancers who have practiced every hour of the day,” adds Samantha.
IN THE BLOOD
And don’t think that the crews aren’t taking this “gameshow” seriously, says presenter Busiswa. Samantha adds that “they arrive at the set styled and ready for action. It’s not just about the money and championship belt. These guys want to showcase the Pantsula culture.” Busiswa gets involved too and jokes that she’s “practically part of the crews”. “She’s constantly twirling and throwing her dance moves with teams and the next minute she’s laughing with the audience,” says Samantha. The teams will also get weekly advice from singer and judge Kelly Khumalo and will work with choreographer Vusi Mdoyi to add that finishing touch.
While the dancers try to steal the show, the competition creators put in the same effort to win the Pantsula nation’s heart. Samantha says that “we work closely with the teams to keep their culture alive. This is because we want to remain authentic while entertaining and inspiring the nation about these competitive dancers”.
Singer and judge Kelly Khumalo lends a helping hand too. Presenter Busiswa Gqulu has fun with the teams.