One, two, step

Grab those danc­ing shoes and hit the stage – Stumbo Stomp is back for more pantsula foot­work.

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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.

IN TUNE

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.

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