Hop­ing to dance their way to global star­dom

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SOYISO MALITI

A POP­U­LAR city dance group is set to com­pete in the World of Dance com­pe­ti­tion in Joburg to­mor­row.

The Un­tim­i­tive Dance group will be strut­ting its stuff along­side 20 other dance groups in their team di­vi­sion at the na­tional qual­i­fiers at Gold Reef City. It’s the first time that South Africa has hosted the com­pe­ti­tion.

Rudi Smit, the group’s chor- eog­ra­pher, said they found out about the con­test via so­cial me­dia. They had to com­pile a two-minute rou­tine for the re­gional qual­i­fiers.

Smit reck­ons the group, which was es­tab­lished in 2012, has a good chance to make it to the fi­nals.

“I think we have a very strong pres­ence when we’re on stage to­gether. I think the au­di­ence can see the de­ter­mi­na­tion and the pas­sion when we dance to­gether.” Amer­i­can pop star Jen­nifer Lopez owns the TV rights to the com­pe­ti­tion, and the judges in­clude lo­cal celebrity chore­og­ra­phers Sipho Didiza and Lor­cia Cooper.

Un­tim­i­tive is com­pet­ing in the team cat­e­gory against 20 other groups.

The fi­nals will take place in Los Angeles.

PIC­TURE: SOYISO MALITI

Un­tim­i­tive Dance’s John Ris­pel, Rudi Smit (chore­og­ra­pher), Pru­dence Ja­cobs and Matthew Power will com­pete in the World of Dance in Jo­han­nes­burg.

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