TWO young dancers are going from the streets of Port Elizabeth’s townships to the dance halls of Blackpool in England, where they will compete in an international Ballroom and Latin dance competition.
Partners Maqocwandile Cuba, 14, of Zwide and Amila Skepe,13, of Motherwell will not only be representing Nelson Mandela Bay, but also the country.
Cuba, who started dancing in 2009, said he was excited about the competition.
“I cannot wait to represent my country overseas. Hopefully, we will make them proud and come back with the winning trophy,” he said.
Amila’s mother, Shamalady Skepe, said Amila started dancing in 2011.
“I could not believe it when we were told that they had been chosen to go and compete in England,” she said. “Competing in England will give them a chance to network with other international people.
“This could be an opportunity for an international dancing career. I am very proud of them and I know they will do us proud. They are not doing this for themselves or Port Elizabeth. They are doing this for the country.”
The dance couple’s Ndoni Dance Academy dance teacher, Thembinkosi Ndoni, said he was very proud of them.
“These two have been competing at national events and they are the only ones invited from South Africa to go and compete in England in Ballroom and Latin American dance,” he said.
“It is also great to see students from our academy competing internationally. I hope this will open many doors for them.”