MAKING his debut in a dance movie is a dream come true for Emile Jooste – especially after he missed the Port Elizabeth audition.
The 23-year-old was selected for a role in Pop, Lock n Roll after winning a Bboy competition in East London on Saturday.
And now he will star in what is being labelled as South Africa’s biggest dance movie.
After he missed the Port Elizabeth event, Jooste rushed to East London to try his luck.
He battled it out with dancers from East London, King William’s Town and Grahamstown.
“I went there and asked if I could audition in East London. I needed to make sure though that I made a success of it.” He said securing a role in the movie was a life-changing moment. “It means that I can now fulfil one of my goals.”
The film revolves around a former Bboy dancer (breakdancer) who works as a tour guide. One night his old crew asks him to dance with them during a gig at a club. He then falls in love the club owner’s wife.
Jooste said while dancing was not his first love, he never regretted hanging up his rugby boots. “When I first saw my friends breakdancing I fell in love with it. I haven’t looked back.”
He is part of a crew called Psyko-Souljahs, which is based in Schauderville.
“We are a group of six members who grew up together. We’ve been travelling around the world as well.”
The crew has been to Scotland, Reunion Island and the United States.
While he did not know what role he would be playing, Jooste said he could not wait for the film to be shot in July.
The producer of the movie and owner of Mandela Bay Pictures, Mayenzeke Baza, said the film was likely to be shot in Port Elizabeth.
To view Jooste’s dance video clip search “Bboy flame” on YouTube.