His distinctive ‘bone-break dancing’ infused with an Afro-pop street dance style captured the hearts of crowds during the energy-filled leg of the regional qualifying tour which took place at the Suncoast in Durban. The city’s best street dancers have turned out in droves to compete for a spot to represent Mzansi at the World Finals in December in South Africa.
Hosted by Elly The Entertainer, the qualifying tour kicked off with workshops led by Sherwin, Malondy G, King and Diddy Mayanda. This was followed by the one-on-one qualifying rounds which showcased various styles of movement as the dancers competed for an unpredictable musical selection curated by DJ extraordinaire Tha Cutt.
The ultimate battle saw Diddy ‘Fada’ Mayanda go up against 17-year-old hip hop dancer Samantha Southwood who was thrilled to be part of this experience.
I had a lot of fun and happier to have met new dancers, I’m happy to have had the opportunity to show that the girls can do any style of dance they want, even when you face different big strong boys.
“Sam was my biggest challenge. Last year I competed with Sam knocking me out of the competition, but today I came out on top and I’m very happy about that. Thanks to Sam for maintaining it this year,” Mayanda said.
The Durban champion will join Johannesburg qualifier winner Sne alongside five other regional tour winners from Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Gqeberha, Cape Town and Pretoria, where these top street dancers will compete for the national title of winner of Red Bull Dance Your Style 2022. .