“I’m so happy, I can’t even believe it – I was terrified but from now on I can see that I have what it takes, and I can do it. I just have to believe in myself, working on myself, interacting with people, attending more dance workshops and rehearsing more,” a delighted Tshwenyego ‘Matty’ Kobola said after winning the Polokwane Regional Qualifier for Red Bull Dance Your Style.
Red Bull Dance Your Style is the largest individual street dancing competition in the world and South Africa’s top street dancer will represent South Africa in the World Finals to be held in Mzansi in December.
Girl power has definitely taken over the Red Bull Dance Your Style stage as Matty now joins the list of incredible women in this competition who will be performing at the National Finals on October 22 in Pretoria.
“There are always fewer women in dance competitions, even here in Polokwane it used to be, but I’m happy to now be able to meet and learn from Shanny J and Sne.”
The stakes for that top spot rise after each stop as dancers continue to show off their greatest skills and the diversity of dance styles that best showcase the richness of South African dance. Despite the challenge of dancing to the unpredictable music that DJs such as Tha Cutt and Courtnaé Paul play throughout the one-on-one battles, the dancers give their all and leave it all on the dance floor.
Hosted by Elly The Entertainer, the qualifying tour kicked off with a presentation by Polokwane tour dancers – Netflix dance teacher and choreographer Jiva Thlogi Molefi and City Boys pantsula maven Spikiri, who demonstrated the rules of street competition leading -headed. Abisalom, winner of the Red Bull Dance Your Style Johannesburg 2021 qualifier, and the revered Limpopo Boy were also among the touring dancers who held workshops in preparation for the main event.
Dancers and spectators from all parts of Limpopo flocked to the Mall of the North in Polokwane to be part of this epic moment of victory as Matty, 21, from Bochum cut to the chase presenting various styles of dance through amapiano, qhom, sbujwa, house, whacking and pantsula.