Contemporary dancer seeks funding

Sfiso Chiliza, a contemporary dancer, needs funding to go to an audition in Florida, America. (Supplied)

IN South Africa, it is said that contemporary dance is performed by artists with fire in their bellies – dancers who don’t tiptoe around when it comes to taking free-form flight.

They do it as if they are feeling the vibrations of Africa’s ancient energy underfoot, these performers are skilful interpreters of the meaning of movement and know how to best express this to the delight of eager audiences.

The South Coast has an aspiring contemporary dancer, Sfiso Chiliza, who has scored himself a chance to entertain an audience in Florida, America on July 28 this year, but he needs a major cash injection to get to Florida for his audition.

Sfiso, who is 26, was born in Qinabout, Gamalakhe, which is where his love for dancing started. He was one of the five finalists for the Summer Heat Competition which was hosted by Gillian Habib and Vicky van Jaarsveld who offered the finalists auditions at Disney Studios.

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“When I got the documentation saying that I had an audition in America, I was so excited about going, but I got discouraged when I thought about leaving because I don’t have the means to get to Florida. I need people who will assist me in paying for my flight and accommodation. Without a doubt I will nail this audition and get the role,” said Sfiso.

He is also aware of the rare chance of actually finding financial assistance, but he still prays for a miracle.

“I know very well that I might not get the help that I want, but as much as I am prepared for the worst case scenario, I am still praying for the best. I started this career by doing gymnastics. I was very good at back flips as well as high jumps and that paved the way for me to be a contemporary dancer. I would really be happy if someone could hear my plea,” he explained.

Sfiso needs a lump sum of R75 980 in total before March 30 and he urges anyone to contribute whatever they can.

He mentioned how he had tried and failed when entering for dance competitions like So You Think You Can Dance as well as South Africa’s Got Talent.“They always say I lack technique and that is the very same technique that I will get at Disney Studios. I need everyone’s help,” Sfiso pleaded.

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