From catwalk to dance honours for Toti man

Jan Strydom on the Talent Africa catwalk last year.

An Amanzimtoti model and dancer won a gold medal at the Dance Fest at Berea Primary School on Saturday, 2 June. Jan Strydom (31) is one of 10 dancers who made the SA team to perform in Novi Sad, Serbia at the Euro Dance Fest from 14 to 23 November.

“I felt overwhelmed by winning gold and being selected for the SA team. I did not expect to do so well, as the main part of my dance was street jazz which I only started learning this year. I normally do hip hop and breakdancing. I entered the dance open section and did a mixture of street jazz, hip hop and breakdancing. This was my first-ever gold for dancing,” he said.

Jan is more renowned for turning heads on the catwalk than for dancing. “I have concentrated more on dancing this year. I went for dance lessons with Amarah Hoosain of Poetic Dance Movement SA. Amarah also choreographed my dance piece for me which I performed at the Dance Fest. Unfortunately I won’t be able to go and dance in Serbia.”

Jan has now joined the Poetic Movement SA, which teaches different styles of dance, and he is currently training to participate in the regional round of Talent Africa, which takes place in September.

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“Thanks to Amarah Hoosain for the choreography she taught me and the judges from Euro Fest, as well as Melanie Ashcroft and the organisers of Dance Fest for bringing these type of competitions to KZN and giving young and upcoming artist a platform to showcase their work.”

Jan Strydom is chuffed with his first-ever gold medal he achieved for his dance routine at the Dance Fest at Berea Primary School on Saturday, 2 June.

 

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