World Dance Champion returns to Harare

World Dance Champion returns to Harare to host auditions for the DanceStar championships. 

Jibilika Dance Trust in partnership with South African dance champion Paul Modjadji’s Breaking Down Boarders Africa Tour will next Tuesday 11th of April 2017 host a dance audition to select Zimbabwe’s first representative at the world dance championships DanceStar set for Croatioa this May. Audition will be held at Jibilika Urban Culture Centre in Harare. 

DanceStar is the No 1 Dance Competition in the world with a network of over 55 000 dancers across 55 countries. The competition is open to dancers across the world who go through qualifying auditions in their countries to qualify for the finals at the World Masters in Croatia in May, annually. Dance styles represented vary from classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, Broadway, musical theatre, to hip hop and folklore.

The Zimbabwean Dance Star World Masters auditions are looking for one dancer who will win an opportunity to represent Zimbabwe amongst dancers from the all over the world. The all expenses pad for prize includes flight, qualifier fees, accommodation in Croatia, meals and the opportunity to compete for 50000 euros.The selected will be announced at the end of April 2017 and they would leave on May 15th 2017, returning on the 30th May 2017

Paul Modjadji has been on an African whirlwind with the Breaking Down Borders Africa Tour a pan-African dance tour that saw him make ten stops on the continent teaching dance and collaborating with young African civic leaders and artists. Inspired by his work with the European Star Dance Union, Modjadji will use the tour as a means to scout for fresh talent on the continent, to take part in the international competition set for May 2017 in Croatia. He will further use the tour to advocate for dance and arts education while offering dance master classes in the respective countries.

Modjadji made history by becoming the first dancer in Africa to win the European Dance Star World Championships in the solo Jazz category in 2011. Following that success, he has since been crowned top dancer in the world at Talent America Showcase in New York in 2013 and in 2015 he was appointed lead choreographer in Africa’s first made for cinema dance film, the multi award winning Hear Me Move.

An international dance champion. Paul Modjadji’s list of accolades is as long as his illustrious career. After five years since he made history on the Dance Star World Championships stage in Croatia, he returns to the same world stage this year as the official South Africa and Africa brand ambassador of the European Star Dance Union (ESDU) and one of the esteemed judges at the biggest dance competition in the world. In celebration of his astronomic career, Modjadji together with the ESDU have partnered to search for the next dance star from the continent, through the Breaking Down Borders Africa Tour.

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The multi-talented Modjadji is a global young leaders award recipient. Modjadji’s work with making arts accessible to youth in townships has reached over 10 000 young people through his various programmes.

Modjadji kicked off the Breaking Down Borders Africa Tour last year with Zimbabwe in August 2016 where he was one of the judges at the Jibilika Dance Festival. Since then he has visited Zambia, Uganda, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Lesotho. The tour will be returning to Harare on the 11th of April to host Modjadji’s Master Dance Class as well as auditions for the ESDU Dance Star World Championships which will see one dancer being selected to represent the country in Croatia in May this year at the world championships. The all expenses paid for opportunity will go to a versatile and creative urban dancer who showcases the best dance piece on Tuesday.