Sonia Radebe

Sonia Radebe, dancer and choreographer, believes in using the body to tell stories and, through them, to create dialogue and greater interconnectedness in society. Radebe, who hails from White City, was introduced to dance by the Arco Dance Theatre in Soweto. She began her career as a professional dancer in 2001 with Moving into Dance Mophatong in Newtown, where she continues to work. Radebe is passionate about training people with physical disabilities to explore and uncover the magic. She has shared her personal work with audiences in Chile, the United States, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Her career has been punctuated by a number of accolades, most notably being acknowledged in 2007 by the Gauteng MEC for Arts and Culture as the Dance Umbrella’s Most Outstanding Female Dancer in Contemporary Style and in 2011 being awarded the Gauteng Dance Manyano Best Female Dancer of the Decade Award. — Taryn Mackay