Thabo Rapoo


Thabo Rapoo has big plans for the South African dance scene. The 31-year-old, who won the Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance this year, would like to open a channel between Africa and Europe in much the same way that he has begun to work with the Indonesian Embassy � selecting dancers to study and work in Indonesia and form a cultural exchange. Rapoo, who was born and raised in Ga- Rankuwa in Pretoria, joined a Pantsula group called aMajita in1987. In 2002 he was awarded a scholarship at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation to complete a three-year diploma. He entered the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella that year and went on to perform his solo, Umdudo, at the FNB Vita Dance and the Grahamstown National Art's Festival. He was later invited to join Moving Into Dance Mophatong, where he still performs and serves as a dance teacher and lecturer. Earlier this year, Rapoo was promoted to resident choreographer. � Eamon Allan

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