So You Think You Can Dance 2010 is in full swing – the finalists have been chosen and now the competition starts.
The 16 finalists are:
1 – Takkies Maswanganye – Johannesburg
2 – Gerrie De Wet – Johannesburg
3 – Darren Hammond – Pretoria
4 – Cleo Notcutt – Cape Town
5 – Ashley Beyers – Johannesburg
6 – Bonwa Mbontsi – Pietermaritzburg
7 – Carl Davids – Johannesburg
8 – Kabelo Mohlala – Johannesburg
9 – Kai Pretorius – Durban
10 – Lulu Mlangni – Johannesburg
11 – Jeanette Maphafo – Pretoria
12 – Tumie Letsoenyo – Soweto
13 – Xolani Mthabela – Johannesburg
14 – JJ Heuvel – Cape Town
15 – Shelley Christians – Cape Town
16 – Snehlanhla Mbatha – Durban
All of the dancers are very talented, but today I am going to give you a bit more information about Snehlanhla Mbatha. We all call her Sne. She has been dancing with Dance Direction International (run by Desray van der Spuy) for 6 years. She has tried her hand at modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, hiphop and acrobatics and passed all of her modern exams with honours with distinction.
She auditioned in Durban, and recalls the experience as rough at first but says it ended up being a perfect day. She was at the mall alone by 6:45am, with no music and an unfinished sequence, and in the end it was this unprepared sequence that put her through to the next round.
Sne grew up following Janet Jackson until krumping came along. Her favourite dance genre is old school hiphop. For a full bio for Sne check out this link – http://www.dancedirectory.co.za/content/articles/articles.asp?MID=1122&Section=SoYouThinkYouCanDance
Dance Directional International (DDI) is a wonderful, family-oriented, dance school. The classes are fun and vibey (yes, I gooi it hiphop style every week). Students from the school are involved in dance shows and competitions all year round.