Dancers go head to head

Parktown’s Chay “Shady” Botman made it all the way to the knockout stages at the weekend’s regional RedBull Dance Your Style finals, at the Waterfront, but ultimately it was Luthando “Lulu” Baduza who secured his spot at the Red Bull Dance Your Style national final after winning the crowd with some impressive dance moves.

Parktown’s Chay “Shady” Botman bringing his A-game to Saturday’s RedBull Dance Your Style regional finals at the Waterfront. Picture: Fuad Esack

The one-on-one street dance competition showcased various movement styles as dancers from in and around the Mother City competed for a spot at the national final taking place in Durban later this year.

Chay “Shady” Botman pulling out all the stops during the knockout stages of Saturday’s dance battles at the Waterfront. Picture: Fuad Esack

In typical Dance Your Style fashion, Saturday’s dance-off was a thrilling affair in which dancers go head-to-head to unpredictable music to win over the crowd. It also showcased the impressive talent within the local dance community. It allows dancers to express themselves and explore their unique styles, creating an exciting and dynamic atmosphere for both participants and the audience.

Smooth operator Luthando “Lulu” Baduza did enough to woo the crowd and earn his spot at the nationa Dance Your Style finals in Durban, later this year. Picture: Fuad Esack
Cape Town Dance Your Style winner Luthando “Lulu” Baduza. Picture: Fuad Esack

Competing against a pool of exceptionally talented dancers, Luthando’s unique street-dance style captivated the audience. With each move, he demonstrated versatility and creativity that set him apart from the competition.

Luthando “Lulu” Baduza’s unique street-dance style captivates the audience during Saturday’s dance-off at the Waterfront. Picture: Fuad Esack.

“A lot was going through my mind but had to block out the noise. Coming into today’s competition, I had to make sure I know my own strengths and weaknesses which helped me win each round. I’m looking forward to enjoying myself at the National final and interact with the crowd and do my best.”

Dance Your Style runner up Kgomotso “Soulistic” Marite takes to the floor during her final battle againt eventual winner Luthando “Lulu” Baduza. Picture: Fuad Esack
Kgomotso “Soulistic” Marite certainly had the crowd and the moves to go all the way. Picture: Fuad Esack
Tyler woos the crowd during the knock out stages of Saturday’s Dance Your Style dance battle at the Waterfront. Picture: Fuad Esack
James Blonde makes a case during Saturday’s Dance YOur Style regional finals, at the Waterfront. Picture: Fuad Esack
The name is Blonde, Jame Blonde, one of a number of talented dancers from across the city who battled for glory at Saturday’s Dance Your Style competition. Picture: Fuad Esack