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Monday, May 22, 2017


(Nqubeko Ngema & Njabulo Innocent Zungu. Pic by Val Adamson)

Njabulo Innocent Zungu and Nqubeko Ngema are two extremely talented Durban dancers. They attended the Durban University of Technology (DUT) from 2013 to 2015 and graduated with National Diplomas in Drama and performance studies specialising in Dance and Theatre In Education (TIE)

They also trained with the acclaimed Flatfoot Dance Company and Ngema has worked with the Playhouse Company’s Phakama Dance Academy. Their training has included basic ballet, modern contemporary dance, Zulu traditional dance and hip-hop.

Apart from having performed in professional theatre productions in venues such as the Playhouse, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Stable Theatre, Catalina Theatre, Courtyard Theatre, City Hall; International Conventional Centre (ICC), and State Theatre, they have participated in numerous festivals including JOMBA!, Dance Umbrella, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the Dance Drama festival and the DUT Digital Festival. They acted, sang and danced in Evita The Musical presented by DUT.

They have also appeared in community talent shows, fashion shows, exhibitions at arts galleries, small dance performances, musical shows, and South African awards events (NACMA Awards, Crown Awards, Trumpet Africa Gospel Music Awards). These often required their choreography skills.

These energetic, passionate, focused and forward-thinking young men have also been doing Training Dance programmes in high schools.

“We are diligent, humble, focused and passionate dancers who come from places where stars never shine but with positive minds and discipline, we believe the future of dance shines. By using our dancing talent in Modern Contemporary Dance, we would like to explore our chances in the field of dance and gain experience on working with different artists,” they add.

A superb opportunity to explore these chances has landed in their talented laps. Recently they were awarded a nine months Professional Development and Training Internship/Scholarship to study at the New York-based Limon Dance Company, during 2017 and 2018.

The challenge now is to make sure they get to New York and do Durban proud!

Sponsorship is required to make this tremendous opportunity possible and anyone who can help is invited to make deposits into the following account:

Account Name: The Durban University of Technology
Account No: 050007068
Account type: Business Current Account
Branch: Kingsmead
Branch Code 040026
Branch code (electronic payments) 051001
Reference No: F051 – Ngema Zungu Fund