Local dance group, Extreme Vision, recently landed on fifth position out of over 50 competing dance groups at the Strictly Street International Dance competition recently held in South Africa.
REPORT BY TINASHE SIBANDA
Led by Adonis Muronzi, Extreme Vision was the only group from Zimbabwe to perform in the competition.
The group’s individual members were also outstanding in BBoy competitions as the gold and silver medals were scooped by Brandon “BBoy BC” Chisongorere and Treasure “BBoy TMC” Munhenga.
Zimbabwe’s flag was raised even higher when another team member, Emmanuel “MReal” Nyahumbi scooped the gold medal in freestyle dancing after an outstanding performance when he mimicked Michael Jackson.
“Nyahumbi had everyone standing and cheering for more after his performance and one of the judges commented that he was ‘the smoothest performer of the day’,” said Muronzi.
He said last year Zimbabwe had dominated in BBoy dance, popping and freestyle, coming home with gold and silver medals and this year they had done it again.
Muronzi said the group had initially been selected among the teams that were set to go to Las Vegas last July for the World Hip Hop dance championships, but failed to get United States visas.
“The organisers were impressed by the Zimbabwean performers so they said the Strictly Hip Hop 2013 would be held in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Muronzi said the group had also been invited to perform in Cape Town, and to participate in other cultural exchange dance activities in South Africa.
“In 2013 we promise to have a year where hip hop will be recognised for the positive influence it is having on Zimbabwean youth, rather than the negative connotation it has had in the past,” added Muronzi.
“Hip hop is a positive and pro-social youth culture that is there to motivate, inspire and build self-esteem in our youth.”