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Stage is set for Festive Lights Switch-on dance battle <span><p>In the lead-up to the eagerly anticipated Festive Lights Switch-On happening later this month, the City of Cape Town launched a dance competition in the search for the top three crews who will not only walk away with prize money, but will also perform on the main stage at the Grand Parade.</p><p>The standard of entries for this competition has been exceptional, with 46 entries received via various social media platforms by the cut-off date, and it has been a tough task to choose just 10 who will join the Dance Battle for top honours at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre this coming Sunday, 19 November from 13:30 until 15:30. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Dance professionals, Blake Williams and Nkosinathi Sangweni, will be tasked with deciding who makes it to the main stage at the annual Festive Lights Switch On, on 26 November.</p><p> </p><p>'This is a really exciting pre-event showdown, and I want to thank the dance crews who took the time to submit their entries. To those who will have the opportunity to be part of the dance battle, we look forward to seeing what you bring to the stage. The City also invites the public to join the event at the Waterfront, and cheer on these crews. Dance is one of the most popular forms of expression in our country and our city, and I've no doubt that it'll be a full house for this showdown. And while, the crews are competing for the spotlight, and cash prizes, there may even be some prizes for the public too,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>The crews who will showcase their dance moves are, in no particular order:</p><p> </p><ul><li><a href="">Blaqshandis Dance Crew</a> – from Nyanga</li><li><a href="">021_rebels</a> – from Bonteheuwel</li><li><a href="">Street_Kings</a> based in Tafelsig,Mitchells Plain</li><li><a href="">Dynamic Dance Co</a> (senior crew) from Plumstead</li><li><a href="">Born Spartans Dance Arena</a> from Brackenfell</li><li><a href="">Kaapstad</a> from Bonteheuwel</li><li><a href="">Kulcha_Wockeyz</a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>based in Khayelitsha</li><li><a href="">Hood Hop / Swag Step Crew</a> from Bonteheuwel</li><li><a href="">TENACITY Movement</a> from Ravensmead</li><li><a href="">Creativeworks Dance Studio</a> hailing from Diep River</li></ul><p> </p><p>The winning dance crew will take home R10 000, with R5 000 for the second placed crew, and R2 000 for third place.</p><p> </p><p>Social media pages:</p><p>Facebook:   <a href="" target="_blank">CTFestiveLights</a></p><p>Instagram:   <a href="" target="_blank">ctfestivelights</a><br></p><p>TikTok:         CTFestiveLights</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>About the Judges:</strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Nkosinathi Sangweni (Judge & MC)</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dance Performer <strong>I</strong> Choreographer<strong> I</strong> Program Manager <strong>I </strong>Podcaster</p><p>A Trailblazing Career Nathi's story is one of dedication and devotion to his craft. It is a story of a man whose exceptional talents have been recognised on national, continental, and international stages. His performances and choreography have captivated audiences from all walks of life, earning him numerous accolades that only a true virtuoso could attain.</p><p> </p><p>What truly sets Nathi apart is his versatility and exceptional attention to detail. He has had the privilege to choreograph and perform at the Starlight Classics in both 2022 and 2023, wowing audiences with his spellbinding moves. He's even graced the birthday celebration of the legendary Sir Zanele Muholi, and his fiery performances in Campbell Fire by The Outlore have set the stage on fire, garnering accolades and admirers aplenty.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Social Media Handles: (5000+)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">IG: @nathi10117</p><p style="text-align:justify;">FB: @Naht10</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tik Tok: @nkosinathisangweni</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Blake Williams (Judge & Influencer)</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Brand Ambassador <strong>I</strong> Dancer<strong> I </strong>Motivational Speaker</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Blake "The Champ" Williams is a dancer, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and content creator. Having won 2x IDO Hip Hop World Champion and Cosmopolitan's Sexiest Man 2018, he performed both locally & internationally - notable events include Sun Met 2019 at The Heart Cape Town Music Festival and the HSBC Cape Town Sevens. A proud achievement of Blakes was founding the Community base Street Stylers dance crew that now travels to schools using the medium of dance to motivate and inspire the future generation. The Street Stylers are the official Springbok Rugby dance crew entertaining crowds before big events.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Born: Cape Town, South African Resides: Cape Town, South Africa.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Social Media Handles: (30 000 +)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">IG: @blakethechamp</p><p style="text-align:justify;">FB: @blackthechamp</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tik Tok: @blakethechamp</p><p style="text-align:justify;">IG: @street_stylers</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tik Tok: @street_stylers </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-11-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#b5658117-fcea-44a2-8d06-4e65c10ea49d;L0|#0b5658117-fcea-44a2-8d06-4e65c10ea49d|festive lights;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#1fe0736b-bcf8-43e0-ac76-5418bf622948;GP0|#b34bd4aa-e5bf-419a-be7f-eecc4d5750ca;L0|#0b34bd4aa-e5bf-419a-be7f-eecc4d5750ca|dance;GP0|#6dccf682-b454-42e1-94cf-b76af306a43b;L0|#06dccf682-b454-42e1-94cf-b76af306a43b|competition10

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