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ALL is set for the inaugural “R16 Zimbabwe Nationals 2015” Korean break-dance showcase, with auditions to be held at the Long Cheng Plaza in Harare tomorrow.The competition is for B-Boy or break dancers.

The auditions as well as the competition are open to anyone who is versed in Korean break-dance and it seeks to promote the art in the spirit of cultural exchange.

According to show organisers, this is the first time that the competition will be held in Zimbabwe although it has been held in different parts of the world with the world finals hosted in Seoul, Korea.

The auditions are meant to select 16 solo break-dancers who will qualify for the international finals to be held on June 20.

Organiser of the event Carlos Ndawi said: “The winner in June will go to Morocco for the Africa Middle East battle and the Seoul, Korea contest for the world finals in September.

“But the finals here in Zimbabwe will be judged by five best Korean break-dancers in the world,” he said.

Carlos Ndawi also said this competition was meant to promote urban arts, and cited Zimbabwe and Korea as some of the countries that had a rich background of that phenomenon.

“Urban arts are taking the world by storm and Zimbabwe is no exception. By promoting Korean break dance, we are also strengthening ties between Zimbabwe and Korea,” he said.

The 21-year-old young dancer, who is also an entrepreneur, is the brains behind the dance company, Chachaya Extreme Battles, which he started in June 2014.

“I used to be a break-dancer in high school so after getting into entrepreneurship, I decided to start my urban arts events company which I called Chachaya Extreme Battles.

“Ever since, I have been experimenting with various types of dances from other countries hence the passion for Korean break-dancing,” he said.

He said locals should not shun dancing as it can sustain livelihood.

“Dancing is a career like any other job and it should be taken seriously as many can earn a living through dancing. If you can check how a lot of dancers abroad are making a living, you would envy.

“I also urge parents to support their children when it comes to art because what they don’t want them to be is sometimes what they want to be,” he said.

Source : The Herald