From Mzansi to Las Vegas: Gumboot dancer’s dream comes true

From Mzansi to Las Vegas: Gumboot dancer’s dream comes true

- Thabiso Moloi has been awarded a two year contract with Cirques du Soleil

- The gumboot dancer will be in Las Vegas for two years

- He will perform the role of a Sugar Plum Fairy

Thabiso Moloi will represent South Africa in the world famous Cirques du Soleil in Las Vegas. The gumboot dancer has secured a two-year contract to dance with them.

Thabiso auditioned alongside six other dancers from Phinda-Mzala Entertainment Projects, a performance arts NGO, based in Katlehong. The role they were trying out for was that of a Sugar Plum Fairy. Moloi impressed the judges enough to get a contract.

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Moloi’s contract includes a number benefits. Dental, medical and vision insurance, life insurance, workmans compensation and access to performance medical professionals. Thabiso will also get paid for rehearsals and performances.

From Mzansi to Las Vegas: Gumboot dancer’s dream comes true

Thabiso (white vest) and fellows from Phinda-Mzala photo from Kathorus Mail

Other dancers at Phinda-Mzala Entertainment Projects are very proud of Thabiso’s achievement and wished him all the best. Moloi left for Las Vegas on Saturday 9 December after his party the day before.

Briefly.co.za has learned that Thabiso promised to stay disciplined and focussed and fly the SA flag high.

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Managing director of Phinda-Mzala Entertainment Projects, David Mahlaba, was approached by Cirques du Soleil to find an African dancer. Mahlaba put together the group of six dancers for the audition.

Mahlaba is very pleased with the international exposure but says they are still struggling to get funding locally, both from government and the private sector.

As reported by The Daily Sun, Maria Molefe, Thabiso’s mom is very happy for her son. Saying she hopes he will work hard and be an inspiration for other kids to pursue their dreams.

Maria raised Thabiso on her own and always encouraged him to go after his dreams, all that mattered to her was his happiness.

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Source: Entertainment.briefly.co.za

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