Mophato Dance Theatre has taken to social media to share their love for dancing with Batswana and their followers in other parts of the world. For a few months now, the group have been offering online classes to dance lovers. They first started sharing the classes on Facebook during Lockdown and so far have over 30 classes.
For the project, they have partnered with the internationally acclaimed Battery Dance (New York) who have a cross-cultural online program
Mophato hosts the Battery Dance company’s western contemporary and ballet classes on their platform and they in turn host their afro contemporary classes on the batterydance.org/dancetv channel. The classes covers genres such as afro fusion, afro contemporary, hip hop and modern ballet.
Classes are available on the following days: Mondays (Afro Fusion), Tuesday (mental health class such as Yoga), Wednesday (Ballet) and Friday (Hip hop).
According to the Marketing and Project Director for the group, Kealeboga Motsumi, they took advantage of social media as a way to challenge themselves at the height of lockdown in Botswana. He explains that this was one way for them to engage and keep the public entertained.
“We also wanted to keep our artist’s creativity burning, which has propelled us to do more, research and explore new ways of sharing our love for dancing with the public,” he explains.
Their audience range from beginners, intermediate to advanced dancers. Motsumi points out that for this project they have partnered with the Battery Dance (New York) who have a cross-cultural online program