Local dancer, choreographer and dance educator Sifiso Kitsona Khumalo has been announced as the recipient of this year’s “Eric Shabalala Dance Champion Award” which was established by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) and the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, in memory and recognition of dancer, choreographer and dance educator Eric Shabalala.
“Sifiso, who is also the 2012 recipient of the KZN Dancelink Dancer of the the Year Award, has a solid presence in the dance community here in KZN.” says Lliane Loots, Artistic Director of JOMBA!. “He has a strong career as a dancer and choreographer with Flatfoot Dance Company, but is also a dedicated teacher and mentor to quite literally hundreds of young dancers that he works with in the various Flatfoot programmes but also in his own long standing Clermont based dance programme called “Kitson’s Kids/The Young One’s”. We are delighted collectively, as the JOMBA! team, to give the 2012 award to Sifiso Kitsona Khumalo; a man who we believe embodies the spirit of a dance champion for the continued growth of cotemporary dance in Durban and South Africa.”