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DANCER EXTRAODINAIRE

MUSA MOTHA

IN EVERYTHING YOU DO

DO YOUR
BEST

"In everything you do, do your best and never ever let any obstacles come in your way".

I AM POSSIBLE

ABOUT ME

WHO IS MUSA MOTHA?

Musa is a South African dancer, film maker, choreographer and photography enthusiast. In 2006, when I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with bone cancer, as a result of which my left leg had to be amputated. Before this tragic event, I was into soccer and dreamed of one day becoming a professional player. After my illness, I had to accept that I would not be able to pursue this dream. However, I believed that when one door closes, there is certainly always a window left open.

Once I had finished the necessary treatment and recovery programme, I decided to start focusing on dance. This was back in 2010 and I have been dancing ever since. I began with hip-hop and Pantsula, a form of street dance which originated in the South African townships.

In 2018, I started a professional dancing career with Vuyani Dance Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.
This is where I have learned a whole lot more about dance, including ballet, classic, modern and contemporary dance, Afro fusion, tapdancing and other dance genres

MUSA 2

MY JOURNEY

THE JOURNEY TO IMPOSSIBLE

After the recovery programme had finished, I was caught up in the moment. At that time, I was working as a DJ and played music with a group of friends – some of them were also dancers. They taught me a great deal about dancing, which proved to be a tipping point in my decision to try a dancing career as an alternative to soccer. I remembered they drew some boxes on the floor and told me to do various moves using my left crutch as a left leg. All this experience determined my choice to go into dancing..

Actually performing on stage only reinforced my decision. After one show, I came off the stage and met a spectator from the audience, someone I had never seen before. This man was older than me, maybe in his mid-30s. He came to me with tears in his eyes and said that I had blown his mind. His words stuck in my head: ‘Thank you for the things you do for us. Even if you do not see it, we feel it.’ He continued by saying that he had been thinking about committing suicide that night, and this was going to be the last event he ever attended. He told me that seeing my performance had changed his mind – he was now going home to his wife and kids to apologise to them, tell them what his initial plan was and what had made him change his mind.

GALLERY

MY WORK

What'S MY

DRIVING FORCE?

Hunger for personal growth. It means that almost every day I can do more than yesterday and become a better dancer than I am today.

 

One of the slogans I live by is ‘In everything I do, I do my best’. Doing your best will always attract the attention of other people. Every time I perform, I try to give it 100%, so that when other artists and choreographers see me, they would want to hire me. It works as self-promotion. As well as that, I often say, ‘Musa doesn’t believe in the word impossible; I break the word into two: IM and POSSIBLE’. This sends the message that everything is possible if you really try hard.