By: Nosipho Mkhize
An amazing dancer and a diligent creative, Cue Ngema (age 24) has proven himself to be one of the best in Durban when it comes to contemporary and modern dance. With jumps and tricks, he wows the crowd and with trained skills in ballet, he shows off his artistic creativity and wondrous talent.
Having been in the industry for only a few years, his studies at the Durban University of Technology and his training through Flatfoot Dance Company and Phakama Dance Theatre have helped open doors in many dance areas as we see him soaring through different stages and major patforms. Recently performing with Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Maphorisa, The Rude Boyz and Tipcee at the annual African Renaissance, he has also had the wonderful privilage of working alongside past Standard Bank Award winners, Luyanda Sidiya and Themba Mbuli, who came down from Jo’burg with the renowned actor and producer, James Ngcobo, to create a spectacular performance at the opening night of the annual international Africa Travel Indaba. Cue has worked in so many areas of his career, as an individual and a team player. He is not only a performer, but also a dance teacher and a choreographer. He’s even worked with choreographers from the United States of America like Roger Bennett Riggle and recently participated in the SA’s Got Talent competition.
With this much work under his belt and consistency in the delivery on each project, it is no surprise that he has caught the eyes of influential people in the dance industry and has made friends with organisations such as Unity South Africa and Power in Dance, who have opened opportunities for Cue and many others like him to win scholarships to go train and dance in the Millennium Dance Complex studios, in Los Angeles this December. Last year, Cue was awarded an opportunity to do a full year dance program in New York City with his dance partner at the time, Leo Zungu. But with a lack of funds to cover flights, both dancers stayed in Durban and continued training locally while waiting for their next chance to go abroad. And now that chance has come, well, for Cue at least.
Presented Amy Morgan and Betty Rocks, Power in Dance in association with Unity South Africa, congratulate all winners of this year’s scholarship and we, at SA Blogger’s, are proud to see a hard working young citizen making a mark for our country in such a beautiful majestic way. A salute to our under 25 giant!