Mutare dance group heads for Las Vegas

Hip-hop dance group Unit Edge is expected to make its debut appearance at the World Hip-Hop Championship contest in Las Vegas, America.

Unit Edge: Terrence, Nyasha and Clint.
Unit Edge: Terrence, Nyasha and Clint.

The five-member group seized the opportunity after coming tops in the Zim Finest Dance Group competitions held late last month. Unit Edge becomes the first dance group in the eastern region to clinch a national title and win an opportunity to compete at a world contest. The talented dance group needs $12,500 to cover travel and accommodation expenses during a three-month stay in America and are appealing to the corporate world to sponsor their trip.

“We have to pay our own expenses but we have no means of raising the money and need sponsors to chip in,” said group member Clint Ndlovu.

The contest will feature various break-dancing groups drawn from all over the world, providing a fantastic opportunity to interact, exchange skills and learn from other B-Boy and B-Girl groups at the colourful event.

The group has competed in the Battle of the Year dance contest, Harare International Arts Festival and the British Council’s Live Vibes and Ghetto Fabulous, where they have fared well.

They are also looking for help from an experience choreographer to help them polish their act as part.

“We might not win the dance competition in Las Vegas but we have a lot to learn from it. This is not only an opportunity for us as a group but for Mutare as a city and Zimbabwe as a country. We will raise the flag of our country high at such an event,” said Terrence Mabvanya, another group member.

They ruled relocating to Harare even though there are few opportunities in their home city. “We want to make a name for Mutare,” said Mabvanya, adding that they plan to establish the Impact School of Dancing to tap and nurture talent in the city.

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