The Gumboot Welcoming
The countdown to the Kingdom Life Children Centre had me smiling from ear to ear because I get to teach children something new. I love teaching… that’s another thing about me! Dancing first, then teaching – in that particular order!
As soon as I arrived, I was showered with hugs and happy children that were eager to see what I had for with this fully loaded car of goodies. I had paint, cardboard, cans, newspaper and even speakers. I was overwhelmed at how these children were so eager to help me offload the car and waited until I gave them something fun to do.
We were set up in their school hall and ready to begin our day’s program. I find out on that day that this orphanage home uses arts and cultural activities as a tool to rehabilitate these children. Over the years, these kids formed their own dance and musical group that travel around to perform at functions across the province. Pretty impressive hey!
To my surprise they gave me a spectacular gumboot dance performance! Completely unexpected. The video starts off by the leader of the gumboot dance group introducing himself and his team (speaking Setswana – one of the official languages of South Africa). They then deliver one gumboot performance. Check this out:
The excitement of so much talent and passion got the better of me and I joined in on the gumboot dancing! I asked them to teach me a few moves. As much as I love teaching, I love learning new things as well! So this is me, being challenged by young legit gumboot dancers! (Don’t laugh at me, lol)
Hope you learned a thing or two from the gumboot dance! 🙂
ConfiDance note for the day: We need to be more like children. Believe more. Hope more. Give it your all. Believe that anything is possible. Being childlike in attitude towards life is one of the keys to success.
Author: Neo Motshologane
Photos/Media: Own pictures and videos from photographic devices