Campus Life

UJ crowns best dancer



Engineering student, Tumelo Letsheko was crowned winner of the “UJ Can You Dance?” competition following an action-packed final round of the competition on Saturday 13 September.

An emotional Tumelo expressed his passion for dance during his acceptance speech and acknowledged UJ Arts & Culture for creating spaces and places where UJ students can nurture and develop their natural talent.


The aim of the competition was to excavate and nurture the dance talent of our students, said producer, Grace Meadows. “Following extensive auditions across all four campuses, 24 hopefuls were selected from over three hundred young people who signed up to audition,” she explained.


During the winter recess period the students who made it through round of auditions were put through their paces at a Winter Dance Boot camp facilitated by and 18 were selected for the semi-finals and then the top 8 battled it out for bragging rights as “UJ’s Best Dancer.”


“I think this competition is a great initiative for students to showcase their talent,” said MA Philosophy candidate, Devon Peterson, who came out in second place. Classically trained Margaux Fourie who is a first year (BSc) Information Technology student was placed third.


All the finalists walked away with a cultural bursary to the value of R2, 000. The top three each won premiere gym memberships sponsored, UJ Sport, a sports goody bag courtesy of UJ Arts & Culture and an iPad mini. Tumelo’s first-prize included all of these as well as a professional CV consultation with MojaNation Exchange design agency and a 12 month artist management contract from Talent .


By Sizwe Masilela