Today is International Dance Day, an opportunity for dancers around the world to express themselves creatively while channelling their inner energy in a highly-energetic and resourceful manner.
This day is celebrated annually on the 29th of April and was established by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in 1982. Since then, the day has been commemorated to mark the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of the modern ballet dance.
The day is often marked to spread the awareness and value of dance in all its forms across the world. One member of the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies squad who has excelled in the dancing craft is Lehlogonolo Mashigo, popularly known as “Hlogi Mash”.
The multi-talented performer who has become one of Mzansi’s biggest musos expressed the importance of marking the International Dance Day and how she has juggled life as a footballer and a dancer.
“I am grateful to pursue my love for music and football simultaneously. Doors that I have never imagined are opening for me because I work hard in all that I do. It is a marvellous time to live a dream that I never saw coming. Now that I am realising my dreams across both fronts, I aim to keep soaring higher. Like I always say, believe in your dreams, because if you do not give up, that dream will become a reality,” Hlogi stated.
Just recently, Hlogi Mash was part of a star-studded music lineup that performed during the inaugural Mamelodi Sundowns Supporter Appreciation Day at the FNB Stadium.
“On the 23rd of April, I had the privilege of living my dreams to the fullest. I got to perform in front of Masandawana. This was a huge moment for me because the Yellow Nation family also know me as a soccer player as well. Unfortunately, we bowed out of the CAF Champions League on the night but the experience will linger on my mind for many years to come,” said the midfielder.
Mashigo was also full of praise for the Sundowns’ first team who recently clinched a fifth consecutive league title with a 0-0 draw against Cape Town City FC at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
“We’ve just celebrated Freedom Day, the day that the Sundowns Men’s Team won the Premier Soccer League for the 12th time in their history. What a time to be alive. I appreciate the fact that we live in a time where we as the youth are reaping the blessings that our ancestors struggled for,” concluded Hlogi Mash.
To see some of the most exciting dancing moves of Mashigo, subscribe to the Mamelodi Sundowns TV on YouTube to enjoy ‘Hlogi’, a tribute to one of the club’s most charismatic personalities and talented players.