Born and bred in Mafikeng, Chelsea Kristen Davids took her first dance class at Mmabana in 2009 and has never looked back ever since. She did dance lessons in Ballet, Hip-hop, contemporary and also African dance. Even now, she still maintains that true dancers are versatile and do not restrict themselves to only one type of dance. With remarkable experience, awards under her name, the 19 year old is currently teaching dance at New Brighton Dance Company for children of ages 5 and up. She is also a program manager at this company.
BIGGEST CAREER MOMENTS
Davids reveals that at age 10 she started imitating dance moves she was watching on television. That is when she realised her love for dancing. At age 12 she took her first professional dance class at Mmabana Mafikeng. “That`s when it all started to happen for me, slowly develop and grow to what has become now”, she explains.
The dedicated dancer, Davids, has won several tittles around the country. Of special significance to her was when she became a finalist on Mzanzi`s talent search show “SA`s Got Talent” in 2016. This same year she qualified for World Championships of Performing Arts which were held in Los Angeles (LA) in the U.S.A. In LA she obtained a month`s scholarship to one of the most popular dance studios in the world the “Millennium”. She is also currently the world champion in the 16-17 age group for the Best Female Hip-hop Dancer.
Davids discloses that her experience in LA has taught her a lot about her dancing capabilities and gave her a lot of exposure. “It was over ten countries that were there. In one hotel, one stage, doing that same type of dance”. “I was honoured to share the stage with others and try and learn what they do. Sharing South African dances and experiences with people from other countries”, she says.
COUNSEL FOR ASPIRING DANCERS
The passionate dancer relates that humility, inquisitiveness and respect for their craft are one of the most important characteristics that every dancer should possess. Davids argues that she does not believe that a person is a dancer if he/she is only comfortable with one dance style.
One of the principles which she instills in her students is that, they should have room to explore and master other dance styles. “Whatever you are given, you do it to the best of your ability. You need to do anything and everything to get the necessary jobs. Take part in every audition there is, and try to get all these opportunities”, she advices. “Undoubtedly, if you have passion and love for what you do, you can`t go wrong”, she adds.
Davids further highlights that failure is one of the most important learning curves. “If you fail, get up, dust yourself off and continue, because without failure there is no growth”, she says.
NEED FOR FUNDS
Unfortunately her scholarship at “Millennium” does not cover all the costs. She says she needs close to R65 thousand in order to cover transport, accommodation, food and also some of the workshops she plans to attend that side. The trip to LA is supposed to take place on 11 December and she says so far she has only paid R30 thousand. Just like with her previous trip to LA she accumulated most of the money through fundraising events.
On 25 November she will be hosting another three day event at Gigi`s Restaurant based in Lonely Park here in Mafikeng and hopes that it will go well. “It’s a bit tough not to lie, it`s very straining financially. Generally dance is very expensive. I am grateful for my support system. People who bend over backwards to make sure my dreams and goals are reached”. “I hope I will be able to raise the money. I only have this month. I am hoping with God`s will, everything comes together”, she laments.
Davids appeals to anyone who will like to help by making a contribution, in any way to contact her on the following details.
Cell no: 0728640469
Facebook: Chelsea Kristen Davids