After dropping out in the first round of last year’s competition, Luthando “Lulu” Baduza, 16, from Marina da Gama, bounced back to claim the top spot at the weekend’s regional RedBull Dance Your Style finals, at the Waterfront.
Lulu was crowned Dance Your Style king after winning the crowd with some impressive dance moves, especially in the final battle against Kgomotso “Soulistic” Marite, from Bellville.
A Grade 10 pupil at Focus College in Wynberg and a former pupil at Square Hill Primary in Retreat, the lanky teen says he’s been dancing all his life and enjoys taking part in school concerts and dance competitions.
Since 2017 he’s won multiple gold medals at various competitions, including gold at the South Africa Body Of Dance Western Cape championships, at the Battle Of The Giants and Rumble in the Jungle at Sun City in 2018 and gold at this year’s Global Dance Supreme battle in Cape Town earlier this year. He’s also featured in numerous commercials and has made a number of television appearances.
Saturday’s one-on-one street dance competition showcased various movement styles as dancers from in and around the Mother City competed for a spot at the national final taking place in Durban later this year.
In typical Dance Your Style fashion, Saturday’s dance-off was a thrilling affair in which dancers go head-to-head to unpredictable music to win over the crowd. It also showcased the impressive talent within the local dance community. It allows dancers to express themselves and explore their unique styles, creating an exciting and dynamic atmosphere for both participants and the audience.
Competing against a pool of exceptionally talented dancers, Luthando’s unique street-dance style captivated the audience. With each move, he demonstrated versatility and creativity that set him apart from the competition.
“A lot was going through my mind but I had to block out the noise. Coming into today’s competition, I had to make sure I know my own strengths and weaknesses which helped me win each round. I’m looking forward to enjoying myself at the national final and interact with the crowd and do my best,” he said.