📰 Tell us about yourself?
💃🥁🕺 I am Onkemetse Nkhumise from Hammanskraal in Pretoria. I was born in Bela-Bela in the Limpopo province. I'm currently residing in Mafikeng and a grade 10 learner at Sol Plaatje Secondary School.
📰 How you got in to dancing?
💃🥁🕺 I actually wanted to do ballet because one of my friends from Grade 1 used to tell me that she goes to Mmabana every day after school for ballet lessons, so I also wanted to try it as I got interested in dancing from a young age. So when I told my parents about me wanting to dance they agreed and we went to apply for ballet but I was told that there was no space so I was sent to Mmabana Head Office where I started falling in love with Latin and Ballroom, but the plan was when there's space at the ballet department I would go there but I guess I felt deeply in love with Latin and Ballroom and that's how I started dancing.
📰 Dancing style you chose and why?
💃🥁🕺 I do Latin American. I just loved how rhythmical it is and the groove and all that.
📰 Share with us the kind of impact dancing has/had in your life?
💃🥁🕺 I've learned how to love myself and dance has boosted my self confidence in a way I cannot explain.
📰 What challenges you had to overcome and sacrifices you had to do to be at this level of dancing?
💃🥁🕺To be able to dance in front of large crowds without being shy. I had to sacrifice a lot of things especially my social life, like hanging out with friends, putting more work in my dancing along with the long hours of practice.
📰 Please share with us two to three dancing styles and elaborate on how they differ?
💃🥁🕺Latin American, Ballroom and HipHop
Latin American is open and actively jolly.
Ballroom is closed and very technical
HipHop is all fun and games.
📰 What are you looking forward too during Rumba In The Jungle 2019?
🕺🥁💃I'm looking forward to leaving there inspired by international dancers that will be competing there, and also enjoying myself on the dance floor as it will be my first time dancing champ at #RITJ and of course good results. No it won't be my first time.
📰 What advice can you give to dancers at your level?
💃🥁🕺Polished your routines, put in a lot of work in terms of applying the things you are taught etc. We practice every day from Monday-Friday for 3 hrs minimum
📰 What can people expect to see and feel during this year’s event?
💃🥁🕺You can expect seeing the whole new Onkemetse that's all I could think about.