Five Boys gumboot dance


Kopano Dibakwane

Five young boys from Pilgrims Rest – Shaun Mnisi, Dennilson Nyalungu, Neo Maebela, Sfiso Robinson, and Shown Shakwane – left many tourists in awe throughout the Easter weekend in Graskop. The Five Boys attend school at Pilgrims Rest Primary and they normally visit Graskop to display their skills.

The group leader, Neo Maebela, said that they started their gumboot routines three years ago. Neo said that each member has a brother or uncle who is involved in gumboot dancing.

“We got interested in gumboot dancing after watching our uncles travelling to places such as Lydenburg (Mashishing), Sabie and Hlabekisa. We also wanted to be like them so we started our own group. We have been in Graskop since the Easter weekend dancing and the people like what we do,” said Neo.

He added that the group is trained by “our uncles” and teacher, TS Mnisi – Pilgrims Rest primary.

“Our parents like what we are doing and they encourage us to do good things. We want to go far and travel so that we can show people our talent. Some of the tourists give us money; they say we are very good at gumboot dancing,”

Each member of the Five Boys group has their own individual dream careers such as police officer, doctor, nurse, and lawyer.

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