“It is not every day that a township girl gets the opportunity to perform in America” – teen dances onto the international stage

Doreen Mokgolo

Ever since Blessing Mtetwa started dancing at the age of six she dreamed of performing on the international stage.

A decade later, Blessing’s hard work is finally paying off after a scouting agency spotted her on her Instagram page.

Blessing, who hails from Springs in Ekurhuleni, has qualified to showcase her talent in New York in July.

The talented choreographer and dancer from Progressive Music, Dance and Arts School was encouraged to audition at the International Arts and Talent Showcase (IATS), a talent show that offers talented young people the opportunity to perform in America.

She came out on top after auditioning in front of international entertainment industry scouts and has qualified to compete in the final leg of the competition in America.

Blessing said this opportunity will open international doors for her.

“It is not every day that a township girl gets the opportunity to perform in America.

“I have worked hard for this opportunity and I’m still pushing myself to improve my skills. I was born with this talent but I still have to work hard to be better than I was yesterday,” she said.

She believes that there is always someone out there who is just as good as she is and that is why she has to always be on her “A” game.

Blessing said she has been putting in more hours since she received the good news.

“I’m hoping that one day my name will be celebrated as one of the best in the world and to choreograph for some of the top hip hop artists,” she said.

She said she looks up to local choreographers like Mokonenyane, Sean Lew, and Bailey Sok.

“Their work ethic inspires me to be the best I can be,” she said.