Lesotho dancers brace for tough open

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MASERU — At least five countries are expected to take part in the Second Open Queen ‘Masenate Dancesport Championship.

The tournament is scheduled to take place on June 6 at Lehakoe Sports and Recreation Centre in Maseru, according to Lesotho Dancesport Association (Ledasa) spokesperson Mathibeli Mokhele.

This year will see the introduction of the hip-hop dance section to the tournament, started in 2005 to celebrate the birthday of Lesotho’s Queen.

Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso was born on June 2 1976.

Last year Ledasa decided to make the championship open to other countries and only dancers from Swaziland and South Africa took part. 

Lesotho dominated the inaugural open with Thuloane Tséhlo and Ntsoaki Ntlaloe from Maluti Dancesport Club clinching the top honours.

But this time round Lesotho dancers are likely to face stiff competition from visiting performers.

Mokhele said South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana have already confirmed their participation in the championship.

“There are many countries participating in this year’s competition,” he said.

“Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique have confirmed that they are coming for the championship.”

Mokhele said, as part of preparations for the championship, Ledasa will hold a national competition on May 10.

“We have planned to hold a smaller event on May 10 to weigh our preparedness for the big occasion,” he said.

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