MASERU — Local dancers Pulumo Nchakha and Kholu Liphoto on Saturday led Team Lesotho to victory in the Third Magolide DanceSport Championships in Swaziland.
The couple won a chance to choose a dance trainer from South Africa to coach them as part of their prizes.
They were competing with couples from Swaziland and Mozambique.
Team Lesotho sent 11 dancers and returned home with 13 gold, five silver and two bronze medals.
They were named the overall winners of the competition.
Nchakha told the Weekender they didn’t see the victory coming because the competition was tough.
“We went to Swaziland prepared to win but when we observed the competition we realised we had to work extra hard to win and we are very happy we won,” Nchakha said.
“This is our second win in a regional dance competition and we are now confident that we are ready to represent Lesotho at the World DanceSport Championships in Australia in December.”
He said they are yet to select a coach who will prepare them for the World Championships.
“We have grown together as a couple and our communication and goals drive us hard. We are both passionate about making it big in dance and that motivates us.” Nchakha said
apart from the Open Queen’s Birthday competition, other competitions they participated at in South Africa helped them improve their techniques and physique.
Last year the Magolide DanceSport Championships was won by Botswana.
The Tswanas did not defend their title this time around.
Nchakha and Liphoto are reigning Lesotho 2011 Open Queen’s Birthday DanceSport Championship winners.
The Lesotho Dance Sport Association (Ledasa) public relations officer, Nthethe Sekoli, told the Weekender they are confident that Team Lesotho has developed to meet international standards.
“From this victory, we are planning on sending at least three couples to the World DanceSport championships.
“We have developed drastically. We competed in both closed and open sections and the number of medals we collected in both categories proved that Team Lesotho is getting stronger and there is consistency,” Sekoli said.
He said they have been participating in the competition since 2009 when it opened for other regional countries.
“The competition started with over five countries but the number kept on dropping and from the five countries that confirmed only Lesotho and Mozambique made it to the competition.
“Although the momentum among countries is dying, the couples are becoming more competitive making the competition very tough,” Sekoli said, He said Nchakha and Liphoto’s chance to be coached by a professional dancer would help develop the dance sport.
“We are hoping they will return with skills to help grow the industry and help groom other dancers into professional instructors.”