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2010 Diski

Isaac Kpelle/Twenty Ten

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa’s official tourism promotion agency has set out to capture the nation’s spirit in a dance, the Diski Dance. Diski is common in South African slang for the game of football, and is a uniform routine that showcases the nation's passion for the sport. The concept of the Diski Dance is to show the country’s welcoming spirit as a nation. The dance has been endorsed by FIFA as the official dance of the 2010 World Cup.

Choreographer, Wendy Ramokgadi, is the original choreographer of the Diski Dance.

DISKI PROJECT SCRIPT

We came up with this name as diski because we want to show the world that we actually are passionate about soccer.

This thing is somehow God saying to the world out there, just this guy because everybody on this planet has been created for a reason, so God send us down here for a reason and he said Wendy will leave a legacy out there of a dance.

For the very first time, in the history, I don’t know may be in the history, I’m not sure in the history of the world cup I think that will be the first time that our fans get to the be part of the opening ceremony, the sing along, they dance along you can imagine.

INTERVIEW WITH WENDY(CHOREOGRAPHER)

1. HOW DO YOU THINK IT IS GOING TO BE LIKE ON THE OPEN DAY, IN THE STADIUM WITH EVERYONE DOING THIS DANCE?

ANSWER:
I’m positive that the atmosphere is gonna be great, I think everybody is looking forward to the opening ceremony of this World Cup and everybody again around the world globally they’ve been practicing, I’m sure a lot of them have downloaded this from u-Tube, the diski dance, and they are looking forward doing it here in South Africa come the opening day of this event.

2. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN PUTTING THIS DANCE TOGETHER?
ANSWER:
Right now all I can say is that, the people that I have so far trained are rounded the nine provinces and everybody like where I go and teach people they get to get other people and teach them as well so right now I got thousands of people already that are doing this diski dance, because we get to do all corporate event as well, they are corporate people, the people from the corporate world, they’ve been learning the dance, we been performing like I said, minimum performance we have in the week is about four ,four performances minimum, we are hectic.

3. SO YOU ARE HOPING THE WHOLE WORLD IS GOING TO BE PERFORMING THE DANCE?
ANSWER: The whole world will be performing this dance, I think, even people on the stands will get to get up and get to the stream of things and do it on their seat.

4. CAN ONE DO THE DANCE WITH FOOTBALL?
Yes, the think is that all the moves we see there are the moves that are applicable in soccer, it just not moves from anywhere, if you take for instead the first moves that we do we do this, the soccer ball is between your feet there, your diski there we just flip it off and it comes up (bad sound)

5. WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES, DO YOU THINK THIS WILL MAKE ANY IMPACT IN YOUR LIFE; SO FAR AS THIS DANCE AND THE WORLD CUP IS CONCERNED?
ANSWER: There is something that I have been craving for all my life especially after winning the bid to host the World Cup in 2004 I said to myself you know as a specialist in ceremonies and mercy place all I want to do is to see myself going around the country, going to all those cities (bad sound).

God is amazing, all I can say I got this through the mercy of God because, I think he was on my side, he knew exactly what I wanted to do with this.

I mean, this is our thing the whole continent has to do the diski dance, its African, its not only about us South African but its for the whole continent because we are representing the whole continent, and we try to make it as African as possible and this how we play soccer in our country, in our continent, our soccer is rhythmic that is why we say to the world come and feel the rhythm of Africa, come and experience the spirit of togetherness, the spirit of ubuntu right here in Africa because Africa is very rich in dance tradition .

So let say to the world come to our beautiful continent and experience this.

6. DO YOU THINK THIS CAN IMPROVE YOUR FINANCIAL STATUS?
Actually my status at the moment now through diski dance is growing tremendously. This thing is somehow God saying to the world out there, just this guy because everybody on this planet has been created for a reason, so God send us down here for a reason and he said Wendy will leave a legacy out there of a dance, something that the world has to see, so I am just grateful right now to God actually to say to have given me this opportunity and something that really took me by surprise and never though it was gonna be this big.

For the very first time, in the history, I don’t know may be in the history, I’m not sure in the history of the World Cup I think that will be the first time that our fans get to the be part of the opening ceremony, the sing along, they dance along you can imagine, but one thing for sure I don’t know may be on the day, because of excitement and whatever, I will have a nervous break down or maybe I will lose consciousness because of excitements but one thing that I know there will be tears of joy, I’m going to cry on the day and say to God you know what thank you so much, I think I played my part and if you can please give me some more, I still need another chance, give me more and say to the world and show the world what you made me to be on this planet.


DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DISKI DANCE?

ANSWERS:

FOOTBALL FANS: We don’t know.

LADY: Dance for the World Cup?, no, I don’t know.

This is our thing the whole continent has to do the diski dance, its African, its not only about us South African but its for the whole continent because we are representing the whole continent.

Our soccer is rhythmic that is why we say to the world come and feel the rhythm of Africa, come and experience the spirit of togetherness, the spirit of ubuntu right here in Africa.

I’m positive that the atmosphere is gonna be great, I think everybody is looking forward to the opening ceremony of this world cup and everybody again around the world globally they’ve been practicing.

WHAT IS DISKI DANCE?

ANSWER: I’m sure a lot of them have downloaded this from u-Tube, the diski dance, and they are looking forward doing it here in South Africa come the opening day of this event.

Right now all I can say is that, the people that I have so far trained are rounded the nine provinces and everybody like where I go and teach people they get to get other people and teach them as well.

WHAT IS DISKI DANCE?

Football fans dancing.

My status at the moment now through diski dance is growing tremendously.

One thing for sure I don’t know may be on the day, because of excitement and whatever, I will have a nervous break down or maybe I will lose consciousness because of excitements.

I know there will be tears of joy, I’m going to cry on the day and say to God you know what, thank you so much, I think I played my part and if you can please give me some more, I still need another chance, give me more and say to the world, and show the world what you made me to be on this planet.

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