|Johannesburg – Monday, 05 August 2019: Cape Town‘s 26 year-old Lee-Shane Booysen has been crowned the 2019 Red Bull Dance Your Style champion and is headed for the European street dance mecca in Paris where he will be representing Mzansi; battling over 30 talented street dancers from around the globe.
Lee-Shane secured the chance to compete for a life-changing opportunity when he proved to be a phenomenal street dancer, with unmatched improvisational skills, reining victorious and outmatching 15 other dancers from various regions across South Africa. The regional qualifiers took place in Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg which culminated in the Red Bull Dance Your Style national finals at Johannesburg’s Newtown Music Factory (former Baseline), this past Saturday.
“This is a big moment for me, and I am excited to be the one heading to Paris to represent South Africa,” commented Lee-Shane. ” A part of me still cannot believe I have won because I thought the competition at regional level was tough, but the finals were tougher.”
After more than 60 events held in more than 30 countries all over the world, the global street dance battle will bring together only the most exceptional talented dancers to compete at the first-ever World Final. The big decider will take place on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France.
Lee-Shane will be accompanied by Soweto‘s Teboho Diphehlo, who won the first Red Bull Dance Your Style in 2018, when he won the crowd over with moves that went beyond his trademark pantsula style.
“Congratulations to Lee-Shane, he deserved it and good luck to the other dancers who made it to the finals – they too did very well,” said Diphehlo. “We as dancers have different approaches when it comes to dancing; some do it for fun, others for healing, tell stories and educate, but if you want to win Red Bull Dance Your Style, you have to impress the audience nothing more or less.”
Sustaining the universal novelty of the competition, the Paris leg of Red Bull Dance Your Style will continue giving freedom to dancers, by allowing them to completely express their skills and personality through one-on-one battles. There’s no planned choreography – dancers will have to thrill and rock the audience by quickly adapting their chosen style to surprising tunes, from recent global hits to old time classics. Whoever shows off the coolest steps in interaction with rhythm, lyrics and instruments, and manages to wow the crowd and win their vote, will become a crowned winner.
Red Bull wants all dance fans to be a part of the Global Red Bull Dance Your Style; an opportunity for locals to show their best dance moves, and subsequently form part of the longest dance video ever created. Dancers can submit their videos onhttps://danceyourstyle.redbull.com/en-za, where one lucky person will stand a chance to win an exclusive trip to the World final in Paris, joining Lee-Shane Booysen and Teboho Diphehlo.
This consumer activation has opened and entries will close on Saturday, 31 August 2019.