PROFESSIONAL dancer Karabo Motjale’s secret weapon is the nine years of gymnastics training she performed from primary until high school.
Her dance routines are laced with acrobatics – a difficult feat for those whose physique is on the stiffer side of life. “Acrobatics make it more interesting. It adds to styles because it is not about doing the same thing that everybody does,” says the 20-year-old from Klerksdorp in the North West.
Another of her “strong points” is that she also does a bit of modelling, which according to those with experience teaches you to chill out, relax and not take yourself so seriously, to laugh at shoots and to just be yourself.
The bubbly Karabo, also a second year marketing student at the University of Johannesburg, says her ambition is to become a choreographer.
She admits that she “loves attention” – and that’s why she has a passion for dancing. But, if she were to join the corporate world Karabo would, rather uncharacteristically, prefer to be behind the scenes. Her options include becoming a media or advertising executive.
For now, Karabo prefers to stick to what many “born frees” do. Pack her life with multiple activities and live it to the fullest.
If she is not studying during the week, then on weekends she works as a promoter. She then spends the late nights at Bassline in Newtown where she does her dancing.
In between her “busy schedule” Karabo has also writtenhip hop lyrics.
And just when the interview was about to wrap, she reveals her fascination with guns. “There is something about girls and guns,” she says, citing Zoe Saldana’s 2011 movie, ‘Colombiana’, as her favourite.
Talk about killer dance moves and guns that is Karabo.