Thabo Rapoo, Dance

Born in Ga-Rankuwa, North-West of Pretoria, Thabo Rapoo’s dancing career began in 1987 with a Pantsula group called aMajita, incorporating acting with a variation of dance forms. In 1998, he joined Tlokwe Sehume’s band, Medu, where he learnt to play drums and percussion. In 2002 the band was nominated in three categories at the South African Music Awards.

In the same year he was awarded a scholarship to the Johannesburg Dance Foundation where he completed a three-year diploma in dance, covering a wide range of styles. He was taught by the likes of Graham Davies and Eugene Berry. Thabo choreographed a solo for his graduation, which he also performed at the Arts Alive Festival in 2001.

Thabo’s professional dance career began in 2002 when he entered two works in the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella. He subsequently performed his solo, Umdudo, at the FNB Vita Dance and at the Grahamstown National Art Festival in April 2002. He was thereafter invited to join Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) as an aspirant in the same year. 

He currently performs as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. Thabo is an Afro-fusion and contemporary dance teacher to both the company and the Further Education and Training (FET) students at MIDM where he also lectures anatomy and principles of body conditioning.