’Mathapelo Letsepe & Pascalinah Kabi
MASERU — The Lesotho Dance Sport Association (Ledasa) will hold a belated Independence Day celebration by holding a competition at the end of this month.
Lesotho marks its independence on October 4 every year.
Ledasa secretary-general Polumo Nchakha said the gala was open to all local dancers.
He said there would be seven categories.
Nchakha said Ledasa was inspired by the history of Lesotho before it got its independence from the British in 1966.
“Lesotho celebrated after it got the independence,” he said.
“We want to celebrate the independence.”
He said this was the first time Ledasa was celebrating independence by holding a dance competition. The competition will be a regular feature on the dance sport calendar every year, he said.
Top dancer Nqosa Setlai said he was confident of doing well with his partner ’Mamashinini Nhlapho at the competition.
“We will do better than we have done in other shows,” he said. “We are going to be the winners.”
Meanwhile, local dance couple Ntsoaki Ntlaloe and Moses Leleka were last Saturday crowned overall winners of the Magolide Challenge “Qhudze Manikiniki Competition” in Matsapha, Swaziland.
Ntlaloe and Leleka were given a trophy and M1 000 for winning the overall accolade.
They took part in the Adult Novice Latin and Pre-Champ Standard sections.
Ntlaloe and Leleka represented Lesotho after they excelled at the Second Open Queen ‘Masenate Dance Competition in June this year.
The couple is currently not registered with any club.
Leleka told Xpress People that they deserved to win although the competition was tough.
“The competition was tough and we worked very hard to achieve this,” Leleka said.
“We won a trophy and M1 000 which is supposed to be shared between the two of us.
“We deserved the title of overall winners.”
He said they were happy with what their seven-month partnership had achieved so far.
“We are happy with our performance and I foresee great achievements in future,” he said.