When the #jerusalemadancechallenge phenomenon went viral in the early days of the pandemic in 2020, the Lalela team and our students joined in the fun and practiced our dance steps in earnest – some with better coordination than others!
This year we took the challenge even further by creating a choreographed production to present during our Virtual Fundraiser in June. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to share our own rendition of this feel-good line dance set to the uplifting beats of South African DJ Master KG and local singer Nomcebo, whose ‘Jerusalema’ song is now a global hit. Ultimately, the dance challenge was all about connecting people and building communities, which resonates strongly with our own mission at Lalela.
The video features Lalela students and some of our own art facilitators, with filming taking place at Silikamva High School in the township of Imizamo Yethu, Sentinel Primary School in Hout Bay, Disa Primary School in Bonteheuwel, and Philippi Village.
Our deepest gratitude goes out to esteemed choreographer Roxy Levy, who gave so much of her precious time to patiently teach our dance teams the steps and help to oversee the production process along with our Board member, film industry veteran Oliver Nurock.
We are also immensely grateful to cameraman Zeke du Plessis for the tireless hours of shooting he put in and for his generosity of spirit, as well as to the team at Mann Made for their superb editing!