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Sne Mbatha

Full / Real Name: Snenhlanhla Mbatha
Born: 04 March 1992 (29 years old)
Gender: Female

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Sne Mbatha is a South African dancer who rose to fame as one of the Top 16 contestants on the second season of the SABC1 reality competition So You Think You Can Dance, in 2010.

So You Think You Can Dance Q&A

City
Durban

Profession
Student and Sales assistant at Kodak Express

Dance history
She is a natural dancer that grew up following Janet Jackson until krumping came along. At first her mother hated her krumping but eventually she won her over. She joined a dance school called Dance Direction International when she was 15. In 2008, at the age of 16, she released two krump video clips of her dancing.

Why should she be SA's favourite dancer
She is trying to send out a message to hip hop people that you don't have to be perfectly trained to enter this kind of competition. She would like to show her God given talent and celebrate it.

Favourite dance genre
Old school hip hop

What would Snenhlanhla do with the prize money?
She hopes to work on her grandparent's house and support the rest of her family or maybe even invest in a dance school.

What makes her stand out in the competition?
She fuses old school and modern hip hop together, with a bit of Mzansi style.

Family background
Her mother thought krumping was going to make her look bad because she would krump in baggie shorts. She never wanted to hear a word about krumping, but now she is used to it and lives it. A lot of her support comes from her mother and sister.

Audition process
She auditioned in her city, Durban, and recalls the experience as rough at first but ended up as a perfect day. She was at the mall alone by 6:45am, with no music and an unfinished sequence. At 9am she walked 30 minutes to fetch her cd from her agent and went back to the BAT Centre to find out that her unprepared sequence had put her through to the next round.

Profession if not dancing
Since she is good with her hands she would study Arts, Graphic Designing or Beauty Therapy.

Impression of the South African dance scene
She thinks South Africa's dance scene with its growing number of dance competitions and schools is very progressive and is reaching the bar that FAME the musical has. People are travelling in and out of South Africa to perform, which makes dance a big thing in S.A.

What would winning So You Think You Can Dance mean to Snenhlanhla?
Challenges are a good thing. So You Think You Can Dance throws a lot of challenges into the mix and winning would mean she is a strong dancer. It would mean the world to her.

Inspiration
Janet Jackson, Ciara and Lorcia Cooper

Challenges faced
Losing her dad, she was still young and lost her dad when she needed him the most.

What makes her happy
She describes herself as a happy girl, just about anything makes her happy. Dancing makes her happy and getting anybody to talk her pain out makes her feel better.

Message for potential fans
Nothing is impossible if you pray, work, push and believe in it. You shouldn't ground yourself to one thing, spread your wings and explore. Something big might come your way, something you really need.

South African charity close to her heart
None yet, although she is looking forward to working for charity. Just to give back and spread the word of dance.


Television Roles

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Zinhle

Contestant - Herself


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