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Diski Dance Fever

2010-05-28 12:33
The word “Diski” is a common slang term used in South Africa to refer to the colourful game of soccer. An initiative of South African Tourism, “Diski” dancing imitates soccer playing moves and grooves and was created to capture the spirit of South Africa’s rainbow nation. Wendy Ramokgadi, choreographer of the Diski Dance, describes it as “our own township football style”.

South Africa has concentrated massive resources and energy for the last five years on the event that will draw the world’s attention and this served as inspiration for the creation of the Diski Dance. So there are five moves in the diski dance, one for each year.

It seems everyone from Bafana Bafana, to Cabinet Ministers, to university students to corporate organisations and - even the local electronic duo Goldfish - has learned and done the Diski Dance. So how can you crack it? The Diski Dance goes like so:

Step 1: The Juggle
In this move, you juggle your imaginary soccer ball from the left foot to the right and vice versa.
Step 2: The Header
Bounce the ball on your head. Repeat.
Step 3: The Table Mountain
Bending forward with your back as flat as a table while keeping the ball behind your neck.
Step 4 : The Trepa
This move imitates flicking the ball over your head and holding it on your foot after which you kick the ball twice with your right foot. Basically release, hold, and kick the ball!
Step 5: The Bridge
Pass the ball with your right foot over your left foot and back again four times. Then you end the dance by kicking the ball into the net!

Now, string them all together, and you will have mastered the Diski Dance high five! If you don’t have any rhythm, you could always fake an injury to recluse yourself.

Top 6 Diski Dancing tunes:

1. The official world cup song Waka Waka featuring Shakira and our own Freshly Ground.
2. The 2010 SAMA song of the year Big Nuz’s ”Umlilo”.
3. Mandoza’s classic “Nkalakatha”.
4. Arthur’s raunchy “Sike lekeke”.
5. Blk Jks unofficial anthem Zol!.
6. Radio Kalahari Orkes and Jack Parow’s Braaivleis anthem-in-the-making Blaas jou Vuvuzela .

Vuvuzela: check. Bafana supporter shirt: check. South African flag: check. Little Zakumi mascot: check. Diski Dance moves: Uh? Don’t know what Diski Dancing is? Here’s the low down on the dance that’s on everyone’s lips:

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