News: Leroy Mokgatle on life at the Art of Motion School

Monday 1 February 2016 by Denise Drake

Leroy Mokgatle
Photo: Eliott Franks/Royal Academy of Dance

Lee Mokgatle is in his fourth and final year at the Art of Motion School in Johannesburg.

“Winning the Genée International ballet competition at Sadler’s Wells last year was a complete surprise. I was dancing my heart out, and for a minute or two forgot it was a competition. I was dancing for the audience, not for the medal. In one section, we had to dance an original solo. Esmé Hoffmann, who runs the school, created Freedom the Tribute for me: it is set to a song about Nelson Mandela which says “I’m looking for freedom”. It really touched me. I may be small, I might not have the most extended feet or longest legs – but I have what I have, and when I’m on stage I’m in my own world.”

Read the full interview in The Guardian, 26 January

This interview with Lee Mokgatle is part of The Guardian’s Dancer’s Diary series

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