Two Rwandan hip hop dancers will participate in this year’s edition of Vacancy Challenge dance battle in Douala, Cameroon. The event is scheduled for September 2 in the coastal city.
Considered the largest urban culture competition in Cameroon, this year marks the 12th edition of the competition.
Young dancers Chris Ashton Hirwa and Isaac Shema will represent the country, this is the first time that Rwanda has participated in the competition.
The two, from the Krest Crew, a local dance group, qualified for Vacancy Challenge after emerging winners in a local battle to select Rwandan finalists at Gisimbi’s Place in Nyamirambo in June. The two beat seven other local dance duos to come out the winners. The organizers of Vacancy Challenge sent in their team of judges from Cameroon to officiate the battle.
“They (Vacancy Challenge) work with dancers from East Africa, especially in countries such as Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali. Now they want to include some countries in the South and the East, that is to say Congo Brazzaville and Rwanda, âexplained Hirwa. The competition featured strictly hip hop style dances that combined all hip hop elements.
âThe event is great. These people have been doing this for 13 years. I think it’s a good way to represent our country in Cameroon and to demonstrate that modern dance is alive in Rwanda, even if we are the first and we are only a few years in the game, âexplained Hirwa.
Before leaving for Cameroon, however, Hirwa will first travel to Kampala, Uganda, for this year’s edition of the Batalo dance festival, where he will be among the performers.
The best dance duo in Vacancy Challenge will leave with a bonus of 1000 euros for the winner.