Three leading choreographers and award-winning dance icons were selected as judges for this year’s edition of the Malta Guinness Street Dance national competition, which took place on the 25th of July at the Kenyatta International Conference Center. The three – Wini Nkinda, Moses “Qqu” Odhiambo and Boneless – were , based on their strong credentials in the hip/hop dance space.
The selection of the three was announced today by Malta Guinness Brand Manager, Irene Gitonga. She said, “In appreciating that street dance is an evolving art form, we have gone through a streamlined selection process, and we are extremely delighted to incorporate Wini, Moses and Boneless in this year’s judging panel”. Their respective achievements, she said, positioned them as the best possible team to zero in on the ultimate winner of the national competition.
Wini, a respected authority in dance choreography, is best known for her acts as one half of the Boomba Girls, a dance duo that featured prominently in local and international musical videos in the early ‘2000’s. She has built up an illustrious career as a professional dance choreographer and is currently running her own dance school and a series of dance programmes for schools across Nairobi.
Moses, who prefers to go by the name Qqu (pronounced kuku) is a multi-talented artiste who cut his teeth in music and dance at the age of 5. He has over the years made his mark as an accomplished dancer, choreographer, set manager and musician, working with a cross section of artistes – among them Eric Wainaina, Amani, Redykyulass, Sheila Mwanyigha, and Sema.
“And our 3rd Judge really needs no introduction when it comes to Street Dance. A veteran Dancer and Choreography, his moves are so profound he must have no bones – that’s why they call him Boneless (a.k.a. Thaddeous Thyaka). He was a Judge at Malta Guinness Street Dance Africa – Kenya 2008; so also brings this experience to the Panel” irene added.
The three artistes will have the arduous task of selecting Kenya’s best street dance group, and representatives to the Malta Guinness Street Dance International competition, which is scheduled to take place in Nairobi in September this year.
The Malta Guinness Street Dance judges will work along defined criteria that assess dance routines, choice of music, wardrobe selection as well as team dynamics. The competition is open to dancers above the age of 18 years. Registration is ongoing, To qualify for the auditions, teams have to meet the defined criteria, as well as complete an entry form, which is available in the special edition Malta Guinness Six Pack on sale at all leading retail outlets across the country.