Local dance royalty for new series

South Africa’s Tebogo Kgobokoe and Debbie Turner will scrutinise the fancy footwork in Dancing with the Stars SA, alongside Bafta nominee Jason Gilkison, pictured with them.

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BY BILLY SUTER

TWO divas of the dancefloor, ‘SA’s Queen of Dance’, Tebogo Kgobokoe, and teacher extraordinaire Debbie Turner, will bring their years of experience, unique style and sharp comments to judging Dancing With the Stars SA, which starts on DStv’s M-Net (channel 101) at 5pm on Sunday.

They will join international dance champion, renowned reality show judge, choreographer to A-list stars, creative director of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and Bafta nominee Jason Gilkinson, who has been signed up to bring his expertise to the reality show.

“We are honoured that high-in-demand experts like Jason, Tebogo and Debbie have agreed to be part of Dancing With The Stars SA,” says M-Net’s head of publicity,  Lani Lombard. “There will also be a fourth judge whose credentials will add gravitas to the show and the dancers have been handpicked to bring on pizazz, personality and perfect moves. It promises to be an extravaganza of note!”

Tebogo, who is known for her eye for technique, is a popular Latin and Ballroom champion. She is also an acclaimed coach, choreographer and international adjudicator.

Raised as a traditional dancer in the North-West Province, Tebogo has since become a 10-time winner of the South African Professional Latin and Ballroom Championship and seven-time winner of the South African Professional Latin American Championship.With a passion for development and teaching, Tebogo launched the Tebogo Kgobokoe Arts Academy to foster local dance talent.

Debbie launched the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and is the founding artistic director of the renowned Cape Dance Company.Graduates of the school have gone on to illustrious dance careers both in pure dance, such as the Nederlandse Dans Teater, Ballet Black in London, Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, Spectrum Dance Theater in the United States, as well as many others in the musical theatre arena including The Lion King, Cats, We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Evita.

With a background in competitive Latin, Ballroom and neo-classical dance, Debbie has studied and worked with world-famous teachers and choreographers. She is a passionate teacher and visionary, who has gone on to become a key figure in South African dance training.

Both Tebogo and Debbie are thrilled to be part of M-Net’s first season of Dancing With The Stars.

“I love dance in all its guises and genres, and so look forward to the theatrical fun and excitement of it all,” Debbie says. “Seeing celebrities working in other professions introduced and exposed to competitive dance in this wonderful way will be the highlight for me.” 

The series, in which 12 untrained local celebrities compete for the favour of the judges and voting public with the help of highly skilled professional Latin and Ballroom dancers, will run on M-Net for 12 weeks. Eliminations will take place from the third episode and to vote for your favourite pair,  register on mnet.tv/dwtssavote

Dancing With The Stars SA in produced for M-Net by multi-award-winning Rapid Blue and is sponsored by Lottostar. 


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