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Impilo Mapantsula:
Pantsula Tanz-Workshop

Impilo Mapantsula:
Pantsula Tanz-Workshop
In English

MaY 25 26 27 | 19.30 H
Jeremy Nedd + Impilo Mapantsula
The Ecstatic
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Accompanying the May 25-27 performances of The Ecstatic, the dancers from Johannesburg's Impilo Mapantsula Dance Company will offer a pantsula dance workshop for amateurs and professionals.

The powerful dance pantsula (translated roughly as “waddle like a duck”) is known for its complex rhythms and virtuos, fast footwork and is part of a subculture that emerged during Apartheid in the townships of Johannesburg. It is still a political dance style that conveys an attitude to life for many young people in the townships and is a symbol of political and personal freedom. The sound of feet stomping on the floor, whistles and voices form the classic “a capella” soundtrack of the dance. It takes elements of tradi-tional South African dances and combines them with elements of clowning, acrobatics and every-day scenes.

The workshop includes a warm-up, an introduction to the dance and its meaning as well as a small choreographic exercise. It is suitable for all levels of prior experience and ages and all movements can easily be adapted to individual needs.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).


  • 120 minutes


  • English spoken language


  • Introduction: Verbal (explanation of Pantsula, expectations/goals of the participants, introduction to dance terms) and physical (dance terms are explained physically)
  • Physical warm-up
  • Middle part: Movements across the room, jumps and turns from corner to corner
  • Climax: Creating a routine/choreography with movements used in warm-up and middle part
  • Stretching and cooling down


  • Loud music is used.


  • Please bring comfortable clothes, sports shoes and something to drink.
  • Pantsula is a fast, smooth dance with lots of footwork and a driving sound. Participants are invited to learn dance steps and move together with the dancers. The movement can be adapted individually.


  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

IMPILO MAPANTSULA is a global network of high-level professional dance artists who specialize in Pantsula, a South African urban dance form. They are a professional organization that promotes the development of Pantsula dance and culture, creates formal standards, and acts as an industry representative. The organization aims to document and protect the living legacy of Pantsula and support dancers in professionalizing and further developing their art. Impilo Mapantsula creates learning opportunities and supports artistic creation and self-expression through educational, artistic and professional programs, with an emphasis on job creation, international collaborations and exchange programs.

© Philip Frowein