When choreographer Paul Modjadji arrives for our appointment at a busy restaurant in bustling Rosebank in Johannesburg eyes turn his way and there are smiles and nods of acknowledgement. This is rare recognition for a dancer, especially in SA where public admiration is reserved for soapie stars and footballers. But Modjadji is not just another dancer, his achievements in SA, and increasingly in the rest of Africa and abroad, are legendary. The art of dance that is making him a global icon from SA is mainly self-taught — or at least was so at the beginning. "Like other kids in Hammanskraal [outside Pretoria], I first learned how to dance in the streets because we were having fun. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought for one moment, that this was going to be my career. "I have polished my dance talent by attending Tshwane University of Technology as well as furthering my studies in Denmark. But all this was a build-up on what I already had, having first learned to arrange dance m...

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