South Africa’s World Cup "Diski Dance": straight from the pitch
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In order to be considered a fully fledged South Africa supporter in the upcoming World Cup, you must wear yellow and green at all times, know how to blow your vuvuzela very loudly, and most importantly, be able to dance the "Diski Dance". Read more and learn how...
The Diski Dance performed at Stellenbosch University. Photo posted on Flickr.
In order to be considered a fully fledged South Africa supporter in the upcoming World Cup, you must wear yellow and green at all times, know how to blow your vuvuzela very loudly, and most importantly, be able to dance the "Diski Dance".
With less than 50 days to go to the World Cup, supporters of the Bafana Bafana (South Africa's national team) are getting in the swing of things by practicing the Diski Dance. "Diski" means "football" in township slang, and it truly is a Diski dance - if you know a few football moves you're already in there.
The official Diski Dance video, produced by the South African Tourism Board.
Dancing the Diski at work
Dancing the Diski at school
Posted by the South African Tourism Board. Demonstrating the Diski Dance in a school in cape Town.
“Even ladies in their seventies enjoy doing the Diski”
Lynn Lea is a dance teacher with the Come Dancing school in Pietermaritzburg, north-west of Durban.
Diski is the official line dance for the 2010 Football World Cup. It is based on soccer moves and has the energy, passion and rhythm of African football. The music for the dance is very rhythmic and typical of South Africa. It's a very funky dance!
If you want to dance it, you have to imagine playing football. For example, for the move that's been christened "Table Mountain", a name inspired by the flat peak of the mountain that overlooks Cape Town, you have to open your legs, lower your chest, catch the ball and then roll it on the back of your neck.
The official coach for the Diski Dance, Philip Gumede, initially came to my studio to teach the dance to myself and a group of my students. I now teach the Diski myself and it is very popular, especially with my Junior and Teen classes. Even ladies of all ages (some in their seventies) in my line dance classes are enjoying doing the Diski."
Photo: Nicky Rehbock. Posted on Flickr by Brand South Africa. Factory workers in Johannesburg dance the Diski and blow their vuvuzelas.
Photo: Nicky Rehboc. Posted on Flickr by Brand South Africa.
Photo posted on Flickr. Stellenbosch University students practice the Diski Dance.