Dancer Tladi set to wow LA
Tumi Tladi is impressing dance lovers all over the world with his fearless and self-assured moves.
Tladi, who has been lauded by the who's who of the dance world for his skill, has won a number of competitions locally and internationally.
He has also danced in Germany, United Kingdom and United States.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the hard-working dancer is now off to Los Angeles.
The 19-year-old - son of T-Musicman founder and chief executive Peter Tladi - is going to showcase his dancing skills at the annual LA Carnival.
Tumi's father is also the brains behind the world-famous Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival.
The three-month long LA Carnival show will take place at the Edge Performing Arts Centre in West Hollywood.
The show is a choreographers' ball that boasts the biggest names in the dance industry.
Tladi, who will be based in LA from August 3 until October 30, will not only showcase his skills as a dancer and choreographer but will also teach his international audience about the art, history and techniques of South African dance.
The only South African dancer in the group, Tladi is regarded so highly that he has caught the eye of internationally recognised dance practitioners like Americans Kumari Suraj, Nick Demoura, Brice Professor Lock and Tony Czar.
Tladi is prolific in a number of dance genres such as hip hop, lyrical and new school.
Tladi said: "I am proud to be representing my country at such a big event. I am honoured to have been recognised by people I think highly of such as Kumari, Nick and Brice, who invited me to the event. It's an absolute honour for me to have been singled out for my expertise and be elevated to a level where I can represent my country.
"I represent decades of South African dance heritage that is manifesting itself in forms such as bujwa, pantsula and many others. I must add that I am particularly excited about the opportunity to impart a piece of our culture through dance.
"I know that the Americans will embrace what we have to offer.
"The dance industry has always given recognition to more established and mature dancers and choreographers.
"This opportunity also serves the role of highlighting just how much undiscovered talent there is in South Africa.
"This is my chance to prove that we have developed so much that we now have the opportunity to represent South Africa on an international level," Tladi said.
He is also the founder of the Happy Feet Society Educational Movement of Dance and chief executive of T. Definition Films.