Anuq is 2019’s Iconic Urban Dance Female of the Year

Lentegeur’s Anuq Wilson says that when she was on school, kids use to tell her that she was not pretty and teased her because of how thin she was. Like any great artist, she took that torment and threw it into her art. Today, she is a successful, popular dancer and the 2019 winner of the Iconic Urban Dance Award for Female of the Year.

The aim of the award is to recognise the highest achievers in South Africa’s urban dance industry and the 31-year-old Anuq is most certainly a high achiever.  Not only is she a dancer, but she is also a choreographer, coach and teacher. She has choreographed for and danced for with well-known groups and artists like Black Noise, Ubuntu, Azanian Flames, Angelo van Wyk, Toya Delazy, Khaya Mthetwa, Proverb, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Liquid Deep, Proverb, Lloyd Cele and Nadia Nakai. She is also the owner of The Cypher SA Dance Academy, where she teaches dancing along with teachers, Delron Davids, Bradley Deetlefs and Emmanuel Thlodlana. She was the Dance HOD and Researcher for Step Up Or Step Out and she has performed on shows like IDOLS SA, Big Brother, Miss South Africa, Expresso, The ShowBizz Report, MTV and Channel O.

Despite her success, Anuq is generally very modest and perhaps, her own worst critic. She was nominated last year but she feels that she did not deserve that nomination. She is however very proud of how far she has come and is very grateful for the acknowledgement.

She says that a big part of her success is her late mother, Valda, who instilled a culture of discipline, independence and hard work in her kids. She says that her mom believed in “respect, obedience and good manners”. She says her mom believed in her and encouraged her dreams of becoming a dancer.

Anuq also believes that if you want to go anywhere, you should surround yourself with supportive and positive friends. For Anuq, these friends were Robyn Williams, Nicole Ludolph, Tina Matsimella and Rushdah Hartley. They encouraged her to dance, pushed her to her limits and always wanted the best for her.

For those wanting to achieve their dreams, she advises that the “best way to learn fast is to dive in and drown in it”. She says that to this very day, she is still learning and still attends classes that help her to improve her expertise in dance.

Anuq also believes that you should never aim for small dreams. She says that if your dreams do not scare you, they’re not dreaming big enough. Go big and never give up on your dreams. (edited from an article written by Marscha Leitch)

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