When you hear about Musa Motha and his mix of talents and skills, it is hard to describe him in just a few words. And when you see him performing, it can take your breath away. Musa is a full-time professional dancer, choreographer, and motivational speaker. He is also a cancer survivor. As a performer with one leg, he wants to inspire other people who live with disability and break down social stereotypes. Today, he tells us his story, rich with personal interests, a clear vision and a rapidly growing successful career.
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
I am South African and in 2006, when I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with bone cancer, as a result of which my left leg had to be amputated. Before this tragic event, I was into soccer and dreamed of one day becoming a professional player. After my illness, I had to accept that I would not be able to pursue this dream. However, I believed that when one door closes, there is certainly always a window left open.
Once I had finished the necessary treatment and recovery programme, I decided to start focusing on dance. This was back in 2010 and I have been dancing ever since. I began with hip-hop and Pantsula, a form of street dance which originated in the South African townships.
In 2018, I started a professional dancing career with Vuyani Dance Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg. This is where I have learned a whole lot more about dance, including ballet, classic, modern and contemporary dance, Afro fusion, tapdancing and other dance genres. Currently, I am freelancing and have been working with a number of international artists.