"In Johannesburg's townships, #pantsula isn't just a dance, but a way of life. With precise and technical footwork, dancers use hectic city streets as their stage. "The guys are trying to spread a message of better living through the dance," said @mrmofosaunders, who has spent 6 years documenting pantsula #dancers — like the members of the Rea Iketsetsa, pictured here in #Soweto in their signature style. Like many art forms rooted in street culture, pantsula performances are typically responses to cultural and political issues. In the mid-1980s, when a state of emergency was declared in South Africa, pantsula — which was influenced in part by early B-boy culture — allowed dancers to bond over their shared experiences under apartheid.
We'll share more photos by @mrmofosaunders later this week. But first, it's time for a #dancebreak. #lensblog" By nytimes on Instagram.
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