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'Dance is me. I am dance,' says Soweto's dauntless Nomsa Manaka

A pioneer of African dance who has been saved by her art form before now looks to it to see her through another trial

17 October 2021 - 00:00

Strips of white underlay and wood chips are all that remain of the Nomsa Manaka Dance Studio in Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Johannesburg. 

Outside the studio, a bedraggled woman smokes. Children are flying a makeshift plastic kite. A cool breeze gives both their township toy and the stench from the green portable toilets impetus...

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