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Hillary dances through it all

by Rosalia David

A local dancer and choreographer Hillary Shiimi has been lighting up stages since primary school and has taken Namibia by storm with her authentic dance style.

Although the passionate dancer started off as an Oshiwambo cultural performer, she has taken on a new challenge to lead one of the most prominent dancing groups in the country named Equipped Dancing Academy.

Hillary has been dancing with this troupe for five years now and says she never imagined herself dancing alongside many other talented dancers like Stanley Mareka who is the founder of the Academy.

“I started dancing ever since I was in primary school and that time I used to only specialise in the Oshiwambo cultural dance, and it inspired me to realise what else I can do. After a while I moved on to hip-hop. It was quite challenging for me to switch from cultural dance to hip-hop however it inspired me to keep going,” she said.

Although she has been dancing for many years, she says the spotlight turned on for her in 2013 when she joined the academy.

She has said that being a woman in such a competitive industry is not easy, however, “it all takes discipline, hard work and dedication to make it”.

Watch the full interview on in video