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Dancing With The Stars

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is an incredible programme that brings established creatives in various fields - film, visual arts, music, architecture, literature, theatre and dance - together with up-and-comers from all over the world for a year of one-on-one mentoring and skill-sharing.

We were excited to hear that this year, out of a whole globe of potentials, a South African creative was selected as one of the final seven lucky young talents. Londiwe Khoza is a 22-year-old dancer from Cape Town whose work in classical and contemporary dance at the Cape Dance Company, Joburg Ballet and other international dance festivals caught the attention of those working in her field, who nominated her for the prestigious programme.

She will be mentored by dance master Ohad Naharin from Israel. Mentors of the other protégés include Sir David Chipperfield, Mia Couto, Alfonso Cuarón, Philip Glass, Joan Jonas and Robert Lepage.

londiwe Londiwe Khoza with mentor Ohad Naharin at the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv

Head of Philanthropy at Rolex Rebecca Irvin explains that the programme aims to showcase a diverse range of talent from across the world. 'Over the next year, each of the seven new protégés will have the invaluable benefit of a personal working relationship with a recognised master in his or her field. By the end of the cycle, they will all have become members of the global family of remarkable artists,' she says.

Each protegé will also receive a grant of 25 000 Swiss francs (over R380 000) to supplement an original piece of work to be showcased at the Rolex Arts Weekend at the end of the mentoring year.

We can't wait to see what Londiwe and the other young talents have to show, and we're proud to see another local going on to do great creating things abroad.

You can find out more about the programme at