Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world. It moves and breathes in its own vibrant tempo, creating a safe haven for artists of all eccentricities. Dancers of  all genres flock to this city to spread their wings – literally and figuratively – and together they make Toronto an even more beautiful place.

Pulga Cesar Muchochoma  – Dancers of Toronto

 

  1. What is your earliest memory of dancing?

My earliest memory of dancing was entertaining elders in my community back in Mozambique for fun.

That’s a traditional thing that kids do as a way to maybe get some money for candy by dancing to older people drinking alcohol in the streets.

 

  1. Could you please share a bit about your dance training and aesthetic?

My dance training started in Mozambique with a traditional African dance Company called Montes Namuli.

I came from a soccer background before I fell in love with dance and ever since I started doing traditional dance in Mozambique I told myself that I wanted to try ballet or contemporary Dance.

That happened when I moved to Canada in 2006 and after a long time of training I missed traditional African Dance and I thought the best thing to do is to incorporate those 2 styles of dance together. That’s what I do mostly when I perform my own work now days.

 

  1. What inspires you as a dancer?

What inspires me as a dancer is the freedom of speech that I can express to those that are watching me speaking with my body without the fear of being judged.

I find it very joyful when I make mistakes in my performance practice and that opens doors for me to discover myself more and more…

 

  1. Why does dance matter?

For me Dance matters because it is one of the art forms that sometimes you don’t need training to do it -plus dancing in general is good for the brain, especially here in North America where people are always running around.

If you can find time to just move your body automatically to your favourite music, it’s considered as a good meditation practice also.

 

  1. In your opinion, what is special about the dance scene here in Toronto?

In my opinion what’s so special about the dance scene here in Toronto is the fact that you can get dance styles from all over the world almost in your neighbourhood.

Toronto is a diverse city and that’s one of the gifts that it offers to the dance world and more…

 

  1. What are some things that you’d like to see change/evolve in our dance ecology?

For me the only thing that should change is the financial consideration of this art form.

We use our bodies as a tool for creation and after the age of 40 most dancers will be slowing down but still not being able to financially support themselves.

I don’t know how to solve this issue but I know it is an issue that is real.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself teaching and running my African Dance Classes and probably choreographing and still dancing.

Hopefully by then I will have children of my own to start dancing with them.

Anything related to family is my number one priority before anything else so we will see what I will be in 10 years.

GOD KNOWS!