Tumi Tladi dances with the Smith family in LAJT Communication Solutions
South African Tumi Tladi is taking Los Angeles in his perfectly-choreographed stride, dancing with Will Smith and his family on a music video.
Talented dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Tumi Tladi's resume reads better than that of seasoned entertainment professionals. With credits that include Idols SA 2011, the Mk Awards, performing as part of the coveted LA Carnival Choreographers and being selected as a South African Red Bull Ambassador, it took barely a month for him to add another feather to his cap by stealing the limelight as part of Jaden and Willow Smith's music video, children of celebrity couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
When Kumari Suraj (So You Think You Can Dance choreographer), Nick Demoura (Justin Bieber's dancer and choreographer at Millennium Dance Complex), Brice Professor Lock (revered pop queen Madonna's dancer) and Tony Czar, who is a dancer for R&B superstars Usher and pop princess Britney Spears, invited Tladi to be part of a three-month residency at Los Angeles' Debbie Reynolds performing arts centre and dance studio, even they had no idea that he would make a name for himself so quickly, especially with such high profile names at the Smith family.
The youngest member of the famed Tladi clan - a family that has built up a formidable reputation in the local entertainment industry - is fast becoming known as the freshest South African dancing talent to hit US stages, television screens and music video shoots. Tladi's unmatched moves and his ability to fuse diverse dance genres guaranteed that he will be the first dancer and choreographer to be called soon.
"I had the honour of being in one of the music video's main scenes with the Smith children Willow, Jaden, Jade and Trey. The Smiths were so impressed that I was granted a rare chance to execute a solo performance where I incorporated hip hop and isbujwa. Jada Pinkett was particularly blown away, giving me a 10 out of 10 rating, and I ended up choreographing a few steps for her, all in her high heels!" enthuses Tladi.
Ever a philanthropist and patriotic South African, Tladi has pledged to use this valuable exposure to promote the untapped talent that lies dormant back in his country of birth.
"Will Smith mentioned to me that he goes to South Africa regularly because they love the culture and energy. He added that I'm blessed to be part of such an amazing country and I agreed fully. That is why I am using this opportunity to let influential industry players know that our country is waiting to prove just how world-class our dancing and choreography is. But I must add that none of this would've been possible without the assistance of Cedric Gardner from So You Think You Can Dance and my manager, Craig Bullock. They believed in me from the moment I hit the ground running in L.A," says Tladi.
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