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Tauriq to show off his skills to talent scouts

MARCUS T Cirero was a Roman politician and lawyer and once said: “Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability”.

Breidbach Secondary Grade 8 pupil Tauriq May is a self-taught dancer who has received the nod to showcase his skills abroad after his performances impressed the executive director of the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS), Kimberley D Meyers, at the Silverstar Casino in Johannesburg recently.

STEPPING UP: Tauriq May’s dancing skills at auditions in Johannesburg has secured him the opportunity to perform abroad Picture: SUPPLIED

He was subsequently selected to represent South Africa at the International ARTS Talent Showcase 2018 in the United States in July next year.

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity offers young and talented artists the chance to showcase their talents in front of the most influential people, who can provide opportunities to talented individuals.

Tauriq will have the chance to perform for an international panel of agents, record labels, casting directors, managers and producers from Hollywood, Miami, New York City, Atlanta as well as Europe and Asia.

The 14 year-old was scouted by ARTS regional director, Elsubie Verlinden for the International ARTS Talent Showcase during a show hosted at Hoërskool Grens in East London earlier this year.

Verlinden is the director of Just You Model Artist Management and the regional director of the ARTS organisation, that stages auditions with more than 1200 artists throughout South Africa, to ensure that the best talent our country has to offer has the chance to perform to audiences on an international stage in the future.

During the event artists and models performed in four categories namely singing, dancing, acting and modeling.

An elated Tauriq told the GO! he never expected to get the nod after seeing so many talented artists at the event.

“At first I felt nervous with some butterflies in my stomach, but then I told myself, ‘it’s now or never’ and my self-confidence returned,” Tauriq said.

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