Paul Modjadji is a two-time world dance champion and recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship award through President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. He is one of South Africa most acclaimed dance stars and made history by becoming the first South African to win the Dance Star World Championships, in the solo jazz category, in Croatia in 2011. Following his trailblazing achievement, he was crowned Top Dancer in the world by Talent America Showcase in New York in 2013.
As an ambassador for the European Star Dance Union, Modjadji has helped expand art education across the world and pushed for dance to be seen as a sport as well as an art form.
Modjadji choreographed Africa’s first dance film, “Hear Me Move”, as well as several high-profile awards shows including the SA Sport Awards, Namibian Annual Music Awards and MTV Africa Music Awards. He also had the honour of choreographing works for two presidents at the closing ceremony of the South African Year In China event.
When not choreographing or teaching dance, Paul leads the non-profit “Leaders Who Dare To Dream Foundation” which he founded with the aim of extending arts education and leadership skills to townships across South Africa. Founded in 2011, the foundation is a youth development leader, hosting workshops, conferences and youth discussions worldwide.
Between August 2016 and June 2017, he visited ten African countries including Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda as part of his flagship Paul Modjadji Breaking Down Borders Africa Tour. The tour, which will be the subject of an upcoming documentary film, concluded with the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit.
The now annual gathering brings together young leaders from over 30 African countries for a week-long conference during Africa month. This year’s summit was held for the second time in Gauteng, South Africa with the goal of fostering youth collaboration, networking and partnerships.
Modjadji had been recognised for his rich contribution to philanthropy, dance and leadership with several prestigious awards including the Global Young Leaders Award, the South African Youth Award and the Inyathelo Philanthropy Award.
He also serves as the official brand ambassador for the City of Tshwane, South Africa’s capital city.