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Dynamic performer uses fitness to elevate women

Fitness guru, motivational speaker, choreographer, actress and comedian, are some of the many titles fit to describe this dynamic woman who uses her artistry to inspire and motivate other women.

Not only do you need to be in her presence to witness the aura she exudes and the energy she possesses, but all of that can be witnessed on her YouTube page where she posts some of her dance fitness workouts.

Stella Dlangalala has shared the stage with recognisable faces in the industry, from Lihle Msimang to Robby Collins, Nicholas Goliath and many more. The actress’ career in comedy began last year in February when she started touring numerous comedy clubs, in and around Johannesburg, doing stand-up comedy.

Hailing all the way from a small town called Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal, the comedienne has gained a reputation for having exceptional writing skills, especially where theatrical performances are concerned.

“Anything goes when I write my set. I love telling stories because people can always relate and then they laugh, which is cool. We must laugh at ourselves,” she says.

You may have also seen her making a television debut appearance on Emmy nominated 1 Magic telenovela called The River. She describes the experience as epic, since it was her first on-screen appearance. The Shapa Boom Boom Comedy Show – where she tickled the audience’s funny bone at the Joburg Theatre – is another one of her major highlights in addition to her stint on a comedy sketch (which came in the form of a hilarious and feisty cleaner) on Comedy Central’s ‘ASAPeople’. The multi-talented artiste added another milestone to her name when she featured in a line-up of comedians for the Showmax original series Funny People Africa; sharing the stage with well-known comics, Long John and Nicholas Goliath.

With all the success she has earned thus far in the theatre and comedy scene, one may find it hard to believe that her true passion lies in dance and fitness – but her work speaks for itself. In a bid to empower young women, Stella has started her own fitness movement platform called #FitnessWithStella. As a woman who pushes herself to reach her dreams, she is not afraid to push her students with a 2-hour dancethon, encouraging them to go beyond their own limits; a true believer in “letting the body tell the story.”

Her love for dance also earn her the opportunity to choreograph the dance routine on Sampa The Great’s music video for the song OMG. “Working with Sampa has been a really teachable experience because it allowed me to spread my wings. I worked with amazing people and I learned so much. Moving my body to good music is a method of healing. I had a lot of fun,” she explains.

The talented artiste shares her wisdom with women in various motivational speaking gigs. These include Atlas Studios’ Path: Dream Beyond Possibilities, as well as the Queen’s Meet; where the focus is on ‘building the Queendom.’ However, it is through her dance classes where she forms an instant and deeper connection with young women by mentoring them and creating a sisterhood.

Follow Stella’s journey on YouTube by subscribing to her page Stella Dlangalala. You can also contact her on +27 72 902 813.

~ jess@ngcoboempire.co.za

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