Free dance lessons in Durban thanks to the passion of Sherwin Green

From backyard dance challenges to hosting free dance lessons for Durban’s youth at the famed BAT Community Arts Centre, Sherwin Green is giving back in a big way.


At the age of 21, Sherwin Green has managed to work with acclaimed brands like Mr Price, Discovery and Toughees – to name a few – simply because of her burning passion for dancing. He tops all of these milestones by opening free dance classes at the BAT Center, located in the underbelly of the city of Durban.

When the first wave of COVID-19 hit us in 2020, the world was mostly digital and we were all connected through things like dance. Green, who grew up in Wentworth, was one of the people who was already a mover and he and his friend thought about starting the hashtag ‘#031heat’ with other dancers in his community, to connect them with other dancers in other parts of the country through challenges and other trending songs and moves.

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What started in his garden with his friend August turned into a dance class he gives to young people at Durban’s famous community arts centre.

He admits that all of this doesn’t come from idleness and hoping for things to happen.

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Hear how it all started:

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The young dreamer definitely goes places with the kind of passion and energy he has. Now, we’re all wondering how he ended up with that gig, leading budding young dancers to their dreams at the BAT Center?

“Sometimes, you know, views don’t pay the bills and likes and subscribers don’t actually pay the bill,” he shared. That’s when he decided to end social media dance challenges and took the plunge into what he admits he feared at first.

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Sherwin’s dreams are to dominate the arts internationally. He wanted a step that would bring him closer to that aspiration. What crossed his mind is “What can I do to make my name even bigger?”

“I just thought to myself, just let me start dancing lessons.”

It wasn’t as easy as we said, there were a few people who took it to this national platform.

Hear how he is a sponsored resident choreographer at the BAT Center:

The sky is definitely the limit for Sherwin Green.

He hopes to have junior classes, as well as adult classes. For now, these are the intermediate classes.

Listen to Sherwin Green’s full podcast:

Visit the BAT Center on Saturdays from 4-7 p.m. if you want to participate.

You can also find Sherwin on Instagram: @sherwinmarkgreen.


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