Shimmy Jiyane has wanted to dance for as long as he can remember.
He has realized his dream with performances in shows with the fabulous Tina Turner and South African stars like Vicki Samson, as well as choreographers Adele Blank, David Matamela, and Debbie Rakusin.
In fact, it was David and Debbie who encouraged Shimmy to excel, recognizing his inherent talents and turning his natural exuberance into quality performances in contemporary jazz and traditional dance.
In 1997, he became a member of Vusa Dance Company’s African Moves, which performed to capacity audiences at the Melbourne International Festival. This was followed in 1998 by a nationwide tour of Australia.
In addition to dancing, Shimmy now choreographs as well; he was recently nominated for an FNB Vita Award and has appeared on numerous stages and TV shows.
His past work with the Gospel groups Joyous Celebration moved him into improving his vocal capacities.
Shimmy has been choreographing Soweto Gospel Choir for many years and his imagination and knowledge of African dance has played an integral part in the success of the choir’s performances.
Although initially brought into the choir as a dancer, Shimmy has become a lead tenor with a hauntingly sweet voice.