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South Africa’s Vibrant Street Dancers Decked Out In Dickies


Photographer Chris Saunders was recently featured in an article by VICE magazine on the Pantsula culture in South Africa. The article features beautiful photos that are currently on display at UCLA's Fowler Museum in LA. The article tells the heartfelt stories of these young men making a different kind of living in their Dickies.

"Pantsula crews use the Johannesburg townships' bustling streets as the stage for their energetic, technical footwork, which has roots in American forms like swing, tap, and breakdancing, but also a combination of South Africa's traditional dances including Zulu and many others.

The movement is typically soundtracked by electronic music that recalls house and dance rhythms. Vibrantly colored workwear and sneakers are the crew's uniform of choice — specifically, Dickies and Converse, accessible, durable, and adaptable garments to move in."  Read more here.

'Pantsulas 4 Lyf' is on view at the Fowler Museum at UCLA through May 7, 2017. 'Pantsula: Dance for Life' is available for pre-order here.


VICE magazine


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