Living his life as a dancer, Kraaifontein’s dance extraordinaire, Lee Kotze, says the only way youth can truly be happy is if they follow their dreams and chase after their goals.
Keeping this in mind, he has come to achieve what most dances his age would think is impossible to achieve.
“Before trying to please others start by doing what makes you happy. The rest will follow,” he says.
From the moment he put his dancing shoes on for the first time as a 17-year-old Kotze has performed on many national and international stages and added modelling and fashion design to his profile as well.
Recently he and three of his friends he met in Germany where he currently works as a drag artist on a cruise ship, performed in a show they created themselves.
Excitement would be too much of an understating word to describe the feeling he has for the show.
“Last year was a very difficult time for everyone especially artists of who many had lost their income when productions had to be halted because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he says.
“When production of the shows we were busy with was stopped, as well as the cruise ship I was on, I could not travel home because the travel restrictions were too strict, so I needed to do things.”
This was when he teamed up with three of his Acrobat-artist friends and worked on the project dubbed The Dream Show.
“The shows our company usually create are entertaining and often do not have a deeper meaning to them.
“So we wanted to tell a story and have people get in touch with their emotions,” he explains.
With this objective in mind the production was centred around following one’s dreams and aspirations.
A part of the show focused on the longing for a perfect relationship while another was of a homeless man who just wanted to be a recognised artist.
His role in the play was that of a successful gay businessman who also really wants to be a famous drag queen.
“With the different characters who all have different dreams and aspirations, we wanted the audience to realise the importance of following our hearts desires because that is what humans really need to fully be happy.”
When he is not entertaining on stages of the world, the dancer-turned-model dresses up in designer garments and poses for cameras.
“I enjoy being able to dress up and become someone else for a while. When it is all over I take it all off and carry on with my life.”
Like dancing, modelling has exposed him to many places in the world and different cultures.
“Interacting with other models from all over the world and learning their ways has been interesting. So far it has given me a new perspective on life.”
Although 2020 was a tough year, the drag entertainer recently flew to the Ukraine for a fashion shoot and was featured in a spread for Nataal magazine, an international art and fashion magazine, and was also featured in Riding with Sugar, a local drama film which is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
“But all of this did not come easy, a lot of sacrifices had to be made and I had to keep my eye on the ball and focus on the end goal.”
Some of his future plans include being an influential member of the LGBTQ+ community before settling down in Europe.
But before that - all the world’s a stage.
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