Moeketsi Koena is co-artistic director for Inzalo Dance Theatre Company and dancer, teacher and choreographer with various institutions and dance companies in South Africa and Europe, including the Pretoria Technikon and the Artisjok Nutwintig Youth Organisation in Amsterdam.
Koena’s work as dancer and choreographer, is an original fusion of South African Hip Hop (kwaito), African Dance and Western Contemporary dance. He continues to develop in his interest in finding a way of matching music and dancing in his choreography and teaching.
Koena studied African dance with Jackie Semela, Artistic Director of Soweto Dance Theatre from 1990 – 1993 and during this time completed a one year Community Dance Teachers Training Course, as well as two diplomas for part-time dance training with Moving into Dance. In 1995 and 1996 he studied at the Dance Academy of Tilburg in the Netherlands and from 1997 to 1998 at the Performing Arts Research Training Studios in Brussels in Belgium.
He has attended dance and choreographic workshops with Alfred Hinkel, Debbie Rakusin, Shapiro and Smith Dance Company and Robyn Orlin, as well as with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City and the Bates College Dance Festival in Maine, USA.
Moeketsi has danced, choreographed and/or taught for Soweto Dance Theatre, Moving into Dance, the Pretoria Technikon Dance Department, the Royal Academy of Dance, the FNB Vita Dance Umdoda, the Highveld Schools Festival, FNB Vita Dance Umbrella, the Tilburg Dance Academy and at other venues around the Netherlands and Belgium.
He was nominated twice for Most Promising Male Dancer for Dance Umbrella AA Vita and IGI Vita Awards in 1992 and 1993, and nominated twice for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for the Dance Umbrella FNB Awards, in 1994 and 1995. A third nomination this year, finally earned him the FNB Vita Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer. Koena was subsequently also commissioned by FNB Vita to choreograph for Dance Umbrella 2001.