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"Maine, a native of South Africa,

has developed a rich and distinctive movement idiom

that draws from both modern and traditional African dance."

~ The Washington Post/Monday, November 22 2010

“Humor and lightness shared the stage equally with power and ferocity.”

 ~ The Washington Post

“Inspirational figure”

~ Carmel Morgan, Ballet Dance Magazine

“In Lesole Maine's versatile moves, a bit of South African artistry” 

~ Sarah Halzack, The Washington Post Monday, December 14, 2009

“The Lesole’s Dance Project performed high-energy African dance numbers at the 69th annual Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral. The springtime festival honored the Cathedral Centennial and the Republic of South Africa.” 

~ Bill Petros, The Current Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"South African native Lesole Maine is effervescent in "Sebenza (Work),"

a theatrical and funny take on the traditional gumboot dance." 

~ Lisa Traiger, The Washington Post, June 2nd, 2006


“ Powerful Messages from the Streets of South Africa” 

~ Lisa Traiger, The Washington Post/Monday, August 8, 2005

"The Lesole’s Dance Company…..had the audience on the edge of their seats with

the mix of hip-hop, Gumboots, modern and Afro-Fusion dance styles.”

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~ Toni Chan, The Hoya/Friday, April 15, 2005

“ In 'Uqinisufokotho', Maine incorporated traditional and contemporary styles,

while struggling to reconcile the calls of the drum and kudu horn,

each instrument representing a different South African tribe.” 

~ Clare Croft, The Washington Post

"A bright presence among the NY2 dancers was Lesole Maine; he's from South Africa."

~ November 10, 2003 ©George Jackson


“ Lesole Maine choreographed and performed Uqinisufokutho, translated as Brace Yourself. Set to recorded music entitled “When Strangers Meet” from Silk Road Journeys performed by Yo Yo Ma, the work ambitiously attempts to portray a meeting of two different African cultures that are separately called by kudu horn (looking something like a ram’s horn) and drum. The subtle lighting created from this piece was particularly effective in creating a warm and intimate landscape for the dancer. Maine provided a standout dance performance evoking touches reminiscent of Martha Graham’s and Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring angles ...." 

~ Kerren Alenier\

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