South African dancer Kalon Badenhorst, who rose to prominence as a 12-year-old finalist on SA’s Got Talent in 2009, is taking centre stage on international stages. Now, at 24 years old, Badenhorst is playing the lead role in Channing Tatum’s popular show, Magic Mike Live, Las Vegas.
KALON BADENHORST, THE YOUNG DANCER
Durban-born Kalon Badenhorst discovered his love for dance as a 10-year-old boy in Johannesburg and quickly progressed through the competitive ranks in a range of styles.
Badenhorst won several world championship titles and at 12, he entered the first season of SA’s Got Talent, where he was one of the final six acts.
He has since performed in several musicals including Bodyguard das Musical in Vienna, Austria and Prince of Egypt in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TAKE A LOOK AT KALON BADENHORST ON ‘SA’S GOT TALENT’
KALON BADENHORST RISES IN ‘MAGIC MIKE LIVE’
Magic Mike Live was conceptualised by American actor Channing Tatum after the success of the first two Magic Mike movies. After playing Mike at Magic Mike Live, Berlin, Kalon Badenhorst was asked to play the lead role in the Las Vegas show. The talented dancer says playing Mike in Las Vegas has been “quite an experience”.
“Vegas is quite a place and very much like you see in the movies. It’s crazy how popular it is as an entertainment destination,” he said.
“I have really enjoyed this three-month stint in the Las Vegas show. When I played Mike in the Berlin show, all my lines were in German, which I became pretty comfortable with, but here in Vegas, it’s obviously English, my home language.”
“Because there’s a lot of humour in the show, it’s easier to pick up nuances and innuendo in English.”
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DAZZLING AUDIENCES IN LAS VEGAS
Magic Mike Live co-director and co-choreographer Alison Faulk said the team was excited to meet Badehorst at the auditions in Berlin because he encompassed “so many dynamic qualities”.
“He was so amazing in our Magic Mike Live show in Berlin, that when we needed to find a long-term cover for our Mike in Vegas, he was our first choice,” added Faulk.
“We are beyond proud of him for the incredible work he is doing and so impressed!”