Keoikantse ‘Keo’ Motsepe was born on November 24, 1989 in Pretoria, South Africa.
At the age of 5, Keo knew what he wanted his future to look like. He had already started showing skills and interest in dancing.
“A friend of mine tried to get me to play soccer when I was 5 years old, but I had two left legs with soccer.”
“…there was a dance school, and I was like, ‘I’ll try this.’ On the first day I walked in, I just fell in love with it. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. This is going to be my life.’”
By 14, he had started taking it a little more seriously. Keo would enter for any dance competition he came across.
Keo did not just enter the competition, he always came tops in them. He did not spare any national dance title back home in South Africa.
From 2004 to 2014, Keo Motsepe and his dance partner Otlile Mabuse were South Africa’s undefeated Latin American Dance Champions of all times. The duo were the face of South Africa in several international competitions. In 2010, the two represented SA in the World Latin Championships in New York.
What started out a s a fun activity became a step by step progression to his present career as a professional dancer.
Keo’s talent comes to life the most when it comes to Latin and Ballroom dances. As a choreographer, he also has his way with contemporary dance moves.
His first TV appearance was performing as a professional guest on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa in 2013.
The record breaking dancer made history when he became the the first black professional dancer on the Dancing with the Stars show. The milestone achievement of joining the cast of professional dancers on the show was announced in 2014.
Before the announcement, Keo was already working on a Norwegian Cruise Line in Miami as a dancer.
Earlier in 2012, he was the first South African to join the “Burn the Floor” World Tour.
According to ABC, Keo was such a natural at his dancing job with the Burn The Floorteam. It was not long before became the male principle dancer in the cast. He was said to be handpicked to do a solo performance during the show’s residency at the Shaftesbury Theatre on the West End.
Keo says his dancing career has taught him how to treat and respect women. He says dancing made him realize he could “be that decent guy that a girl can dream of.”
“I grew up with two sisters, my mom and my dance partner’s family. I’ve seen how they’ve been treated in relationships. Dancing teaches you how to treat a woman. With Latin and ballroom dancing, there are two people in that situation; it’s not just about you.”
“When you’re a man dancing, you’re leading the woman; I’m the frame and she’s the picture. She’s all the beauty, and you’re just there for her. “
The media is keeping its ears to the ground to know who the lucky girl would be when he quits his single status. The SA star has been described as a private person who keeps his affairs out of the public eye.
Keo Motsepe’s Dancing With The Stars Appearances
- Season 19– Paired with Olympic athlete Lolo Jones. They were eliminated in the 1st week of the competition at 13th position.
- Season 20– Paired with model Charlotte McKinney. They were eliminated in the 3rd week at 11th position.
- Season 21– Paired with Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan. They were the first couple eliminated in the 2nd week at 13th position.
- Season 22– Partnered with Full House and Fuller Houseactress Jodie Sweetin; eliminated in the 8th week at 6th overall position. This would be Motsepe’s longest run on the show.
- Season 23– Appeared as a troupe member.
- Season 24– Appeared as a pro dancer and was partnered with actress & comedienne Charo. They were eliminated in the 3rd at 11th position.
In the future Keo hopes to be the very best he can be on the dance floor. It will be a dream come true to have a dance with American superstar, Ciara.
“I have so many dream dance partners. If Ciara could come to the show… [laughs]. But there are so many: Ciara, Kendall Jenner, Jessica Alba.”
Keo Motsepe who is estimated to have a net worth of $300, 000 also intends to nurture young male dancers.