Bonwabise Mava Mbontsi [Co-Founder and Artistic Director of BoNana Dance] is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and fitness instructor based in KZN, Pietermaritzburg. He first started dancing and performing in 2006 and has since been a committed dance theatre practitioner. In 2010, Bonwa was a top 16 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance (South Africa) Season 2.
He graduated from UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, where he obtained aBA in Psychology and Drama & Performance Studies, with a specific focus on dance performance and choreography. In 2012 he interned at The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collectivein where he had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and dancers, PJ Sabbagha, Fana Tshabalala, Shanell Winlock, and Craig Morris. He taught at Maritzburg College for four years. He founded his own Dance Company Bonwa Dance in 2018 which now developed to BoNana Dance. He currently spends his time growing BoNana Dance: running the youth outreach work in Pietermaritzburg and Melmoth in association with J.A.W. (Justice and Women), performing extensively locally, nationally and globally, and teaching at local schools, fitness, and wellness centres around Pietermaritzburg.