Dancing out of disadvantage

GuysDanceDance for All (DFA), an Athlone-based non-profit organisation that gives free dance classes in the townships of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, Khayelitsha and Delft and nearby rural areas, is to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala show at Artscape Theatre on August 13.

The anniversary gala, being hosted in partnership with Artscape, will take the audience on a journey of works by choreographers who have contributed to the organisation’s many success stories. The production will feature dancers from the various communities where DFA trains children from the age of five to young adults.

DFA’s programmes, which reach approximately 1,500 students, give children the opportunity to experience the joy of movement while receiving a high standard of dance training.
DanceDFAThrough providing top-class training in a variety of styles – including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, African and Spanish dance – DFA prepares its students to become versatile dancers with the technical skill, discipline and grounding to enter a career in the performing arts.

The programme at the anniversary gala will include past students who have gone on to carve out professional careers for themselves in South Africa and abroad. Different dance genres and styles will be presented on the night.

Philip Boyd, Dance for All’s chief executive, said the evening would be “a celebration of what we have managed to achieve … often under the most incredibly difficult circumstances”.

For more information or to become a friend of Dance for All see www.danceforall.co.za.

Tickets range from R140-R150, booking is through Computicket or Artscape dial-a-seat 021 421 7695.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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