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Passion is when you put more energy into something that is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialised into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is humanly possibly. Philip Boyd
I knew that if I could train and be good at dance I'd have an independent future. Theo Ndindwa
I am so lucky to have got the best training possible from people who loved us and loved what they were doing. Zandile Constable
Dancing makes me feel magical, as if anything is possible. Zandile Constable
When you dance, you challenge your body to the limit and this gave me the certainty that I could achieve my goals...'I didn't become a professional dancer, but what I got from DFA was more than dancing skills, I got life lessons; life's treasures. Monde Sitole
I can't say my life would be nothing without DFA, but it wouldn't be the way it is now. I have been all over the world and performed on many stages...People often say, "You have such good training," and I tell them exactly where I got it. Mbulelo Ndabeni
DFA changed my life in a way I could never have imagined. I learnt so much from my teachers and I hope to follow in their footsteps by helping other needy children. Bathembu Myira
Philip and Phyllie nurtured me and I'm where I am today because of them and DFA...They taught us that it was up to us to get somewhere; that we had to keep pushing ourselves so that we wouldn't stay at one level. Xola Putye
Phyllie taught me dancing, but she also taught me how to live; how to forgive. She will always be my inspiration. Noluyanda Mqulwana
If you have discipline, you can do anything...The love must [also] be there, otherwise there's no passion or commitment. Noluyanda Mqulwana
The studio and the stage are like holy ground to me. It's where I find the will and courage to go on. Dance is not just steps; it's a feeling, an energy that radiates out of you. People who are watching you feel part of it. If I can give something that heals them or makes them feel a magic moment, then that's what I want to keep doing. Byron Klassen
At DFA I feel I have a home and a family. Dineo Mphela
You can't be lazy; each day you learn a new thing, you keep pushing yourself. When you come across difficulties you find a way to overcome them. Odwa Makanda
Dancing makes me feel comfortable with myself. Tamsyn-Lucy Pretorius
Some of us won't become dancers, but because of what we learn at DFA, we all have a chance to become a professional at something. Olivia Stephaans
Technical perfection is insufficient. It is an orphan without the true soul of the dancer. Sylvie Guillem
To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful… This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. Agnes de Mille
I don’t want dancers who want to dance, I want dancers who need to dance George Balanchine
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery Martha Graham
Dance is a song of the body Martha Graham
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet Constanze
The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music Agnes De Mille
Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn Terri Guillemets
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak Indian Proverb
We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams Anonymous
I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance George Balanchine
Dancers are athletes of God Albert Einstein
Either you do the pirouette or you shoot yourself. One or the other, but something must happen. Monet Robier
The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion, the steadfast and willing devotion to the labor that makes the classwork not a gymnastic hour and a half, or at the lowest level, a daily drudgery, but a devotion that allows the classroom discipline to become moments of dancing too. Merce Cunningham
Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired Martha Graham
Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it. Martha Graham
It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer. Shanna LaFleur
) If you want to dance seriously, do. You must think about it day and night, dream about it, desire it. Christa Justus
Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policemen, always alert, always tense, but see policemen don't have to be beautiful at the same time. George Balanchine

Welcome to Dance for All

Our mission is to provide children in historically disadvantaged communities with the opportunity for enjoyment, empowerment and the promotion of self-esteem through the medium of dance, as well as training professional dancers and developing a unique, indigenous dance company.

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September 17, 2015 @ 00:00

Alvin Ailey Workshop

DFA’s students will be treated to a workshop by the amazing Alvin Ailey dancers on 17th September at DFA’s homebase in Athlone. The highly acclaimed New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular global dance companies, is planning an historic return to South Africa in September after 17 years, with a robust schedule of 20 performances and a variety of educational activities for area students. The visit to this continent led by Artistic Director Robert Battle includes seven shows in Cape Town at Artscape, from 16 to 20 September 2015.

September 28, 2015 -
October 2, 2015

Stepping Out Tour

One of the highlights in the rural areas of Barrydale and Montagu during September, will be DFA’S Stepping Out Tour . After reaching 1155 students at schools in the rural areas during February this year, DFA heads back with new works performed by senior students, selected from the Bridging Programme and Senior Contemporary Programme in a variety of dance styles, presented to students at schools in these areas

October 2, 2015 -
October 17, 2015 @ 00:00

Baxter Dance Festival

Baxter Theatre

Following the resounding success of the 10th anniversary of the hugely popular annual Baxter Dance Festival last year, where DFA had no less than 9 works on stage, we will once again participate  in this year’s festival , which will take place from 8 to 17 October made up of the Main Programme which will  consist of invited and commissioned works, as well as works by established professional
choreographers and companies. The Off-Main Programme on Saturday, 10 October, will showcase work by up-and-coming choreographers (including student work) while the Fringe Programme on Saturday, 17 October will include work by youth groups, dance schools, school groups,
traditional dance groups and others.

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Physical Address: 10 Aden Avenue, Athlone 7764

Postal Address: PO Box 385, Newlands 7725

Tel: +27 (0) 21 697 5509
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