Awards & Achievements
Pieces of a Dream – the Story of Dance for All: A coffee-table book about DFA, written by Gillian Warren-Brown, was published in May.
‘Stargaze’ 21st Anniversary Gala: DFA celebrated 21 years of existence.
RAD bursary: ICB Training Programme student Mbongeni Moyakhe won an RAD bursary.
Cape Town Eisteddfod: An ICB Training Programme group won the Adrian Lipshitz award and Ingrid Carlson received the Cape Town Eisteddfod award for the teacher of the best Ballet group, 12 years and under.
Cape Town International Ballet Competition: DFA’s InSPIRAtions Youth Company was invited to perform as guests at the gala evening in March.
Cape Town Eisteddfod: Margie Sim’s group won the finals and she won the ‘Best Overall Choreography’ title for ‘Xenophobia’.
Bridging Programme initiated at DFA.
Torchbearers: Twelve DFA students travelled to Wales to participate in a cultural exchange collaborative production at the Donald Gordon Theatre in the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Johnny Walker Celebrating Strides Award: Philip Boyd was a finalist.
InSPIRAtions Youth Company: formed in June.
Cape Town Eisteddfod: Margie Sim’s Sub-juniors won outright at the finals, despite the fact that they’d been dancing for less than a year and, although they were aged only 10 and 11, competed against students over the age of 13. The Juniors received honours and reached the finals in the amateur section.
Friends and Balletomanes’ Award: Xola Putye (a soloist with the DFA Youth Company who became a Senior Soloist with Cape Town City Ballet) won the Most Outstanding Newcomer Award at the awards ceremony of the newly formed Friends and Balletomanes.
KKNK Kanna Awards: Xola Putye received the prestigious KKNK Kanna Award for Best Performance in Dance Theatre. This followed his performance, as part of the DFAYC, of Christopher Kindo’s ‘Agter Toe Deure’ at the annual ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn.
Tour to New Zealand with Buskaid: Three DFAYC members and one DFA Senior Training Programme student teamed up with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble again to perform in New Zealand.
Arts & Culture Trust Awards: DFA was a finalist in the Arts & Culture Trust Awards for 2003, 2004 and 2005 in the category of ‘Cultural Development Project of the Year’ and was a finalist for the 2007 Awards in the category of ‘Arts Education’.
DFA documentary: The film Dance for All, produced by German company InsideOut Film, premiered at the Encounters Documentary Film Festival.
Royal Ballet Charity Gala: The DFAYC was chosen to share the stage with dancers from the London Royal Ballet, including principal dancer Mara Galeazzi, for a Charity Gala at Artscape Opera House on 28 July.
BBC Proms: Four members of the DFA Youth Company performed with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the famous Proms concert on 15 July.
DFA Dance Centre: The DFA Dance Centre in Athlone was officially opened by DFA’s Honorary Life Patron, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, on 30 May.
Cape Town Eisteddfod: Two groups of DFA students from the Junior and Senior Training Programmes won the title of ‘Best Group’ in their sections and teacher Margie Sim won the award for Best Group Choreography – 13 Years and Over.
Tour to France with Buskaid: Four members of the DFA Youth Company performed at the Cité de la Musique in Paris with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble.
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust: DFA received a platinum Impumelelo Innovations Award at the City Hall in Cape Town, making history by becoming the first ‘Arts and Culture’ project to win this award.
Cape Town Eisteddfod: Two groups from DFA’s Junior Training Programme were awarded diplomas and the 13-and-over group was the outright winner in its section.
Training in San Francisco: Nqaba Mafilika and Xola Putye, members of the Dance for All Youth Company (DFAYC), attended a seven-week summer dance course at San Francisco Ballet School.
Formation of the Dance for All Youth Company: The DFA Youth Company (DFAYC) was formed with graduates of the DFA Senior Training Programme. It was launched at Artscape Theatre in November 2005 with a sold-out performance of ‘Celebration’.
Western Cape Arts, Culture & Heritage Awards: Phyllis Spira received the ‘Life Achievement’ Award and DFA the ‘Sustained Contribution’ Award.
Kula Award: Philip Boyd received a Kula Award for his contribution to community development.