Awards & Achievements

2013
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.

2012
‘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.

2011
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.

2010
Johnny Walker Celebrating Strides Award: Philip Boyd was a finalist.
InSPIRAtions Youth Company: formed in June.

2009
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.

2008
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.

2007
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.

2006
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.

2005
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.

2005
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’.

2004
Western Cape Arts, Culture & Heritage Awards: Phyllis Spira received the ‘Life Achievement’ Award and DFA the ‘Sustained Contribution’ Award.

2003
Kula Award: Philip Boyd received a Kula Award for his contribution to community development.

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 danceGeorge Balanchine
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discoveryMartha Graham
Dance is a song of the bodyMartha Graham
Dancing is like dreaming with your feetConstanze
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 turnTerri 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 dreamsAnonymous
I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to danceGeorge Balanchine
Dancers are athletes of GodAlbert 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 desiredMartha 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

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