Success Stories & Quotes

Abongile Tenza started his dance training at the age of 9 years on the Outreach Programme in Nyanga. He then joined DFA’s Specialised Ballet Programme and was on the Bridging Programme and was a member of the InSPIRAtions Youth Company. After completing his training at DFA he was awarded a three-year bursary to continue his dance training at the Cape Academy of performing Arts (CAPA) with Artistic Director Debbie Turner.

 

Abdul-Aaghier Abu Isaacs having completed his dance training at high school level in Wellington, Abdul joined the Bridging Programme before he was offered a place on Jazzart’s three-year training programme with Artistic Director Sifiso Kwyama.

 

Andiswe Dyanti started her dance training on DFA’s Outreach Programme in Nyanga after which she joined DFA’s Specialised Ballet Programme and DFA’s Bridging Programme. She is currently a trainee teacher at DFA.

 

Annie Hendricks started her dance training at the well-known Dance Project before joining the Bridging Programme and is currently an assistant teacher at DFA.

 

Asanda Mabayi started his training in Khayelitsha at Yomelela Primary School. He attended Alexander Sinton Arts Focus School as part of DFA’s Scholarship Programme, and after teaching on the Rural Outreach Programme in Barrydale, he returned to teach on the Cape Town Outreach programme.

 

Aviwe November started his dance training on DFA’s Rural Outreach Programme in Zolani, between Ashton and Montagu. He was awarded a three-year scholarship to attend the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and received financial support from the Phyllis Spira Trust for his accommodation, living expenses and transport costs. He is currently freelancing.

 

Bathembu Myira began his dance training at Yomelela Primary in Khayelitsha and graduated onto DFA’s Scholarship Programme at Alexander Sinton High School. As a freelance professional, he did a guest season with the DFA Youth Company. Bathembu has toured with the production The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany. Before returning to SA to start a dance project in the outreach areas.

 

Bradley Luwelin Zeelie started his training at a WCED Arts Focus school in George. After spending a year on DFA’s Bridging Programme and as a member of the InSPIRAtions Youth Company, he returned to George to teach Ballet and Contemporary dance. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Cinevox Junior Company in Switzerland for a year, which has since been renewed.

 

Buyile Narwele started dancing at Walter Teka Primary School in Nyanga. He moved on to the DFA’s Specialised Ballet Programme after which he joined iKapa Dance Theatre Company as an aspirant. He is currently freelancing.

 

Byron Klassen started his dance training at Eersterivier High School, a WCED Arts and Culture Focus school, and joined DFA’s Bridging Programme. He had the opportunity of attending a Summer Dance School in New York and on his return he joined the Contemporary dance company “Garage” in Namibia as a dancer and choreographer.

 

Chris Ncekana started dancing with DFA at the Masikhanye Centre in Gugulethu. He progressed to DFA’s Specialised Ballet Programme and is currently working as a freelance dancer locally and abroad with the opportunity to work as a dancer on board some of the finest cruise liners, travelling in Europe.

 

Farnel Smart started his dance training at Eersterivier High School, a WCED Arts Focus school before joining DFA’s Contemporary Programme and graduated to DFA’s Bridging Programme before being awarded a bursary to attend the Cape Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Gabriella Dirkse graduated from the Bridging Programme and was offered a place on Jazzart’s three-year training programme.

 

Hope Nongqongqo began her dance training with Janette Buys in Gugulethu and continued with DFA at Sivuyile College. She became an assistant teacher and with the assistance of the David Poole Trust completed the African and Contemporary dance course at UCT School of Dance. Hope returned to DFA as a full-time teacher, choreographer and drummer. In 2013 Hope was promoted to Outreach Manager.

 

Jason Fredericks trained on DFA’s Bridging Programme and after completing his course at DFA, was accepted to further his training as a dance student at the Tshwane University of Technology.

 

Kholekile Biyongo started his training at primary school level before joining the Specialised Ballet Programme. He then joined the Bridging Programme and became a member of the InSPIRAtions Youth Company. He was awarded a three-year bursary to continue his training at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Lee Joel Bosman started dancing at school and joined DFA’s Bridging Programme for a year. He was then offered a three-year bursary to attend Jazzart’s Training Programme.

 

Lewellyn Afrika started his dance training at a WCED Arts Focus school, Eersterivier High School and joined DFA’s Bridging Programme for one year, after which he was offered a bursary to attend Jazzart’s Training Programme. After his training at Jazzart, he was offered a place at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA), where he is currently training.

 

Lorraine Ndindwa started her dance training with DFA in Gugulethu and attended the UCT School of Dance on a bursary from the David Poole Trust where she did the Contemporary and African dance course. After working with iKapa Dance Theatre Outreach Project, she returned to DFA, where she is currently a full-time teacher, choreographer and drummer.

 

Luthando Jeje started dancing with DFA in Khayelitsha, before working with the Jikileza Dance Project in Hout Bay. He then joined Cape Town City Ballet’s Male development programme and became an aspirant dancer with the company. After his departure from Cape Town City Ballet, he continued work as freelance dancer before his untimely death in 2014.

 

Luvuyo Bakana started his dance training on DFA’s Outreach Programme in Gugulethu and graduated onto the Scholarship Programme, attending Alexander Sinton High School. He is currently freelancing.

 

Luvuyo Simandla started his dance training in Gugulethu & at a later stage joined La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre. He has taught on the Outreach & Bridging Programme & has since continued with further his studies.

 

Lwando Dutyulwa started his dance training at Walter Teka Primary School in Nyanga and joined the Specialised Programme, moving on later to the Bridging Programme and the InSPIRAtions Youth Company. He was awarded a three-year bursary to continue his training at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Mbulelo Ngubombini started dancing at Yomelela Primary in Khayelitsha and moved on to the Scholarship programme at Alexander Sinton. He joined the DFA Youth Company in 2005 where after he was offered a bursary at the Central School of Dance in the UK. On his return he joined iKapa Dance Theatre and is currently freelancing.

 

Mbulelo Ndabeni started dancing at Yomelela Primary in Khayelitsha before attending Alexander Sinton High on the Scholarship programme. He danced with Cape Town City Ballet for a season and was offered a scholarship to attend the London Studio Centre. He had the opportunity to tour with Mathew Bourne’s All Male Swan Lake Company for a few years before joining the Rambert Dance Company in 2007.

 

Mcebisi Xotyeni started his dance training with DFA at Walter Teka Primary School in Nyanga and moved on to the Specialised Ballet Programme. He then joined iKapa Dance Theatre as an apprentice and is currently freelancing.

 

Monde Sithole started his training at Yomelela Primary in Khayelitsha before attending Alexander Sinton High on the Scholarship programme. He was chosen as part of a crew on board a ship on a voyage across the Atlantic and won a place to a young explorers camp in Switzerland, where he climbed Les Diablerets. He went further to start his own mountaineering enterprise and embarked on a “Seven Summits Two Poles” expedition Dare to Dream. Monde often appears as a motivational speaker locally and abroad.

 

Mthutuzeli November started his training in the rural area of Zolani, Montagu. At a later stage he was awarded a three-year training scholarship at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts to further his training. He graduated with distinction in 2013 and became a member of the Cape Dance Company. Tutu (as he is fondly known) won the Contemporary section of the SA International Ballet Competition, where he was awarded a bursary to attend the Alvin Ailey School in New York. He also received an opportunity to further his training for six months at the Central School of Ballet in London, and is at present a member of the company Ballet Black in the UK.

 

Nandipha Sandlana started her dance training at DFA in Gugulethu before becoming an assistant teacher. She is currently a dance teacher at Cedar High Arts Focus School and a staff member at Moyo, an outreach project in Hout Bay.

 

Nathan Bartman started doing street dance and hip hop in his Eersterivier neighbourhood but wanted formal training. He spent two years on DFA’s Bridging Programme and was then awarded a three-year scholarship to train at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Nceba Ngubombini started dancing in Khayelitsha before attending Alexander Sinton High on the Scholarship programme. He was a member of the DFA Youth Company for five years before he was offered a bursary to attend the Cinevox Junior Company in Switzerland for two years. He performed in a musical production for one year before returning to SA to join iKapa Dance theatre. He taught and choreographed at DFA for a short while and has since started a dance project in the outreach areas.

 

Nobunti Nqolase started her dance training on DFA’s Outreach Programme in Nyanga. She is currently a trainee teacher at DFA.

 

Nicolette Letube started her dance training at DFA in Gugulethu and was presented with an opportunity to do a Technical Theatre Course at Artscape Theatre, where she works on the technical side of productions.

 

Nkoshithi Figlan trained with DFA in Gugulethu and also Alexander Sinton on the Scholarship programme. He later joined La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and now freelances.

 

Noluyanda Mqulwana started dancing with DFA at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha and then gained a place on the Senior Scholarship Programme. She was a member of the DFA Youth Company and received a bursary to attend Cinevox Junior Company in Switzerland for a year. On her return to SA, she taught Contemporary Ballet at DFA. Noluyanda was selected for DFA’s professional InSPIRAtions Dance Company, after which she joined the cast of The Lion King in Singapore, and Hamburg, Germany. She was also give the opportunity to be part of the cast for a musical theatre production called ‘Mother Africa’ in Hamburg, as well as that of ‘West Side Story’ in Europe.

 

Nozuko Damane started her dance training with DFA in Gugulethu. She received a bursary to attend Wynberg Girls’ High School, during which time she also attended afternoon dance classes at Alexander Sinton High School and at UCT School of Dance. She received a bursary from the David Poole Trust to attend UCT School of Dance as a full-time student where she graduated. She has worked as a freelance dancer in Dubai and Spain and is currently teaching on iKapa Dance Theatre’s Outreach Programme.

 

Nqaba Mafilika started training with DFA in Khayelitsha and joined the Senior Scholarship Programme at Alexander Sinton High School. He was a member of the DFA Youth Company from 2005 to 2008 and also did a season with Cape Town City Ballet. After working with iKapa Dance Theatre. He joined the production of Spartacus of Africa in 2015 and is currently teaching in the outreach areas while working as a freelance dancer.

 

Odwa Makanda started dancing with DFA at Walter Teka Primary School in Nyanga. He graduated to the Specialised Ballet Programme and became a member of DFA’s InSPIRAtions Youth Company. After a year on DFA’s Bridging Programme, Odwa was awarded a three-year scholarship to further his training with the Cape Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Patricia Botha started her dance training at DFA in Gugulethu and became an assistant teacher on the Outreach Programme. She taught for the Jikeleza Dance Project in Hout Bay and is currently working in the corporate world.

 

Paxton Simons having completed her dance studies at High school level, Paxton joined DFA’s Senior Contemporary programme, after which, she was offered a place on Jazzart’s Three Year Training Programme.

 

Phumlisa Ndindwa started his training with DFA in Gugulethu. He was a member of Cape Town City Ballet before he became an assistant teacher on the iKapa Dance Theatre Outreach Programme.

 

Sibahle Tshibika started training at Yomelela Primary in Khayelitsha before attending Alexander Sinton High on the Scholarship programme. She joined iKapa Dance theatre for a short while as an apprentice and is currently freelancing. Sibahle also won the South African contest and television series “So You Think You Can Dance”.

 

Silumko Silwana started dancing at Walter Teka in Nyanga before attending Alexander Sinton High on the Scholarship programme. He graduated from UCT School of Dance and is currently freelancing.

 

Siphe November started his dance training on DFA’s Rural Outreach Programme in Montagu. He was then offered a bursary to attend the Canadian National Ballet School in Toronto for further training.

 

Skhumbuzo Ndaleni started his training on DFA’s Outreach Programme in Khayelitsha. He then joined DFA’s Specialised Ballet Programme and was a member of the InSPIRAtions Youth Company. After being on DFA’s Bridging Programme for a year, he was awarded a three-year bursary to continue his dance training at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Tamsyn Pretorius started her dance training at the Arts Focus School, Alexander Sinton and then joined DFA’s Specialised Ballet Programme where she also became a member of the InSPIRAtions Youth Company. After being on DFA’s Bridging Programme for a year she was awarded a three-year bursary to continue her dance training at the Cape Academy of performing Arts.

 

Tanzley Jooste joined DFA’s Bridging Programme, after which she was offered a place to attend Jazzart’s Three Year Training Programme.

 

Thandumzi Moyakhe began his dance training at Sivuyile College in Gugulethu and continued with DFA as a member of the Youth Company. He had a successful career with SA Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions before his untimely death in 2008.

 

Theo Ndindwa began his dance training at Sivuyile College and Masikhanye Centre before joining Alexander Sinton on the scholarship programme. He attended afternoon classes at UCT School of Dance before he received a two-year scholarship to Rambert Dance School in London. He joined Phoenix Dance Company in Leeds, before freelancing in the UK. He returned to SA in 2005, joined the Youth Company before starting iKapa Dance Theatre.

 

Tusile Tenza started dancing at Walter Teka in Nyanga. He was later part of the DFA Youth Company before joining Cape Town City Ballet.

 

Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni joined DFA’s training programmes at a young age. She then joined the Senior Contemporary programme, after which she was selected for the InSPIRAtions Youth Company. After one year on the Bridging Programme, she was offered a place to attend Jazzart’s Three Year Training Programme.

 

Xola Putye began his dance training with DFA in Gugulethu at the Masikhanye Centre. He receied a place on the Senior Scholarship Programme and became a member of the DFA Youth Company. He has won various awards and, in 2009, became a senior soloist with Cape Town City Ballet.

 

Zandile Constable joined DFA’s classes in Gugulethu and was selected for the Senior Scholarship Programme. She was a member of the DFA Youth Company and, aged 19, was the first black dancer to take the lead role in David Poole’s Kami. Zandi has worked with iKapa Dance Theatre. She is now a freelance professional, has danced overseas, and works with SA’s top dance companies.

 

Zetu Mtati started her dance training at DFA in Gugulethu and became an assistant teacher on the Outreach Programme. She then went to the UCT School of Dance where she majored in Spanish dance. She joined the La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and was both a professional dancer and on their management team. Zetu is now a freelance Spanish Dance teacher and works in the corporate world.

 

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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