Rural Outreach Programme
DFA is also active in some rural areas of the Western Cape, namely Barrydale. Dance classes are a lifeline to many of DFA’s students, who are affected by poverty, malnutrition and social ills such as alcoholism and abuse.
Barrydale: DFA’s programme started here in 2005. Ballet training is offered at five schools in the Tradouw Valley and during school time as part of their Arts and Culture curriculum. There’s also a more advanced class in Barrydale for children who have particular talent as ballet dancers. These children live in the village and on surrounding farms.
Paarl: With minimal afternoon activities for youngsters some of the impoverished rural areas of Paarl, DFA teaches dance class at two primary schools, Klapmuts Primer and Simondium Primer through the Groot Drakenstein project in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs @ Sports.
Worcester: Established in 2017 as the third of DFA’s Rural Outreach programmes, weekly dance classes are held in Worcester, at one high school, with the possibility of extending the classes to primary schools in the area. Students with exceptional talent will hopefully help to grow DFA’s Rural Outreach Programme substantially thus enabling even more rural young people of varying ages and ability levels, to benefit from this extra-curricular activity.
*DFA former rural area Montagu’s success stories include a sponsored opportunity in 2010 for a talented young male dancer to continue his training at the Canadian National Ballet School; and two other students receiving bursaries in 2011 to attend the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in Cape Town.