Specialised Dance Programmes

The African Contemporary, Ballet and Contemporary Ballet programmes offer intensive, focused training for talented, committed students.

African Contemporary

Dancers who show talent in African and Contemporary styles have specialised tuition four times a week (including Saturdays) from Programme Head Hope Nongqongqo and teachers Lorraine Ndindwa and Nobuntu Nqolase. They are drawn from all the communities where DFA’s Cape Town Outreach Programme has classes. As part of their training, the students are encouraged to appreciate their identity and traditions so they do not forget their background and culture.


DFA’s Ballet programme offers classes to various ages (beginners-intermediate/advanced level). While the students on this programme are trained mainly in ballet, the aim is also to be able to combine the ballet programme with another dance form. They are encouraged and taught to understand how to strengthen their bodies and learn to work to their full potential. The majority of the students are drawn from the Cape Town Outreach Programme, as well as schools in the Athlone area. Teachers on this programme are Daniela di Lorenzo, Stanislav Tchalov and trainee teacher Andisiwe Diyanti

Contemporary Ballet

The Contemporary classes are based on the individual styles of experienced teachers Louise Coetzer and Allison Hendricks. Classical Ballet is also incorporated into the training to build the students’ technique and strength. To develop versatility, they are exposed to a wide variety of styles via choreography that includes jazz and Afro-fusion.

Classes are held at our Athlone studios every weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings and students are transported to class and home again in DFA’s busses. The training in the various styles is designed to improve technique and skill, and to lay the foundation for students to follow a career in the performing arts. They often have the opportunity of working with guest teachers and choreographers, and of performing on stage. They also attend dance productions in the theatre, when possible.

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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