Baxter Theatre Festival

Dance for All's Bridging Programme students had the opportunity to participate in the annual Baxter Dance Festival, from 3 to 12 October, with 10 glorious days of dance celebrating the best of the Cape Dance community.

This popular festival is widely regarded as Cape Town’s premier dance platform. This year, more than 300 dancers took to the stage and about 50 choreographers showcased their work, with styles ranging from contemporary to neo-classical, flamenco, fusion, physical theatre, modern, African, jazz, and hip hop.

Two of DFA’s teachers choreographed items: “Slavery” by Bruno Wani and “Turn up the Music” by Allison Hendricks.

Kunstreffers Tour to Robertson

Six of Dance for All's Bridging Programme students went on an Outreach tour to the town of Robertson this year, where they staged three performances. DFA CEO Philip Boyd accompanied them.

The tour, called Kunstreffers, is hosted by the Artscape Audience Development Department and is directed and produced by the Director, Marlene le Roux. The other artists included dancers from Cape Town City Ballet, accompanied by their Director Robin van Wyk, the well-known musical theatre singer Niel Rademan, the musician Camillo Lombard, the opera singer Janelle Visagie, the wonderful trumpeter Donveno Prins, and the energetic group Women Unite (headed by Thandi Swartbooi).

The production was very exciting for us as we performed to more than 3 600 people in two days at the Langeberg High School. It was wonderful to see all these young students being inspired by artists who shared the magic of the theatre with them. We were privileged to have the backing and professional support of the Artscape Audience Development Department, who made this tour possible with the assistance of the Langeberg Municipality. 

MySchool Dream School SA Launched on M-Net

                                  

A new reality TV series MySchool Dream School SA launched on M-Net on Sunday, 13 October at 5:00pm. The series, based on the highly successful ‘Jamie Oliver’s Dream School’ in the UK, is a South African first and it aims to rekindle a generation’s love for learning. The series was also simulcast on M-Net101, M-Net HD, Mzanzi Magic and M-Net Series Channel.

Philip Boyd and Allison Hendricks were invited to be part of this amazing initiative, with Philip teaching ballet and Allison, hip hop. DFA has since offered a bursary to one of the talented students, Tshepo Mbele from Soweto, to attend the Bridging Programme for 2014.

The OUTsurance-94.5KFM Gun Run

A number of Dance for All students got up in the early hours of the morning to contribute their energy and enthusiasm by supporting the runners. They worked alongside 94.5KFMpresenters, encouraging the runners and making their race more exciting as they passed the water bar – for which they won ‘the best table’ award.

Billed as one of Cape Town’s most popular half marathons, The OUTsurance-94.5KFM Gun Run took place on Sunday, 13 October and participants could choose to do the 21km half marathon, the 10km run/walk or the 5km fun run/walk, which was specifically aimed at families and walkers.

 

Kollig TV Shoot for Sue Pyler

Our Bridging Programme students joined RSG radio presenter Sue Pyler and Kollig presenter and actress Kim Cloete in a 10-minute slot on the show during which they had the chance to teach these two ladies some choreography. Kollig, a national television magazine programme on KykNET, was featuring a story on Sue Pyler; about her daily life and her passions. As dancing is one of her passions, she chose DFA and its students to be part of this programme.

9th Travel Industry Charity Event

DFA’s Bridging Programme students and a group of Outreach Programme students were invited to perform at this event, which was held on 19 October 2013 at Ratanga Junction’s Walled City. They did us proud with their performances of ‘Ziwelele’, choreographed by Hope Nongqongqo and ‘Fiesta’, by Allison Hendricks.

The two chosen beneficiaries this year were selected specifically because they address current crises in our society. They were the Chipembere Rhino Foundation and Rock Chick SA – a charity that assists girls and young women, and produces artworks from recycled materials. 

A Night of Stars with DFA

               

The event was a huge success, thanks to the comedy line-up of Soli Philander, Tracy Klass, Stuart Taylor, Angel Blythe Campey, Rob van Vuuren and Gino Fernandez. These comedians contributed their time and talent free of charge to help raise funds for DFA. This prestigious event was held at the Fountains Hotel in Cape Town on 30 October. Our guests we also entertained by the salsa band El Ritmo. It was a fabulous evening. Well done to all who helped to make it a success. 

To see more photos from the night, click here.

Bridging Programme Graduation

                                 

After a year of dance training, our Bridging Programme students had their graduation on 2 November 2013. It was refreshing to see them all dressed up for this memorable occasion. These 13 students worked hard during the year and what a tearful, yet joyous, celebration it was – from goodbye speeches and farewell songs to solo dance items and heartfelt poems. We will miss you guys. Go out and reach your dreams, the sky is the limit!

To see more photos from the night, click here.

Colleen Haman visits DFA

Former CAPAB Ballet soloist Colleen Haman visited DFA and the Bridging Programme students on Thursday, 28 November. She and DFA CEO Philip Boyd trained together at the UCT School of Dance in the 1970s and were accepted into CAPAB Ballet in the same year, 1979. Colleen was also a member of PACT Ballet Company before she retired from dancing. She is now a successful businesswoman and lives in St Petersburg, Russia.

Cape Mental Health Kite Festival

The African Contemporary Programme students had the opportunity to perform at the 2013 Kite festival, held at Zandvlei Nature Reserve on 3 November. DFA driver Alphonso van der Merwe drove the students, with their teachers Hope Nongqongqo and Lorraine Ndindwa, who accompanied them. They performed ‘Siwelele’ and ‘Abasebenzi’, as well as ‘Phephezela’, which was received with thunderous applause from visitors to the event. It was a wonderful experience and a fabulous opportunity to represent Dance for All.

End of Year Performance

               

The end-of-year show was a celebration of all that had been achieved at DFA in 2013. At least 100 students, ranging from juniors to young adults, took to the stage on 14 December to entertain the enthusiastic audiences who filled the Springfield Convent Centenary School Hall at both performances.

Philip Boyd said it was incredibly exciting to see how much the DFA students had improved and to have such a diverse programme of dance on display. 

‘The energy, enthusiasm, passion and understanding shown by the students of the various dance styles was so encouraging for the future of dance in the Western Cape. It was also wonderful to see the excellent audience attendance DFA received for both of our performances. Thanks to all those who supported us.’

The production included ballet, contemporary, African and Spanish dance. Most pieces were choreographed byDFA teachers: Margie Sim, Allison Hendricks, Bruno Wani, Hope Nongqongqo, Lorraine Ndindwa and Luvuyo Simandla. Pieces by guest teacher-choreographers Brian Bertscher, Louise Coetzer, Anderson Carvelho and Josephine van den Nieuwendijk added richly to the programme.

 

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