In the words of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Honorary Life Patron of DFA  – “DFA is a story of hope. It also speaks of vision, determination, disappointment, triumph, failure, perseverance, and inspiration. Most of the children who benefit from the training DFA provides are all too familiar with economic struggle, as well as challenging circumstances at home or in their environment. For them, DFA is a haven where they are nurtured and encouraged to realise that these challenges do not define them; that they can dare to dream of making a better life for themselves.”

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COVID-19 Impact on DFA

The extent that the COVID-19 crisis has impacted DFA’s financial ability to remain operational in the immediate future

Towards the end of March 2020, our programmes were abruptly put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown and one of our core sources of funding have been delayed or postponed and there have been delays in the processing of a number of funding applications. Not only are our programmes and the student’s day to day training affected, but also the national and global funding effects and their postponement, which are expected to be a source of income, impact us financially.

Changes in our donor base and changes in anticipated donations

Donors and anticipated donations have been affected to a certain degree with the angles and criteria of many donors changing to adapt to the current Covid global economic impact.

Our strategy to cope with the long-term financial impact of the Covid-19 on the economy

We are fully aware of the seriousness of the health threat and of the devastating impact the lockdown has had on households struggling to make ends meet. Similarly, DFA is feeling the effects of curtailed funding. This is the case for most non-profit organisations, as well as institutions involved in the arts and performing arts. We are determined that, when we can resume all classes, DFA will be there for the students: to continue their training and skills development. One thing we can say with confidence is that we have helped our students to build the resilience they need to get through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their dance training has equipped them with physical and mental fitness, and a spin-off of their rigorous training is that they have learnt how to take responsibility for their health, how to be disciplined and focused, to maintain a positive attitude and to persevere. Now, more than ever, they can call on these attributes to help them in their daily lives.

Our mission is to provide children in historically disadvantaged communities with the opportunity for enjoyment, empowerment and the promotion of self-esteem through the medium of dance, as well as training professional dancers and developing a unique, indigenous dance company.