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Thursday, February 13, 2014


(Vusi Makhanya)

The KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre in association with Dusi Dance Company has launched an African Contemporary training programme in 2014 for students of dance between the ages of 17 to 25 who are interested in taking dance to another level.

Auditions will take place on February 24, 26 and 28 (see below) in KwaMashu. Classes will run on Monday and Tuesday throughout the year.

The KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre is situated in KwaMashu community Hall, C Phongolo Road, KwaMashu. It is a Non-Profit Organization in the field of arts and culture with a vision to expand the horizons of youth emerging from previously disadvantaged communities in KwaZulu-Natal. It aims to expose and raise a professional and qualified artisan industry and further expose arts and culture, with a focus on African contemporary dance, and the pivotal role it plays in strengthening lives.  

“The only way to get in the dance world is to work your way up from the bottom,” says well-known dancer and choreographer Vusi Makhanya, who runs the Dusi Dance Company. “There's a brutal truth about dancers which is that jobs are really hard to come by and the only people who get them are the people who are absolutely determined to hang on in there and have a training background. The biggest thing you need is experience and training.

“For the jobs that require skills, if you don’t have the skills ultimately you're not going to get the jobs. That how it is out there. If you do have the skills – if you want to be a amazing dancer, you have to have had the training – you will absolutely make it because training is the pathway to your professional level. It’s about using the basic skills of daily living movement in dance as well as knowing each and everyone’s strength.”

The KwaMashu School of Dance also runs dance performing arts for children. “I think it’s a really good idea for all kids in all schools to have access to the performing arts,” says Makhanya. ”So they find out if they are ready for a future career in the Performing Art. It’s not compulsory – some people can start dance in an early age, giving young people to express themselves and enjoy the dance in early training can  build trust and discipline and making good choices in life.”

Auditions will take place on February 24, 26 and 28 from 09h00 to 14h00 at the Indoor Sport Centre in KwaMashu C Hall. Book an audition space by phoning 082 6224 005 or emailing: 
Children's classes start at 16h00 and run until 18h00.