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Thursday, May 24, 2018


The KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre with eThekwini Municipality Arts and Living Cultures present the 3rd Annual KwaSuka Schools Festival/Competition 2018 on May 26, 2018.

Choreographed by KMSDT Trainees and Dusi Dance Company and directed by Vusi Makanya, the KwaSuka School Festival (KSF) is an agency providing mentoring programmes for primary and high school learners in KZN, Durban areas, under the KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre (KMSDT).

The programme formed partnerships with local school and community groups. KSF's goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and re-assert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be re-established that will give youth the commitment to follow through on the path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Through Limitations in professional demonstration and artistic support for the learners in marginalised and disadvantaged schools such as primary and high School. Resourcing issues processes for logistics, and clarity around roles and responsibilities of limitations to participating in dance a small number of participants described past injuries and sore muscles, tiredness, and self-consciousness that prevented full participation. To accomplish this goal, young people must be in a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal body awareness.

KSF is a programme that brings a new experience of contemporary dance to more than 100 learners and audience members. It explores new understanding of dance, ways of working collaboratively, and creative development processes; and brings opportunities for teachers and for Learners that had never experience contemporary dance before.

KSF programmes will pair KMSDT facilitators with art and culture teachers in schools for five to six months. During that time the learners participate in weekly planned activities, the workshop and performance experiences link to the broader community. South Africa stories through dance within the community realises their vision to stimulate a conversation in the broader community about community issues through dance performance and sound installation. Teachers will receive continuous mentorship throughout the year and will participate in term meeting to report the school learner's progress.

Institutions involved are the Durban University of Technology; KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre; Newland West Arts Organisation and the Alaska Dance Troup 

High Schools include KweSethu High School (Winner of the year 2017); Ohlange High School; J.G Zuma High School; Mtapo High School; Nqabakazulu High School; Sibonelo High School; J.L Dube High School; Riverden Secondary School and Hillview Secondary School.

Primary Schools includes Scelulwazi Primary School (Winner of the year 2016); Maqadini Primary School; Quarry Heights Primary; Ekuthuleni Primary School; Vilakazi Primary School and Bright Future Special School.

The KwaSuka Schools Festival/Competition 2018 will take place at Stable Theatre on May 26, with shows running from 12h00 to 16h00.

Tickets R60 (R40 students and scholars) available at the door an hour before the performance. For more information contact 082 622 4005 or email