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Saturday, June 30, 2018


(Vusi Makanya)

The 3rd Annual KwaSuka Schools Festival took place on May 26, 2018.

Founded by dancer and choreographer Vusi Makanya of KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre (KMSDT), the Annual KwaSuka Schools Festival concentrates on exposing and teaching pupils the beauty of contemporary dance and gives them the opportunity to experience the feeling of being in theatre on stage, share personal stories through integration of physical movement and emotional expression.

This festival gives a sense of achievement and mastery that contributes to self-confidence and empowerment to young South African future leaders. To keep the festival vivacious and add on the flavour, Makanya made it a competition to reward hard-working and self-deserving young dancers.

The competition also aims to motivate choreographers to do their best. KwaSuka School's Festival gives KMSDT's professional development trainees a chance to showcase their choreographing and teaching skills by picking schools to teach near their homes as a part of their training programme. Killing more than two birds with one stone, KwaSuka School's Festival teaches KMSDT dancers and learners from surrounding high and primary schools more about contemporary dance. The festival also gives one day workshops for arts and culture teachers to experience arts integration, arts in education and movement laboratory. while giving the best of the best shows to the public

“I would like to formally thank all of our donors and supporters, volunteers and KMSDT trainees who showed the effort in this year's Schools Festival to help make it as successful as it was. The 2018 festival was supposed to be financially sponsored and supported by eThekwini Arts and Living Culture but it’s happened that the event was independent helped by an individual. Money that was donated provided prizes to the competitors including trophies and certificate and also payment to our judges,” explains Makanya.

“This event could not have operated without the help of the many volunteered teachers who gave their Saturday to help run and look after the learners. This Festival took over 20 volunteers and KMSDT to make the activities of the day run successfully with the proper help that each activity needed. I'd like to give a special thanks to Scelulwazi Primary School who come in numbers to support their performers and to the many individuals along with our beautiful judges who gave their support. Again, thank you to all parents who came to support their children; I truly appreciate your time and assistance!” he adds.

Among the winners were: Melokuhle Zondi (Promising female dancer in Primary schools); Samkelisiwe Msomi from JG Zuma High School and Sinenhlanhla M from Nqabakazulu High School (Promising dancers in High schools); Outstanding Performances Ekuthuleni Primary School; Quarry Height School; Scelulwazi Primary School; Riverdene High School; Nqabakazulu High School; Umtapo High School, and Nqabakazulu High School. The Eric Shabalala Floating Trophy went to Umtapo High School.

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