Dancers to shine at Imibulelo

2015-11-05 06:00

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A new generation of Dance for All (DFA) dancers will get a chance to shine in Imibulelo (In Gratitude from Us to You).

Following the success of DFA’s Kaleidoscope, which was staged at Artscape in June, this new production showcases the ongoing growth, development and maturity of DFA’s students.

The two-hour dance spectacular will be presented at the Springfield Convent Centenary Hall on Saturday 5 December with roughly 150 dancers of different ages performing in various disciplines.

Directors Philip Boyd and Allison Hendricks will bring dances in ballet, contemporary, African, flamenco, cabaret, jazz and hip hop styles together in two performances at 14:00 and 19:00.

This is an “all hands on deck” production with most of the items being choreographed by DFA dancers and teachers. Hendricks, Daniela Di Lorenzo, Hope Nongqongqo, Lorraine Ndindwa, Louise Coetzer, Stanislav Tchalov, and volunteer teachers and choreographers Anderson Carvalho and Ché Adams have added richly to the repertoire.

They are part of a dedicated group moving Dance for All into its next exciting era.

The non-profit organisation was started 24 years ago to offer children from all walks of the life the opportunity to experience the joy of movement and receive a high standard of training.

They have grown from a small group of 34 students in a classroom in Gugulethu to being able to offer classes, free of charge at the home base in Athlone as well as Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, Khayelitsha and Delft, along with some nearby rural areas.

Dancers from the age of five, to young adults are provided with the necessary training to equip them with the skills, discipline and grounding to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Dance for All also plays an important role in impacting positive social change by offering a constructive extra-mural activity where children from challenging socio-economic backgrounds can find safety, guidance, support and affirmation.

Boyd, who is also DFA’s CEO says: “How wonderful, gratifying and exciting it is after 24 years of running DFA to see the progress of all our students over all these years, who have excelled and lived their lives though their passion for dance with the excellent training that the DFA have provided, changing our students’ lives in such a positive way through the magnificent and disciplined art form.”

“Seeing former students go on to have professional careers is of course the cherry on the top,” he continues.

In order to continue their work however, Dance for All relies on the support of the community. One of the initiatives to rally support is the Friends of DFA, which draws on individual benefactors.

They will also be hosting an Open Day at their studio in Athlone on Saturday 14 November where Cape Town communities can get to know more about DFA and what they do.

While preparations are in full swing for the show on 5 December, DFA still needs a little bit of help to get on stage. They’ve launched a Thundafund campaign ( with a range of rewards in exchange for donations.

They need R60 000 to give Imibulelo the green light.

Tickets for the show are already for sale at R50 per person. Email Simone at or Marlene at to book yours today.

For more information about Dance for All, their upcoming shows and projects, visit www.

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