Holiday is a dance step

2015-10-13 06:00

Pupils of the Homework Enrichment Life Skills Programme (Help) in Vrygrond received professional dance lessons during the school holiday last week.

Pupils of the Homework Enrichment Life Skills Programme (Help) in Vrygrond received professional dance lessons during the school holiday last week.

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The Homework Enrichment Life Skills Programme (Help) premises in Vrygrond were abuzz with activity and music last week.

The non-profit organisation’s pupils were taught some impressive dance moves during the school holiday.

Katlego Moncho from Sibonelo Dance Project took the children through their paces and taught them multiple dance styles, including kwaito and hip-hop.

In 2012 Moncho was accepted to the three-year training programme at Jazzart Dance Theatre, where Debbie Bird of the African Dance Theatre offered her the opportunity to become one of the group’s dancers.

At the beginning of this year she performed in Orpheus in Africa, a Fugard theatre musical directed by David Kramer.

Help is a non-profit organisation that runs daily after-school programmes, an AMV (“ambition, motivation and vision”) club and a holiday club.

Moncho says they would like to instil an “I can” mentally in the children with the classes.

“It is better to try than to believe you cannot do it at all,” she says.

The goal of the dance classes was to boost the children’s self-esteem as many of them come from poor and impoverished areas.

While also having fun, the classes taught them the benefit of hard work and that they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it.

“The lively youngsters were fast to pick up on the moves and soon were able to perform a superb and energetic show,” Moncho says.

Jean Mackenzie, co-founder of Help, says they are very appreciative of Moncho and what she achieved with the children. “The way she has inspired them is out of this world,” she says.

For more information on Help visit or its Facebook page HELPeduprogramme

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