Dance group hosts fashion show

2016-03-22 06:00
The group of girls who dance at the Nead dance academy in Tafelsig. An academy founder says “they are going to make it” due to their passion and dedication.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

The group of girls who dance at the Nead dance academy in Tafelsig. An academy founder says “they are going to make it” due to their passion and dedication. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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A local organisation is ready to fill the dancing needs of young community members.

The Nead (Now Empowering Achievable Dreams) community development organisation was founded in Tafelsig in 2014.

Joanie Fredericks, co-founder of the organisation, says she saw the opportunity for an organisation that would address the needs of the community.

“I have been living in Tafelsig for 16 years and I have been aware of all the stuff happening. A lot of people told me not to move here and they are scared to visit me because of the stigma attached to the area,” she says.

Fredericks hopes to change that.

“I worked in other areas and realised that I live here and that I should be asking what can I do to make a difference here.”

Nead is an organisation with a difference, she explains.

“Perception is something different to all of us. Instead of assuming what someone needs, we ask them what they need,” she says.

Their flagship project is a dance academy.

At the moment, there are about 30 girls who dance at the academy.

Fredericks says all parents and children need to be committed.

Children can join for free.

“Some people may tell me I am stupid, but I don’t believe they should pay for their dreams,” she says.

What this means is that the academy is struggling to keep a coach who is willing and able to stay with the young dancers and help them train.

Fredericks hopes to expose the girls to all genres of dance.

The organisation will soon host its first fundraising event.

The fundraiser will be in the form of a modelling and fashion show at the Swartklip Indoor Centre on Saturday 9 April from noon to 16:00.

The fundraising event is a platform for youth to showcase their talent, with all models coming from the community.

The event will feature models in teen, children’s, adult and grandmother sizes and styles.

They will feature designs by Carlen Petersen.

“We started with 20 dresses and now we have about 60,” says Petersen.

There will also be local talent, such as rap artist Klein Fortuin. Miss Gay Universe Belinda Qaqamba Ka Cassie will also be in attendance.

Tickets are R25 for children, R50 for adults and R100 for VIP tickets, including refreshments and special seating.

Nead believes in the empowerment of young people inclusive of their socio-economic rights.

The funds will be in aid of improving Nead’s services to the youth of the community, including:

. Homework help

. The dance programme

. Food support

. Clothing and shoes

. Enrichment camps for youth

V If you would like to get involved as a model, or a dance coach and for tickets call Joanie Fredericks on 076 621 0245 or 061 058 7245.

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