Workshops to inspire learners

2016-02-18 06:00
141 teens got a look into the performing arts industry at the first round of Inspired Stages workshops recently.

141 teens got a look into the performing arts industry at the first round of Inspired Stages workshops recently.

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Teenagers from 33 different Cape Town schools were given the inspiration to follow their dreams during a series of workshops recently.

141 Teenagers with ambitions to pursue careers in the performing arts were given the chance to take part in the Inspired Stages workshop, an initiative between GrandWest and Inspired Stages’ Karen Burt.

The learners were given opportunities to collaborate, create, discover, develop and perform in a series of workshops covering music, dance, singing, events, technical, production and other skills.

For the participating teens, every day was like a backstage pass, which included guest sessions with industry professionals, role models, celebrities and performers. Mentors and special guests at the Inspired Stages workshops included Blackbyrd, Conrad Coch and Chester Missing, Kurt Darren, Four (South African X Factor winners), Kim Kallie, Thalia Burt, Rudi Smit, Devon Marshbank, Lynn Poulsen, Neil Benjamin, Leani Ekermans, Janice Roos, Shaun Johannes, Liam Burden, Odile Lesch, DJ Ready D and Ayanda Tini, Acoustic Element and Raquel Munn.

“Catering for teens with an interest in any aspect of the performing arts industry, Inspired Stages aims to ignite the passion and empower attitudes of the next generation, on and off the stage,” Burt says.

“Our recent workshops have shown that the performing arts can help develop teens’ self belief, self worth and self respect through the stages of performance and life.”

The next Inspired Stages workshops will take place in the third week of March.

For more information, or to get involved, call Karen Burt on 021 5545884 or email

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