School gives youth spring in their step

2015-07-14 06:00
Heideveld school of dance members practise on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the Cathkin community centre in Heideveld.

Heideveld school of dance members practise on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the Cathkin community centre in Heideveld.

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A group of Heideveld community members have decided to give the youth of the area an alternative way to express themselves outside that of sport.

The Heideveld school of dance was established in February to give children the opportunity to learn the sport of dancing after seeing a need for it.

According to Lynne Norman, one of the founding members of the club, they started the initiative on a volunteer basis because of the expensive nature of the sport.

“The main purpose is to keep the kids off the street, encourage healthy living and teach boys to be gentlemen and girls to be ladies,” she says.

She says that the club has grown from eight children to 35 in the last few months. The biggest challenge they face is having to provide the children with adequate equipment to harness their full potential.

“Dance shoes and clothes are very expensive, and for this reason we are very grateful to Cape Flats Youth Development, sponsored by Mandamp;M marketing, for donating 36 tracksuits for our kids.

“In particular, we are grateful to Chereen Booysen, Joseph Booysen and Abdullah Simons for making this possible. Also a special thanks to Cheslin Paris at UWC dance sport and Riyahd Marlie at Dandamp;A School of Dancing for taking the time to provide additional training for our children.”

The children practise on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the Cathkin community centre in Heideveld from 17:00 to 20:00. V

Anyone who is interested in partnering with the Heideveld school of dance can email Norman at

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