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2016-10-11 06:00
ACT Scholarships played host to a showcase of performing arts talent on Saturday 1 October. The winners are (from left): Bronwyn Adams, Sindisile Nkuna, Katleho Mokhoabane and Songezo Khumalo.

ACT Scholarships played host to a showcase of performing arts talent on Saturday 1 October. The winners are (from left): Bronwyn Adams, Sindisile Nkuna, Katleho Mokhoabane and Songezo Khumalo.

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The stage at the University of Johannesburg’s Con Cowan Theatre played host to a phenomenal showcase of performing arts talent on Saturday 1 October. By the end of the show, four university students walked away with R170 000 worth of scholarships to continue their tertiary studies.

This Johannesburg leg of the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) scholarships programme saw first year dancer Bronwyn Adams (Western Cape) and first year musical theatre student Sindisile Nkuna (Mpumalanga) each take home R50 000 worth of scholarship funding, while second year singer Katleho Mokhoabane (Free State) and second year musical theatre student Songezo Khumalo (KwaZulu-Natal) won R35 000 respectively. Adams’ (22) passion for dance started at the age of seven. She is skilled in various dance genres, with a particular focus on African and contemporary.

In 2010, during her high school years, Adams joined the London-based AA Dance Company. After matriculating, she trained with Dance for All, gaining experience in Spanish, cabaret, salsa, jazz and hip-hop. At the Rainbow Academy of Performing Arts in 2015, she became skilled in business, playing different instruments and in the dramatic arts. She has appeared on live TV shows such as Expresso and Hectic9nine. Currently studying at the UCT School of Dance, she plans on becoming a dance choreographer and giving back to the community.

Tasked with selecting the winners were Moving into Dance’s CEO, Nadia Virasamy; theatre director and designer, Jade Bowers; and actress, Nicole Murugan – no easy feat, as the calibre of this year’s finalists was truly top notch.

Pieter Jacobs, ACT CEO, says the showcase was further testament to the abundance of creative talent our country possesses. “After seeing the finalists battle it out on stage, there is no doubt that not only the recipients, but also some of the runners-up will become household names and delight audiences for many years into the future.”

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), this year R320 000 is allocated to budding performing artists in their first and second year of tertiary studies from around the country.

Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the NLC, says they are honoured to assist these young artists to reach their full potential.

“Grants of this nature are in line with Governments commitment to provide opportunities for the youth of South Africa,” she says.

ACT has been supporting arts students through their scholarship programme since 2009.

But 2016 is an exciting year for the programme as there are more scholarships on offer.

The local showcase, which took place last month saw four more students clinch prize money to further their studies. A further six triple threat (sing, dance, act) matric students performed before an audience on Monday 10 October in front of a panel of judges in the hopes of laying claim to a scholarship that will entitle to them to begin their performing arts studies at an accredited South African tertiary institution of their choice.

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