Growing through the love of dance

2016-04-26 06:00
The dancers during one of their recent practise sessions in Tafelsig. PHOTO: Samantha lee

The dancers during one of their recent practise sessions in Tafelsig. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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They have grown in leaps and bounds and still they show no signs of slowing down.

Nead, a community organisation based in Tafelsig, recently held their first fundraiser at the Swartklip Indoor centre (“Dance group hosts fashion show”, People’s Post, 22 March).

The organisation’s flagship project, a dance programme, has since tripled with a steady stream of 30 dedicated dancers.

Previously, People’s Post reported on the dance group and their will to have a permanent dance coach. This wish came true shortly after in the form of professional dancer Shay Diedricks.

At only 17 years old, the teen has created much hype and excitement in the group, says Joanie Fredericks, Nead founder.

“She created an immediate bond with the children,” says Fredericks.

For the love of danceDiedricks is passionate and works with the children in a participative manner, Fredericks adds.

“I have been dancing for 10 years now and I am trained in ballet, contemporary and hip hop at the Eoan group school of Performing Arts. I started my own crew last year, and my aim was to help those at my school who have potential and can do better to reach their goals as dancers,” says Diedricks.

“I love working with younger children because the way I see it is as I am open for people older than me in the dance industry to help me as a dancer to grow, so in return I will always want to help others. Dance is a wonderful thing to do and can help you as a person in many ways, and with the young girls and boys in this community I aim to teach them not only dance, but also respect and discipline as well.”

Time to competeTheir first fundraiser went off without a hitch and Fredericks says they are well on their way to planning another before the end of the year.

“The children are at the stage where they want to be seen now and I think we will be ready for competitions soon. At first they danced for the love of it.

“Now that they have been taught some technique, they are in a position to compete,” says Fredericks.

However, this decision lies with the coach, she says.

The fundraiser also brought about interest in expanding the outreach projects.

Fredericks says they will look into this as time goes on. For now she is focussing on getting the children exposure.

“I have big dreams and I know they will come true. And having these children believing in me – that I will take them where they need to be – is a great motivation,” she says.

ThankfulNead would like to thank the team of volunteers, Chickro, Rozario Brown and Nivea, Signature Cosmetics and Celest April of Las Vegas Lounge for their support in making the fundraiser possible.V The organisation is still in need of skills, donations of tracksuit material and takkies for the children. Visit the NEAD Community Development NPC Facebook page to see how you can help.

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