Turning passion into business

2019-01-29 06:00
The school participated in the South Africa Hip-Hop Dance Championships for the first time last year. Captured are the junior students.

The school participated in the South Africa Hip-Hop Dance Championships for the first time last year. Captured are the junior students.

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Having grown up in Grassy Park, Sasha Benjamin spread her wings to Kenilworth and turned passion into business.

She started a hip-hop and contemporary dance school in 2016, catering for students between the ages of four and 17 in Grassy Park, Kenilworth, Lansdowne, Heathfield, Strandfontein and Parow. And the numbers have been growing since.

Because of her love for dance and big dreams Sasha juggles between the classes and her job as a seafreight imports co-ordinator.

“If you are passionate about what you do, you will work hard to make a success of whatever career path you choose,” says the dance teacher and University of Cape Town (UCT) graduate.

“I always wanted to run my own dance school to allow the children to come and express themselves through dance. I believe that one has to be happy in what they do, and Arts and Culture offered at tertiary level has so many opportunities available. One needs to get out there and make things happen.”

Sasha now plans to extend her classes and add more dance styles including ballet, African dance, acrobatics and belly dancing. “I think the students have definitely grown in confidence and they are not as shy as some of them were when they first started. We plan to take part in more competitions this year, improve on our productions,” she says. The school has two productions per year. Sasha says they also plan to grow the school to accommodate everything, including their training initiatives. “Dancing teaches discipline and helps one feel comfortable in their own bodies no matter the body type. It gives chances to not only create but to express whatever we want. It has always been a part of my life; it cheers me up when feeling down which is something I wanted to impart to others,” Sasha concludes.

V For more information about the classes, contact Benjamin on 063 963 9569 or at chachaevents021@gmail.com.

Having grown up in Grassy Park, Sasha Benjamin spread her wings to Kenilworth and turned passion into business.

She started a hip-hop and contemporary dance school in 2016, catering for students between the ages of four and 17 in Grassy Park, Kenilworth, Lansdowne, Heathfield, Strandfontein and Parow. And the numbers have been growing since.

Because of her love for dance and big dreams Sasha juggles between the classes and her job as a seafreight imports co-ordinator.

“If you are passionate about what you do, you will work hard to make a success of whatever career path you choose,” says the dance teacher and University of Cape Town (UCT) graduate.

“I always wanted to run my own dance school to allow the children to come and express themselves through dance. I believe that one has to be happy in what they do, and Arts and Culture offered at tertiary level has so many opportunities available. One needs to get out there and make things happen.”

Sasha now plans to extend her classes and add more dance styles including ballet, African dance, acrobatics and belly dancing.

“I think the students have definitely grown in confidence and they are not as shy as some of them were when they first started. We plan to take part in more competitions this year, improve on our productions,” she says. The school has two productions per year. Sasha says they also plan to grow the school to accommodate everything, including their training initiatives.

“Dancing teaches discipline and helps one feel comfortable in their own bodies no matter the body type. It gives chances to not only create but to express whatever we want. It has always been a part of my life; it cheers me up when feeling down which is something I wanted to impart to others,” Sasha concludes.

V For more information about the classes, contact Benjamin on 063 963 9569 or at chachaevents021@gmail.com.

Having grown up in Grassy Park, Sasha Benjamin spread her wings to Kenilworth and turned passion into business.

She started a hip-hop and contemporary dance school in 2016, catering for students between the ages of four and 17 in Grassy Park, Kenilworth, Lansdowne, Heathfield, Strandfontein and Parow. And the numbers have been growing since.

Because of her love for dance and big dreams Sasha juggles between the classes and her job as a seafreight imports co-ordinator.

“If you are passionate about what you do, you will work hard to make a success of whatever career path you choose,” says the dance teacher and University of Cape Town (UCT) graduate.

“I always wanted to run my own dance school to allow the children to come and express themselves through dance. I believe that one has to be happy in what they do, and Arts and Culture offered at tertiary level has so many opportunities available. One needs to get out there and make things happen.”

Sasha now plans to extend her classes and add more dance styles including ballet, African dance, acrobatics and belly dancing.

“I think the students have definitely grown in confidence and they are not as shy as some of them were when they first started. We plan to take part in more competitions this year, improve on our productions,” she says. The school has two productions per year. Sasha says they also plan to grow the school to accommodate everything, including their training initiatives.

“Dancing teaches discipline and helps one feel comfortable in their own bodies no matter the body type. It gives chances to not only create but to express whatever we want. It has always been a part of my life; it cheers me up when feeling down which is something I wanted to impart to others,” Sasha concludes.

V For more information about the classes, contact Benjamin on 063 963 9569 or at chachaevents021@gmail.com.

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