Dance training

Siwela Sonke’s Dance training focuses on training and educating up-coming dancers amongst the youth for a professional career in dance performance and choreography. The classes provide professional courses for dance education, to create a culture of learning that promotes creativity and the development of individual and social responsibility through the means of dance. The teaching of creative dance and choreography is to enable learners to develop their own works of art that draws from the rich variety of indigenous and contemporary dance styles of South Africa such as Indlamu, gumboot, isiCathamiya, Bharatha Natyam, ballet and contemporary European and African dance (e.g. Pansula).  Composition is taught to recreate our histories, and rediscover the rich myths and legends of marginalised people whose stories have remained untold, or whose lives thus far have been inadequately represented in South African dance and theatre.  The goal is to address the historical gaps in artistic and cultural training that have resulted from decades of apartheid and colonial history and to develop the legacy of dance in KwaZulu Natal. 

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Our training progammes:

A three year professional training course in dance and dance education for up and coming young dancers audition to enter a full time training programme that comprise Dance Skills, Dance Theory, Health and Nutrition and Dance Education
After school part time youth dance programmes during afternoons, weekends and school holidays.
Community based satellite programmes in KwaZulu-Natal that offer dance development and training to communities with visiting teachers from the School.
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