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    or Email Through the medium of dance and specifically classical ballet Zama Dance School aims to develop young dancers choreographers and teachers by equipping them with a sense of pride self discipline and achievement In addition Zama seeks to improve

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  • Zama Dance School in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town
    The Zama Dance School Trust grew out of one woman s drive to teach ballet to underprivileged children matched equally by patron Raymond Ackerman s desire to nurture their careers in the arts Zama students come primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds In their principal Arlene Westergaard I found a woman who through sheer guts and determination was teaching these kids to express their joy their anger and their emotions through the mediums of dance and music says Ackerman In 1984 Arlene put heart and soul into living her dream when she left the jazz dance centre she ran in Cape Town to work with African children A dancer from age three Arlene had always wanted to work with underprivileged children and began by asking the Department of Race Relations to find her some students Sacred space She was given six children one of whom had a father who was a minister in a nearby township Gugulethu He became interested in what they were doing and surprised to learn that township children were keen on classical dance offered them the use of the church Once the pews were pushed back it made space for once a week classes for 56 students from Nyanga Khayelitsha Langa and Gugulethu ranging in age from five to 19 Within a year classes were held five days a week and Westergaard was teaching full time To support herself she sold her house invested the money and lived off the interest until 1990 when she persuaded Dr Dulcie Howes and Raymond Ackerman to be the school s patrons and Pick n Pay to become its major benefactor Good intentions Almost immediately Ackerman established a trust to ensure a long term future for the school and its students Although there is a nominal tuition fee those who cannot afford to pay are granted bursaries Zama s aim is to change children s lives for the better we are committed to continue doing so as long as we have their parents blessings and the limited financial backing to feed and enrich our school with the essential basic needs said Arlene We want to develop choreographers dancers and teachers with a sense of team work self discipline pride and achievement Foreign embassies and large corporate companies have sponsored individual projects Extra funding is needed for ballet shoes clothes tights tracksuits and transport to competitions or outside events Students participate in dance festivals and eisteddfods wherever possible to get exposure and to meet other dancers After completing matric they have the opportunity to further their training by studying for dance diplomas and degrees at other institutions Pioneering performance Arlene said that Zama Dance School was the first black classical ballet group to perform at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1985 They were a hit but people questioned why black dancers were doing classical ballet instead of their own kind of dancing Arlene wanted to show people that African children can do classical ballet I m sick and tired of hearing people say

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  • Zama Dance School in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town
    grandmother enrolled her at Zama Dance School to keep her off the streets and out of trouble In 1997 she completed a national diploma in dance at the then Pretoria Technikon The following year she received a one year international scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York In 1997 at the age of 20 Mamela was the first South African woman to receive a scholarship for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York Without the training in strength and technique I learned from Arlene I don t think I would have been chosen for Alvin Ailey she says Mamela then joined the dance company at the Pretoria State Theatre Career highlights also include dancing the lead role in Richard Loring s African Footprint performing with The Lion King in The Netherlands receiving a scholarship to attend the Vienna International Dance Festival winning the FNB Vita Award for The Dying Swan at Dance Indaba and being selected as the South African representative for the Superstars of Dance television show in the US She made it to the semi final round On her return to Cape Town Mamela taught at Zama Dance School for six months where she also choreographed two pieces for the school and has taught and choreographed for various dance companies in the area She coordinates a project under MOVE 1524 for the University of Stellenbosch which addresses social issues such as HIV Aids domestic violence and drugs Mamela has toured a self choreographed solo piece Hatch to the Netherlands Mexico and around South Africa Choreographic commissions include Kutheni for the FNB Dance Umbrella and Mendi for the Baxter Dance Festival Back to top Vuyokazi Rubuxa Secretary It s not only the children who come to regard Zama Dance School as their home away from home Vuyokazi Vuyo Rubuxa secretary at the school since 1999 feels the same way The school is open Monday to Friday but when we have Saturday rehearsals performances or visitors to the school I m always there to host them she says She had completed a one year administration course at the Skills Training for Employment Centre in Salt River near Cape Town when Miss Arlene arrived looking for somebody to work at the school Vuyo was selected and began fulfilling basic secretarial duties at the school Arlene coached her on writing and communication skills and Vuyo is now able to correspond with parents and visitors to the school help organise functions arrange transport to events and attend meetings She says she loves working with the children and talking to their parents I also accompany the children to events I m their dresser and child minder and I make sure they all return home safely afterwards says Vuyo Back to top Peter Johnson Senior Tap Teacher Peter obtained his musical theatre diploma at Cape Academy of Performing Arts in 2009 He has been tapping since the age of nine and has appeared in many professional productions choreographed and directed

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  • Zama Dance School in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town
    Angela Hansford and Xola Putye through to Zama for their most amazing performances Former Zama Dance School students Busi Langa Neige Virgilio and Sibu Sbuda Joined us at Zama for our end of year concert The performance was repeated Saturday morning and the Zama performers were invited to come and watch the CTCB dancers from the front which they thoroughly enjoyed This performance with an added junior Tap number from the Grade 1 students choreographed by Sam Snow was for our students friends and family as well as community members and was followed by a presentation of their ballet exam certificates It was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd of over a hundred and the Zama children were thrilled to hear that their Christmas surprise this year is a trip to Ratanga Junction Cape Town City Ballet guest dancers Angela Hansford Xola Putye performed the Gypsy Pas de Deux Coda from Don Quixote act 3 at Zama Dance School on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November Bridging the Gap For some time we have been trying to find a way of accessing a social worker for the Zama students With the assistance of Zama Dance School Trustee Melanie Stark we have explored many avenues with little or no success During November we reached out to two of the local primary schools which make up the majority of our students as part of the new Bridging the Gap programme Bridging the Gap is in its early stages and we have so far only met with these two principles but it is a start and I hope to communicate with more schools in the hope of sharing recourses Back to top October 2013 Adele Blank Workshop South African doyenne of contemporary dance Adele Blank joined us at the Zama studios alongside students from Sannette van der Mescht s ballet studio Dance for Change for an afternoon of class and choreography which afforded them all the opportunity to work with her and experience her unique teaching and choreographic style A piece created by Blank on young dancers for Johannesburg s Market Theatre recently as well as 2 pieces by Zama s dance students was later performed in a performance for our local community as well as parents of young students from Dance for Change which is based in Pinelands Adele Blank is known for her cutting edge work and for her tireless dedication to the development of South African artistes who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to train formally in dance Hundreds of dancers work professionally locally and abroad as a result of Adele s commitment encouragement and love of dance Adele Blank recently launched a trust fund established in her name http abfftrust co za The trust has been established to afford young emerging dancers who would otherwise not have the means or opportunity for post school training at a dance center of excellence abroad The time frame for this extraordinary opportunity would be 6 months to a year and the students would then return to South Africa to share their knowledge South African doyenne of contemporary dance Adele Blank joined us at the Zama studios alongside students from Sannette van der Mescht s studio Dance for Change Guest teacher from the Cape Town City Ballet Tusile Tenza from the Cape Town City Ballet joined us for a week in to teach classes Although not originally from Zama Tusile is from the area and the children adored him Tusile came to us as part of an agreement between Zama Dance School Cape Town City Ballet and the Amy Biehl Foundation where we would share recourses Through this partnership Cape Town City Ballet agreed to perform 2 numbers at our end of year concert on Friday 29th November Tusile Tenza with the Cape Town City Ballet s Keith Mackintosh and Zama dance School students September 2013 Zama Nomination Zama is nominated for an award by the Western Cape Government Cultural Affairs and Sport under the Arts and Culture Contribution to the Performing Arts Dance section We will hopefully hear from them after their adjudication in early 2014 Our new portable ballet Barres arrived this month and will make their debut in the ballet studio after the school half term break Our older semi portable barres were fixed to the dance floor around the sides of our expansive dance studio Over the past 13 years they have wriggled around by enthusiastic students and lately began damaging the expensive dance floor So the old barres will be stored away and we will begin using our new portable barres which will also enhance our teaching abilities by bringing the students closer to the teacher who works the sound system which is in a fixed position The barres can be brought closer to the front Zama s new portable Ballet Barres make a welcomed new addition to the studio Back to top Theatre Dance Association TDA Eisteddfod We ve been working furiously hard this month in preparation for the 2013 Eisteddfod at the Sea Point Civic Centre The eisteddfod comes once a year and is without a doubt the highlight of our students year Apart from making new friends and catching up with old they get to perform and compete against students from other Cape Town based dance schools This year there were over 80 schools competing and around 900 children entering in different artistic fields Zama entered the set solo dance category and three group dance sections with excellent results The HEATS Little Miss Muffet 7 to 8 yr old Set Solo Monica Dumakude 98 1st place Diploma Tennis Dance 9 10yr old Set Solo Tshepang Shumba 96 50 Diploma Buntu Anta 89 79 Diploma Zinzi Buthelezi 86 64 Honours Doll Dance 10 11 yr old Set Solo Amohelang Rooiland 97 33 Diploma Chuma Nkumanda 95 49 Diploma Zikhona Papiyana 95 33 Diploma Asanda Mehana 91 81 Diploma Boys classical Solo 13 14yr old Thimna Sitokisi 96 83 Diploma Lwazi Saphula 92 82 Diploma Tap Any Age Group 93 81 Diploma Bad Things Any Age Group 87 45 Diploma Friends and Other People 100 Diploma The FINALS Bad Things Choreographed for Zama by British guest teacher Emma Jordan won first place medal in the groups section Monica Dumakude was awarded a We Saw You medal for her excellent Little Miss Muffett Tshepang Shumba was awarded R250 for her Eye Catching Tennis Dance Amohelang Rooiland was awarded a Most Promising Junior medal for her Doll Dance Thimna Sitokisi was awarded R500 for his solo in the classical ballet section The LEAP programme visits Zama Dance School During the month of June six professional dancers from America visited Zama Dance School where they taught ballet classes repertory and choreographed for 60 of our excited young dance students The six American dancers who enrolled in the LEAP programme Liberal Education for the Arts Professionals a BA Degree course offered at Saint Mary s College in California travelled half way across the world to spend two exciting weeks with the Zama children Through their teaching at Zama and time spent with the teaching faculty the professional dancers learnt about the principles inherent in the study of dance including how self discipline and perseverance plays an important role in the lives of these young people living in Cape Town s townships They learnt too that having a career in dance may only apply to a small percentage of Zama students but that the majority of children exposed to dance benefit hugely when it comes to confidence dedication punctuality and self worth Their hard work came together on Friday afternoon when Zama hosted and presented what had been learnt in a studio concert attended by the families and friends of the students It was once again presented at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts CAPA in Tokai the following day CAPA is recognized as one of the leading dance academies in the Western Cape if not South Africa so it was a truly special occasion for Zama dancers to perform alongside CAPA s counter parts who had also taken part in the LEAP workshop Keelan Whitmore from LINES Ballet Company San Francisco puts Zama Dance School students through their paces Mantu Jakavula June also saw former Zama Dance School student Mantu Jakavula return and conduct a week long workshop with the students On a short break between contracts he agreed to spend some of his time with us at the school which we were naturally thrilled about It s so important to have former students return and teach as well as mentor It s not always possible taking into account their busy professional timetables but when they do return and share their knowledge our students see first hand that they can also have careers on stage if they desire and are prepared to work for it Mantu Jakavula spent the past year performing for Costa Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf but is excited to be back teaching at Zama May 2013 Ballet at Artscape On the 10th of May we took a small group of our senior dancers to Artscape Opera House to see a performance of the Cape Town City Ballet s Camille Our very own ballet teacher Leanne Voysey was a guest artist in this season and performed the role of Anina Camille s faithful servant We were also treated to a backstage pass where we met the two leading artists Lisa Vieira and Daniel Szybkoski Backstage pass Zama students meet Cape Town City Ballet s Lisa Vierira and Daniel Szybkoski March 2013 Emma Louise Jordan During the second week of March British guest teacher and choreographer Emma Louise Jordan arrived from Freiberg Germany She taught our senior students for three weeks and produced a new piece for the school called Bad Things Based on a Cowboy Vampire theme and danced to the theme tune for the popular TV series True Blood the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves We look forward to entering it at the Eisteddfod later this year Guest choreographer Emma Louise Jordan returns home much to the dismay of us all at Zama but more so to the students in her piece So You Think You Can Dance Fifteen Zama students were once again sponsored by Theatre Dance Association to participate in this year s So You Think You Can Dance convention held at Reddam House in Tokai The guest teachers all winners or runners up from the 2012 season of the hit American version of this show were Chehon Tiffany and Melanie Melanie from So You Think You Can Dance takes the junior class at the dance convention held at Reddam House Tokai February 2013 Zama Graduates Moving Forward 18 year olds Candice Dongwe and Sonia Yabo both long time students of Zama were accepted by two of Cape Town s finest tertiary establishments Candice Dongwe secured a place at the UCT School of Dance where she has begun her three year Dance Teacher s Diploma and Degree course We believe Candice will enjoy a wonderful career on stage one day and we look forward to following her journey We hope she will return to her roots here at Zama and help motivate the next generation as others have before her Sonia Yabo auditioned for the Waterfront Theatre School this month and was immediately accepted The Waterfront Theatre School has a very high success rate of general theatre employment particularly in the musical world so wish Sonia all the best and look forward to seeing her on stage one day Zama Dance School would like to acknowledge Mrs Wendy Ackerman who has supplied invaluable financial support so that both Candice and Sonia can move forward towards their chosen careers January 2013 Zama opened its doors for 2013 registration on the 16th January which was once again co ordinated by the school s secretary Vuyokazi Rubuxa The results of our refreshed partnership with the Amy Biehl Foundation last year were plain to see this year when 26 new Grade 1 dancers from the Nomlinganiselo Primary School in New Cross Roads enrolled for classes The Zama school bus driven by Andrew Petersen is now used daily to fetch and drop our new Grade 1 s as well as shop for the feeding scheme Back to top 2012 November 2012 November was a busy month at Zama with internal ballet exams being held and two end of year studio concert performances All students passed Zama s internal ballet exams this year with the majority receiving marks between 80 90 The first of our two concerts held at the school was for Mr Mrs Ackerman our Trustees funders and friends The second was for the general public but mostly friends and family of our students Both performances were received well and the school packed to the rafters October 2012 For two of our young male students exam time came early this year Thimna Sitokisi and Lwazi Saphula both 13 years old took the external Royal Academy of Dance s Intermediate Foundation exam this month September 2012 The beginning of September saw the end of the TDA Eisteddfod and Zama was invited to dance in the Finals against other winning groups Zama s group dance Beautiful Things choreographed by Leanne Voysey competed for top spot and came in 1st with Gold We also presented our Productions group Mamelani This came in 2nd and was awarded Silver Another highlight was 13 year Thimna Sitokisi receiving the award for best junior dancer in the whole competition This year teachers were recognised for their work and Andrew Warth walked away with the TDA Fabulous Trophy We at the TDA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrew Warth on winning the TDA FABULOUS trophy a Teachers award at this year s Eisteddfod of the Performing Arts This year it went to you in recognition of your involvement dedication and commitment to the ZAMA dancers Your genuine concern and love for the kids is so evident and there could not be a more worthy winner of this coveted trophy Well done to your contribution to dance in general to ensuring that it is enjoyed by all We at the TDA acknowledge the huge part that you play in promoting and keeping dance alive in our disadvantaged areas and amongst our less fortunate communities we are fully aware of the impact you have on the developing youth in the Western Cape Di Fincham Janice Tighe Denise Morrison Zama also visited the Teplov ballet shoe factory in Somerset West this month which the children loved 30 students were transported in 2 kombi s and a car In their new dance uniforms which we ordered from First Edition Clothing and their new shoes the children looked smart for end of year ballet exams August 2012 August is Eisteddfod month This year there were 89 schools competing and well over 1000 children took part Zama entered the solo dance category and two group dance sections Zama s solo dancers all walked away with High Merits and Honours Thimna the only boy in that section was awarded Diploma the highest mark possible and was then also awarded the Best Overall Junior Dancer award The new Zama school bus is now operational and the Zama team has a new member our driver Mr Andrew Peterson June 2012 Zama students took part in the Theatre Dance Association s Inspirational Workshop which was held at the UCT School of Dance With over a 100 participants from dance studios from across the Western Cape this year s theme was Musicals Acting Singing and Dancing May 2012 New students from the Amy Biehl Foundation started this month increasing our numbers to 90 They are bussed in by the Amy Biehl Foundation on Friday afternoons for our popular Introductory Class The new Zama Dance School website was launched It contains lots of interesting information on Zama s 25 yr history including how Mr Ackerman and the school s founder Arlene Westergaard teamed up in the early days Zama s Candice Dongwe auditioned for the UCT School of Dance and was accepted Leanne and I attended a 3 day syllabus training course held by Royal Academy of Dance RAD This ensures Zama continues to provide a level of teaching in keeping with international standards April 2012 We received and laid our new dance mats this month Ballet mats or dance mats are an essential piece of studio equipment They prevent injuries incurred through slipping and falling and also prolong the life of the wooden floor below Ballet shoes last twice as long on the smoother mat surface than on the rough and sometimes splintery wooden floors The entire school was invited to a matinee performance of the Cape Town City Ballet s Giselle It was a beautiful performance danced to orchestra and the students were treated to a special behind the scenes tour after the show Not only did they see what it looks like back stage during a huge production like Giselle but they were also introduced to leading dancers Megan Swart and Thomas Thorne January 2012 New ballet teacher Leanne Voysey joined the Zama teaching team and former student Mamela Nyamza returned as guest contemporary dance teacher and choreographer Khulile Mbizela passed his RAD Intermediate Ballet exam in November of 2011 with a MERIT and we were extremely proud to award him his certificate in front of the other students Khulile is a shining example of one of Zama s many success stories in the community of Gugulethu and its surrounds He not only exceeded our expectations but his own as well by passing this extremely complicated and challenging exam He s a positive role model to all the students at the school proving that with hard work and determination one can achieve anything January 2012 new ballet teacher Leanne Voysey joined the Zama Dance School teaching team Back to top 2011 and before End of year party and

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  • Zama Dance School in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town, South Africa
    streets and out of trouble In 1997 she completed a national diploma in dance at the then Pretoria Technikon The following year she received a one year international scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York In 1997 at the age of 20 Mamela was the first South African woman to receive a scholarship for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York Without the training in strength and technique I learned from Arlene I don t think I would have been chosen for Alvin Ailey she says Mamela then joined the dance company at the Pretoria State Theatre Photo by Peter Bauermeister Career highlights also include dancing the lead role in Richard Loring s African Footprint performing with The Lion King in The Netherlands receiving a scholarship to attend the Vienna International Dance Festival winning the FNB Vita Award for The Dying Swan at Dance Indaba and being selected as the South African representative for the Superstars of Dance television show in the US She made it to the semi final round On her return to Cape Town Mamela taught at Zama Dance School for six months where she also choreographed two pieces for the school and has taught and choreographed for various dance companies in the area She coordinates a project under MOVE 1524 for the University of Stellenbosch which addresses social issues such as HIV Aids domestic violence and drugs Mamela has toured a self choreographed solo piece Hatch to the Netherlands Mexico and around South Africa Choreographic commissions include Kutheni for the FNB Dance Umbrella and Mendi for the Baxter Dance Festival Back to top Mantu Michael Jakavula Mantu trained at Zama Dance School from the age of eight He won a scholarship to study for a national dance diploma at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria Mantu was then sent by the Ackerman Family Foundation to participate in a six week summer intensive workshop at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York He returned in 2007 to perform in The Lion King SA which toured to Taipei He subsequently worked with choreographer Adele Blank before joining Bovim Ballet for its inaugural season of Tango Nights at Artscape Theatre in 2009 Thereafter he joined Dance for All s Inspirations Dance Company He now works as a freelance artist Photo by Richard Olivier Back to top Nontle Monde Nontle arrived at Zama Dance School a very talented seven year old with a strong physical structure as can be seen in this photo of her rising up onto demi pointe and never stopping until she stood barefoot on full pointe She came from a very troubled and impoverished background and extra sandwiches were always available for her to eat during the breaks at rehearsals Nontle had no direction when she came to Zama but it wasn t long before she became a member of the performing team and Zama became her home away from home as it still does for many of its students

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  • Zama Dance School in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town
    HOME ABOUT ZAMA ZAMA PE0PLE ZAMA NEWS ZAMA STARS GALLERY OUR DONORS CONTACT US Tel 27 0 21 638 6861 or Email Loading image Please wait GetWebCentre

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  • Zama Dance School in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town
    School Trust would like to acknowledge the generosity of the businesses organisations and individuals that helps us keep the doors of the Zama Dance School open to the children of Gugulethu over the last 25 years For information on how you can support us financially please contact Melanie Stark on 021 434 1426 or email melanies telkomsa net Logo conception by Tony Draga and finished design by Linette de Kock

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  • Zama Dance School in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town
    green mosque on the left and at the second junction turn left into Klipfontein Road direction Gugulethu You will see the Manenberg SAPS at this junction Stay on Klipfontein Road for 1 8km You will pass 2 churches on your right At the 2nd pinkish red Methodist Church turn right into Gugulethu Gasela Street At the first stop street turn left it s an unmarked street and take the first

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