African Dances are largely participatory – it is a game-changer.
Dancing to the rhythm of the African beat is a demonstration of the power of music and the many different unique styles of African dance. You lose yourself to dance; after all, dance is an expression of your individuality and also a form of story-telling in honour to our history. It brings harmony by way of stories, songs and poetry in true African style. In some strange way, education, tradition and national pride marries as an integral celebration to our emotional strength and historical journey. Like an artist, you paint, sketch and mould a form of physical and social education as an awareness of their own bodies while also strengthening muscle quality, breathing capacity and an increase in confidence.
This is a golden opportunity to explore the physical form as a creative tool in a way that benefits creative expression and movement. As part of their learning, it provides the chance for performances eventually, and also an allowance of time for composition, choreography and improvisation.
Dancing in Schools – From Foundation Phase onwards
Proving the opportunity of choice from Foundation Phase; to develop the attention span, communication skills and creative ability is a tremendous responsibility while presenting the need for structured fun and play. They receive the necessary guidance with the power of imagination and artistic expectations, with emphasis on following directions. They develop balance, increased body and spatial awareness, and improved rhythm and musicality. They learn short combinations and, with practice, perform it with the professional help from the ballet educator. Over time, their technique improves; placing importance on attention to detail in terms of poise, posture, hands, arm and head placement. Learners acquire distinct dance competence to create, express and communicate through dance. As a vision, there is the hope that learners will pursue dance-related careers in the entertainment, education and performing arts industries.
We intend to train the dancers of the future so that they are preparing and nurturing skills that only ballet can teach. A discipline to learning to work hard on something that takes months to improve.
Being patient and diligent to achieve results that sometimes can never ever be perfected. Sculpture a body that is achievable by the discipline of ballet as a defined art which develops strong muscles. Tell a story that is found in vulnerability; to move an audience to feel an emotion that is varied and without explanation.
Remain positive after being expected to take correction at each lesson to better yourself, but to keep a sense of dignity and self-esteem.
The ballet educator facilitates the process like a juggler who has to balance the creative discipline of ballet while have fun, commitment and perseverance. All in the purpose of growing Grit…