South Africa - Sibahle, Dance for All
I love dance because it teaches us discipline and respect and you have opportunities to have a great future and it keeps us away from doing bad things...
UNESCO in its partnership with the ballet brand, Repetto, is working closely with Dance for All, a dynamic NGO that uses dance for underprivileged children in shantytowns and impoverished neighbourhoods in South Africa. Founded in 1995, Dance for All operates dance classes in classical ballet, African, contemporary and musical theatre for 900 children in the neighbourhoods of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Athlone and Strand, and in the rural areas of Barrydale and Montagu. Through dance, children develop their creativity, self-discipline and confidence, which then enables them to excel in all areas of their life, from school to home.
Here is Sibahle's testimony:
My name is Sibahle. I am 17 years old and doing Grade 10 at Alexander Sinton High School. I am in the Senior Training Programme at Dance for All. I have been dancing for 4 years at Dance for All. I started dancing because some of the Youth Company dancers inspired me when I watched them. So I decided to join because they were having lots of fun and camping and performing in different places. I love dance because it teaches us discipline and respect and you have opportunities to have a great future and it keeps us away from doing bad things. I enjoy every moment in Dance for All and being a dancer is an amazing thing - you feel so special and you also express your feelings in a silent manner when you are dancing. I think dancing is a talent that God gave to me, so I would like you guys to come and watch our beautiful dancers at Dance for All and also join our classes everyday from 3 until 5 in the afternoon - that is when we work to gain posture and techniques to improve our dancing. I love Dance for All, it has made me into a wonderful young looking girl and I thank all the teachers and organisations for their kindness.