Left: Johan Neethling manager of the BEE farm, Klipkuil donated the plums to make jam for the Zolani Bread Basket an Sandra Reichert, jam maker and our New Chairperson. View more about the Zolani Bread Basket
Middle and Right: Manie and Farouk Irving our new dance teachers. More about our new Teachers
Welcome to Dancescape South Africa
Dancescape Dance Teachers:
Farouk and Manie Irving
Farouk and Manie Irving have between them over 35 years of experience as professional dancers. They have both worked with the Cape Town City Ballet, the Playhouse Dance Company, Ikapa Dance company and the Bovim Ballet. They have both won Balletomane Awards for their dancing achievements. They both trained with Dudley Tomlinson at the University of Cape Town and Manie continued his training at the Urdang Academy of the Performing Arts in London. They have also performed in Musical Theatre and Manie has taken on acting roles and worked in stunts. Farouk who is 7 years older than Manie has several years of experience teaching at various organizations around Cape Town. Both brothers have spent time away from the theatre to work in a business environment, however their passion for the performing arts prevailed and both Farouk and Manie now want to give their vast knowledge and experience back to the career that has given them so much.
|Farouk Irving||Manie Irving|
|Farouk and Manie teaching class|
The Fiona Sargeant Legacy:
Fiona Sargeant (1965-2017) was trained in England by the: Nesta Brooking School, Elmhurst, Ballet Rambert and Central School of Ballet. She had the privilege of working with exceptional teachers, such as Christopher and Carole Gable and Simon Mottram, her first teacher to influence and encourage her love of teaching. She enjoyed a fifteen year professional career dancing with the London City Ballet, NAPAC Dance Company and CAPAB Ballet.
Her professional dancing career enabled her to perform and train internationally. Towards the end of her career she became involved with the CAPAB Ballets David Poole Trust 'Ballet for All' and later 'Dance for All'.
Above: Fiona Sargeant and trainee teachers Lihle Mfene, Lutho Zwendala and Anele Bizwaphi
Fiona was highly regarded as a mentor and teacher with a Royal Academy of Dance 'Distinction' Teaching Certificate. In her life time she was recognised with four prestigious awards:
1995 The Balletomanes 'Behind the Scenes' Award for her contribution to the development of Dance.
2011 The Montagu Advice Office 'Cornerstone Award' for 'tireless efforts in previously disadvantaged and rural communities'.
2012 The Breede River Winelands Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Award 'in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world'.
in 2015 Cape Winelands District Mayoral Award for Community Based Tourism Public Initiatives as the first recipient.
Fiona had a vision and passion for changing lives through dance, uplifting people through dance, and it is the desire of Dancescape South Africa to keep her legacy alive for the longest time.
Fiona has planted the seed which now need to be watered, nurtured and allowed to grow. Please enjoy these pictures of Fiona mostly taken in the last 9 Months of this year and of her life. She was a very special person, full of energy, love, filled with passion for life and the dance. She will be sorely missed. We believe that she is dancing on high.
Dancescape South Africa is proud to present to you our very first Patron. This DSA Patron is indeed special for at least 2 reasons. Firstly she started her dance training with our very own Fiona Sargeant back in the late 1990’s in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Fiona recognized her talent and passion in those days when she was just a nine year old girl. The second reason is that this Patron represents a success story for those wanting to pursue a career in the Dance. She depicts the journey from adversity to success. Surely this has an affinity with where we find ourselves in a rural disadvantaged township today.
Who is our Patron?
DSA would like you to meet Noluyanda Mqulwana
Noluyanda Mqulwana or Nolly as she is affectionately known, after starting her training with Fiona, as already mentioned, went to study at the Alexander Sinton School of the Arts. She joined the Dance For All Company in 2005 and then the Cinevox Junior Company in Switzerland in 2007.
Noluyanda’s career credits:
• Cape Town City Ballet Company
• InSpiration Dance Company
• Free Flight Dance Company
• La Rosa a Spanish Dance Company
• Jazzart Dance Theatre
• Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble performed in Royal Albert Hall &Cite de Musique (Paris)
• Dance For Life (Holland, Vancouver and British Columbia)
• The Lion King Musical (Singapore)
• FAIRPLAY FOUNDATION to establish with local organization and NGOs to start a School of Arts (Namibia 2012)
• De Konig de Lowen (Hamburg)
• Dreamgirls Benefit Show (2014)
• Spartacus Of Africa
• Dance Captain/Choreographer touring to New York, London and Tennessee with Mother Africa ‘Khayelitcha’ my home
• Joop van Ende Academy by Stage-Entertainment (Teacher in Hamburg)
• West Side Story (Salzburg)
• Dance Captain at the Expo Antalya Turkey 2016.
• Spartacus of Africa (new season 2016)
• 2017 Toured in New York, London and Tennessee in Dollywood with Mother Africa “Khayelitsha“ my home.
Noluyanda is about art and children, she strongly believes that through dance you can tell your life story, a story that words alone cannot always express. Children from all backgrounds can express themselves meaningfully through a healthy and valued communication in the universal language of dance. Noluyanda recently worked with the Dancecape dancers and is keen to be the inspiration for them to reach their dreams. Dancescape is thrilled that she is so willing to be their voice and ambassador. She takes us in her heart wherever she goes.
Education Initiative presented by M.M Bingham
May is a retired educationist, who volunteers at an Early Childhood Development Programme in Montagu and in the Dancescapes Project, which is two-pronged and provides the groups not being taught ballet to:
- Learn some reading and thinking skills
- Be productively busy, while waiting for their ballet lesson and
- Practice basic social and communication skills.
Research shows that the curriculum for Grade 1, 2 and 3 is ill-suited to the majority of children starting school in South Africa (56% in the Western Cape in 2016), because they have not had the 200 – 300 hours of interacting with text and pictures, which the curriculum assumes.
The gap in reading grows larger post-Grade 3 through to University, where students are measured on their ability to read and interpret texts, and write these interpretations. If tertiary students cannot read and interpret information, they are unable to progress either at their post-school studies or in the workplace.