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"A Festive Celebration" on the 8th of December 2018
Dear readers. It’s been a fantastic year for Dancescape South Africa (DSA). This year we were able to support Lihle Mfene to pursue further training at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and he will be joined by Lutho Zwedala next year. We employ two Resident Teachers and have recently added a Public Relations Officer who continues to do great work for us in the townships. We would be unable to do all of this without the kind donations of individuals from all around the world. This year our dancers won numerous awards at the Montagu Youth Arts Festival including the Best Dance Entry of the Festival 2018. We recently received the Winelands Mayoral Tourism Award for Best Special Project. To top the year up we will be showcasing our dancers at a performance called “A Festive Celebration” on the 8th of December at the KWV Building in Montagu. We invite you all to pack a picnic of your favorite eats and drinks and to join us at 4pm on that Saturday afternoon. Throw a blanket down and relax before the performance which will start at 6pm. Tickets are only R50 for Adults and R10 for children. Not only will you enjoy a fabulous evening of great dance but you will also be supporting us to continue our work for the benefit of the youth in the townships. Many of you have supported us and in particular Fiona Sargeant throughout the years. Fiona sadly passed away in 2017 and her wish was for the work that she started to continue. Only with your support will this be possible. For booking and more information please phone Mitya at 078 295 7879 or Patricia at 061 920 6940.
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.