Nothing but Double Gold for the Dancescape Dancers
Had the Late Fiona Sargeant been alive today she would have been very proud of The Dancescape South Africa dancers. On Saturday the 18th of August 2018 they performed in 9 entries at this year’s Montagu Youth Arts Festival. All 9 pieces, which ranged from Ballet to contemporary and Pantsula, received double gold certificates. Whilst working with the dancers Fiona would have said “What you put in, is what you get out”. The dancers who are trained by Manie and Farouk Irving and directed by Mitya Sargeant have now receiving the benefits of what they had put in after hours and hours of hard work. Apart from the clean run of double gold they also received awards for the Best Ballet Group, Best Contemporary Group, Best Ballet Solo (Lutho Zwedala) and Best Ballet Duet/Trio/Quartet (Sibabalo November and Anele Bizwaphi). Trophies were also awarded to the Best Group Overall Entry and to the Most Promising Dancer (Lutho Zwedala). Manie and Farouk are delighted with the progress of the students and hope to build upon the success of this year’s festival.
Mitya Sargeant wins 1st prize at Montagu Book Festival
Mitya Sargeant, the director of Dancescape South Africa, has won first prize at this year’s Montagu Book Festival held in July 2018. He entered an English short story entitled “In pursuit of a dream”. The story is based on the workings of the Dancescape South Africa project and tells the story of a young dancer who has changed his life through hard work and commitment. The story also honors our founder member, the Late Fiona Sargeant. The story has been published in a book called “Sprankel” Please click here to read the full story……
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.