One of our DSA dancers will soon be dancing in the USA
Dancescape South Africa is proud to announce that one of our students will be travelling to the United States of America to attend a dance intensive workshop in June and July of this year. Thimna Ndwe, a 15 year old learner at the Ashton CP School, was selected by former American Ballet Theatre Ballerina Kristine Elliot to attend the San Francisco Ballet summer school held in San Francisco.
Apart from ballet technique classes, Thimna will also have pas de deux, repertory, character, pantomime, contemporary and dance conditioning training.
We are very proud of Thimna who attends daily classes and rehearsals at the Dancescape South Africa studio in Zolani. Through her hard work and dedication she is now able to be given an opportunity to learn from some of the best dancers in the world. DSA would like to thank Kristine Elliot for all her help and financial support to make this trip possible.
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.