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2018

January 2018

January: Zama Opens for 2018 Registration.
Zama opened its doors for 2018 registration on January 23rd which was again coordinated by our secretary, Vuyokazi. During the same week, the dusty studio and dressing rooms were cleaned and prepared for classes and shopping was done for feeding scheme. Launched in 2010, the feeding scheme ensures all our students receive a delicious, nutritious meal after their 3 weekly classes. Sandwiches with assorted fillings, hotdogs and beef burgers with chips are prepared daily on the premises by Nomtha and are accompanied with fruit and juice or milk. Classes began on Wednesday the 25th and as always, we gave a special welcome to our lovely new Grade 1 class. (which is particularly big this year) We fitted all 30 of our newbies with ballet shoes and spent the following week sewing elastics.

February: Fine Music Radio Strictly Music
The drought is on all our lips in Cape Town and we have been doing our part to save water at Zama. Since the start of the year we’ve had to make huge adjustments and have stopped using the showers completely. Toilets are flushed only when necessary, which has not been easy, with over 100 students coming in for three classes a week! We were therefore thrilled when approached by Fine Music Radio (FMR) with their wish to launch a campaign, aptly named Strictly Water, which will help raise funds for an alternative water system for the school. With a target of thirty thousand Rand FMR was hoping to buy us a 5000 Litre water tank filled with water and cover the cost of all necessary plumbing. Unbelievably this target was reached within 4 days of the campaign airing on the radio! A huge thank you to Fine Music Radio and their listeners for their generous support and helping keep us all on our toes from us all at Zama Dance School. #Strictlywater

Strictly Water: Vanessa Levenstein Senior Copywriter for Fine Music Radio

The Show Must Go On
Come rain or shine the show must go on. But what about the drought? For nearly 30 years ZAMA DANCE SCHOOL in Gugulethu has trained young dancers not only for the stage, but for life! However, life at the school has been challenged by something far greater than the magician’s spell on the swans. The crisis is that there is no water for the Zama swans in the lake!

A Balanced Place
Dance is a vital part of Cape Town’s cultural life. Zama Dance School has trained young dancers, choreographers, and teachers, whilst equipping them with a sense of pride, self-discipline and achievement. Andrew Warth, Director of Zama Dance School, is acutely aware of the threat the drought poses to the wellbeing of the students.

“Zama Dance School has provided a safe and nurturing learning environment for hundreds of at-risk children in Gugulethu and the surrounding townships FOR NEARLY 30 years. Water is vital for the daily functioning of our dance school, which for many has become a second home.”

The Waltz of Water
For Zama to continue to flow, they need an alternate water system, one that does not rely solely on municipal water. The solution is simple: Water tanks that connect to the plumbing system, so that the toilets can flush, and the dancers can shower. The cost and installation is approximately R 26 700-00. The remaining R3 300 will be used to purchase non-potable water from a licensed source to fill the tanks before (hopefully) the rainy season.

Zama don’t have the funds for this operation and that’s where Fine Music Radio has stepped in. FMR listeners are not only lovers of music, art and dance, but are pro-social, active citizens. FMR’s Station Manager, Mark Jennings is confident that together they can help Zama, “Time and time again our listeners have proved to be deeply altruistic. At the moment the 100 students who attend the dance school in the afternoons have been instructed not to flush the loos or shower. This is because of the acute need to save water, and the high cost of municipal water caused by the drought. We want to plumb in a 5000-litre water tank that will give them 550 flushes per tank-load. It’s not a lot when you think that R30 000 breaks down to R300 a dance student.” Andrew Warth is hopeful, “I would like to thank Fine Music Radio and their loyal listeners for helping us keep our doors open during the Cape’s water crisis”.

February: Aviwe’s Fractured Wrist.
February did not begin well for one of our students, 13-year-old Aviwe. Whilst crossing a road he was knocked over by a car and broke his wrist. Fortunately, the driver stopped and took him to the day hospital where he was treated and fitted with a cast. We learnt about the accident the following day and took a drive up to KTC to pay him a visit. There was something peculiar about the cast in that it covered his hand and went right up under his arm pit. Leanne and I both felt he needed a second opinion as his hand looked bent and distorted and his arm very uncomfortable.

With his mum’s permission, Leanne did some research and Dr McGuire an excellent orthopaedic surgeon at UCT Private Hospital was highly recommended. Dr McGuire X-rayed his wrist and was appalled by what he saw. The fractures in Aviwe’s wrist had not actually been corrected and it was sadly the strangest application of a cast he had ever seen. Aviwe was admitted the following day into the Orthopaedic ward at Groote Schuur hospital where he underwent surgery. He was there for 2 days and 2 nights. (Judging by his never-ending text messages, the longest 2 days of his life) Thank you, Leanne, for buying Aviwe airtime and keeping him company.

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Leanne keeps Aviwe company over the weekend at Groote Schuur hospital.
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Waiting for X-rays

We managed to get Aviwe discharged on Sunday morning and Leanne and I went to fetch him and take him home to KTZ. We couldn’t have chosen a worse day to be driving through Gugulethu...

February: Riots and Protests Rock Gugulethu
Riots and protests rocked the streets of Gugulethu during February and on one occasion we had to close the school and send everyone home. Maybe the most frightening day for Leanne and I was the day we drove Aviwe home from hospital. We had grown accustomed to rocks on the road and smouldering tyres on street corners from the previous week but lost in conversation we found ourselves in the thick of it. Thankfully, many good Samaritans in the community stopped us and warned us of the danger ahead. We were able to get Aviwe home and ourselves safely in and out of the area by using an alternative route.

Riots

February: South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC)
The prestigious SAIBC, founded by Dirk Badenhorst, has become one of Cape Town's most anticipated dance events and is the only international ballet competition on the African continent. This year's SAIBC took place at the end of Februaryand a group of our students was invited to the preliminary rounds on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th. This year sawthe largest amount of entriesever, with over 100 competitors representing 14 countries. Competing in the junior sectionthis year was our very own Zama graduate , 18 year old Thimna Sitokisi. Thimna graduated from Zama in 2016 and has since been a full-time student at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts in Westlake.

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Zama graduate Thimna Sitokisi in his classical solo from Satanella.
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La Mouche. Thimna's contemporary solo choreographed on him by daniel Rajna. Both photos by Pat Bromilow Downing
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Thank you, Mr Dirk Badenhorst, for inviting me to teach your classes at this year's SAIBC. Congratulations to you and your team for another exiting competition and inspiring dance. Well done to all the competitors from around the world but especially our young South Africans who made us all proud.

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March 2018

March 5th: Breakdancing with B Boy D (Duane Lawrence)
Our Hip Hop classes continued in March with a 2 hour breakdance workshop held on Sunday the 5th. Guest teacher, Duane Lawrence, who’s stage name is B-boy D, is from the Ubuntu Crew (they won the World Breaking Championships in 2006, 2009 & 2010) I have been told by everyone who knows anything about breakdancing in South Africa that Cape Town’s Ubuntu Crew, which was founded 14 years ago by Duane and his brother Jed, delivers top class Hip Hop. Duane is also a recording artist and recently released his first solo album. He says that his passion is to dance, uplift and inspire which he certainly did that at Zama. We hope to have him back again soon.

Some interesting Breakdancing trivia. It is also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling and is an athletic style of street dance originating in Puerto Rico and the US in the mid 70’s.

A practitioner of this dance form is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. Although the term "breakdance" is frequently used to refer to the dance form, "b-boying" and "breaking" are the original terms that are preferred by many of the pioneers and most notable practitioners today. Wikipedia.

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Guest teacher Duane Lawrence teaches breaking at Zama.
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Zama’s Hip Hop choreographer Taryn Van Zyl with Duane and the performance team.

April 2018

Sonia Yabo Takes Flight
How wonderful it was to hear that former Zama Dance School student, Sonia Yabo, had graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School during April. She has also secured a teaching job at a ballet school in the Free State, which is even better news. We are so proud of Sonia and grateful to Delia Sainsbury (Director at the Waterfront Theatre School) who not only trained her but was also instrumental in finding this employment opportunity.

Sonia had Meningitis and TB during her early years at Zama. After a lengthy stay in hospital, she returned to her ballet classes, but it took a long time for her to fully recover. With extremely hard work, she graduated from Zama and became a full-time student at the Waterfront Theatre School. All this makes it so much sweeter that she is now well on her way.

Sonia Yabo

We couldn’t be any prouder of former Zama Dance School student Sonia Yabo who graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School this month and began work as the fulltime ballet teacher at Centre Ballet in the Free State.
Sonia Yabo

Russian Ballet Society
It was with great excitement that Miss Tamara Moubayed from the Russian Ballet Society (UK) returned for a 4-day dance workshop during the Easter break. We first met Miss Tamara in April last year when Leanne and I qualified in the Russian teaching method. This year’s workshop focused more on the children, which provided a wonderful opportunity for Leanne and I to consolidate what we had learnt last year. Because we were more familiar with this teaching method, we were able to ask more in-depth questions and absorb Tamara’s wealth of knowledge.

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A brief history of the Russian Ballet Society teaching method (Legat)
Nicolas Legat joined the Mariinsky Theatre ballet company after graduating from the Imperial Theatre School in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1888. He was soon performing principal roles in Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee and Sleeping Beauty, partnering great ballerinas of the day, Mathilde Kshessinska and Olga Preobrazhenska. He also taught at the Imperial Theatre School, where his pupils included Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Mikhail Fokine and Vaslav Nijinsky, all of whom in their turn became stars both in Russia and abroad when Diaghilev brought Russian ballet to the west. As a teacher, Legat was the link between Petipa, Cecchetti and his own pupil Agrippina Vaganova, who never left Russia and Alexander Puskin, the beloved teacher of the great Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Having lived through the revolutions and upheavals of the first two decades of the 20th century in Russia, Legat finally severed his ties with the Mariinsky Theatre and the Imperial school in 1923. He spent some time in Europe and was ballet master for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in the mid 1920’s before finally settling in London in 1930. Legat’s popular “class of perfection” was attended by the founding figures of English ballet (The Royal Ballet) and included Ninette de Valois, Anton Dolin, Alicia Markova and the young Margot Fonteyn. (Adapted from an article by Jane Gall Spooner)

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Duane Lawrence

Miss Tamara’s visit was made possible by the Russian Ballet Society (RBS) who reduced their training fees considerably to accommodate Zama. We would like to thank the RBS President Deborah Adamou and Artistic Director Robert Hampton for making this possible again this year as well James Fernie and Uthando SA who funded her trip.

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May / June 2018

May 8th: A Warm Welcome on Board
Our annual Trustees meeting was held on the 8th of May this year. We welcomed two new Trustees to the Zama family; Ruth Bele and Mervyn Williams. Mrs. Bele lives near the school in Gugulethu and is the mother of 12-year-old Similise, now in her third year with us. Mr Williams is no stranger to the South African dance scene or Zama Dance School. He has spent over 3 decades performing with the Cape Town City Ballet (formerly the CAPAB Ballet Company) and has examined young Zama students on numerous occasions over the years.

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New Trustees, Ruth Bele and Mervyn Williams welcomed on Board

May 18th: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The drought had been on all our lips in Cape Town during the summer and we did our part to save water at Zama. Since the start of the year we’ve had to make huge adjustments. Toilets were flushed only when necessary and we stopped using the showers completely. (Not easy with over 100 students coming in for three classes a week.)

We were therefore thrilled when approached by Fine Music Radio (FMR) with their idea to launch a campaign, aptly named Strictly Water, which would help raise funds for an alternative water system for the school. The target of thirty thousand Rand was reached within a week of the campaign airing on the radio. On Saturday the 19th May, the new tanks were switched on which was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Despite FMR telling listeners that the target had been reached, donations continued to pour in, totalling R52 300. Sandy Geffen from Lew Geffen of Sotheby's International Realty was one such donor who donated R30 000 in memory of her son Barak. The remaining funds will be used to purchase water as needed. Thank you FMR, Lawrence Benatar for the water system installation and to Lynda Jennings for the wonderful photos.

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We are overwhelmed by the generosity of FMR listeners. Cape Town may be experiencing a drought, but it has not dried up the hearts of Capetonians.

Tuesday 12th June: Mahatma Gandhi’s Grandson and Great Grandson Visit Zama
We spent an amazing afternoon with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Tushar Gandhi (great grandson of Mahatma and President of the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation in India) and a group of kind hearted activists and philanthropists from India and North America. This was the 3rd Gandhi Legacy Tour coordinated by James Fernie of Uthando SA, but their first time to visit Zama Dance School. Our students, who had recently been studying Mahatma Gandhi at school relished every minute of their visit. Thank you James for this amazing opportunity.

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Great Grandson Tushar Gandhi and Grandson Arun Gandhi visit Zama Dance School

General Maintance & Winter Workshop
Zama had its first lick of paint in many years during June. Gutters were fixed, and the inside was painted too. This long over-due project was a challenge since classes continued in the afternoons during term time and in the mornings during our Winter Workshop. Classes and rehearsals continued for the first week of the school holidays.

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Grade 3 students enjoy the warm winter sun after Winter Workshop classes at Zama

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July 2018

Term 3 began on the 23rd July after a productive winter school and short break. Over the first 2 weeks of the holiday, classes and rehearsals continued for those taking part in the new MOVE dance competition happening in September. Leanne taught the younger students their Coppelia solo and made a lot of progress on her new group piece, African Blues. It will be premiered at the Dancers for Dancers gala at Artscape in October.

I spent the last week of the school break in the UK, where I attended the Royal Ballet School’s end of year Summer Performance 2018 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. This wonderful experience was shared with my very first ballet teacher Jill Antrobus who had organized a wonderful day. I also attended Tamara Moubayed’s end of year show (The Southborough School of Dance), Les Patineurs. I was blown away by the sheer size of her production and wealth of talent. Miss Tamara is no stranger to us at Zama. A member of the Russian Ballet Society, she trained both Leanne and I in the Russian method which we now teach at the school. Miss Tamara was also one of my ballet teachers at the Legat School in England and so I spent a wonderful week with the 2 women who have influenced me from a very young age to follow a career in dance.

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A beautiful afternoon with my very first ballet teacher Jill Antrobus and her husband Peter at the Royal Ballet School’s Summer Performance in Convent Garden. Seen here with my lovely friend from our Legat school days (2nd year boys’ teacher at RBS) Paul Lewis.
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Earlier this year. Miss Tamara working with Zama’s Grade 2’s

A special thank you to Thimna Sitokisi (who is a ZAMA graduate and 2nd year student at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts) for teaching classes to our performance team during the holidays. We loved having you here, sharing your enthusiasm and love of dance.

Thimna

August 2018

On Saturday the 18th, Zama’s 19-year-old Lwazi Saphula, auditioned for a place as a full-time scholarship student at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. This was a nerve-racking experience for us all as not only did Lwazi have to dance for a place at CAPA, but he had to submit an essay, perform a monologue for Nathalie Vijver (head of drama) and be interviewed by CAPA’s Director Debbie Turner.

From Lwazi’s essay:
My name is Lwazi Saphula. I am 19 years old and live in Gugulethu. I have been taking ballet classes since 2007 at Zama Dance School and I will be graduating at the end of this year.

I have been exposed to dance from a very young age because Zama Dance School is opposite my house and that’s how I fell in love with it. I did not realise at the time how lucky I was to watch local dance stars that I knew like Mantu Jakavula, Mamela Nyamza, and Andile Sotiya at Zama. They drew an interest of dance into me and I fell in love with it and I wanted to be involved. So my love of ballet began. Since joining Zama in 2007 I have been obsessed with many other dance styles. We have had tap with Peter Johnson, contemporary with Miss Adele Blank, Hiphop with Taryn van Zyl and breaking with Duane Lawrence. As a dancer I feel I have a chance to express my feelings in the dance studio since I can’t at home where it’s very crowded. I live with my mom, two uncles, two sisters and my little brother who is also dancing at Zama. My one uncle drives taxis in the townships and my mum looks after us all. She also helps at Zama sometimes. My long-term goal one day is to get a job in a good company as an artist. I also want to learn how to choreograph big pieces that will feature on the world`s stages. I want to be involved in the dance world so that I can one day open a school and share my experience with upcoming stars because there`s a lot of potential in the township. I would like to be an inspiration to my little brother and my cousins.

In 2016 I had the opportunity to go to the Grahamstown Festival and dance with CAPA. I really enjoyed myself there and experienced first-hand a dancer’s life. I also had a chance to meet Lorcia Cooper at a workshop at CAPA. It had a big impact on me wanting to pursue a dancing career. I was invited to attend the Russian Ballet Society summer in school this year in Malta. I was unfortunately unable to go but it was an eye opener that big things could happen in this industry if you are determined to pursue your dreams.

What I could bring to the performing arts is an understanding of the challenges of township life. I want to uplift youngsters by setting an example and showing them that they too can use dance as a way of expressing themselves. I could also empower youth from the townships to take dancing seriously because in the townships there are many people with talent, but they do not see dancing as a career. I would engage with schools to take dancing seriously because not everyone will work in an office, some must do other jobs and the theatre environment has many opportunities. Lwazi Saphula

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Congratulations Lwazi, You succeeded .

More exciting news this month is that Thimna has finally had his braces removed and we can now reveal his gleaming new smile. This was a labor of love from all parties involved. Monthly round trips from Gugulethu to Blaauwberg (where Dr Coetsee’s practice is) and back to classes at CAPA in Westlake were exhausting, but the results are amazing. A huge thank you to everyone who helped Thimna get his million-dollar smile. A special thank you to Dr Rabe for extracting teeth and making space, and Dr Coetsee for pulling everything into place.

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Thimna had his braces taken off and look at his brilliant new smile. Can’t emphasise how much we love this young man. Thank you Dr Rihanna Rabe and Dr Marius Coetsee for your time and expertise.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Dance Partners and Sponsors.
Mr. R Ackerman and The Raymond Ackerman Foundation: Mrs. Wendy Ackerman
James Fernie: The Hooijmaaijer family: Sandy Geffen: Lawrence Benatar
Dr Marius Coetsee: Dr Rihanna Rabe
The Russian Ballet Society: Miss Tamara Moubayed
See also Our Donors page.

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September 2018

September was once again a busy, but exciting month at Zama. It began with preparations for the Amy Foundation Fundraising Dinner (previously the Amy Biehl Foundation) where Zama’s partnership with the Amy Foundation is shared with the Cape Town City Ballet. Currently, we have around 20 students at Zama at various levels who came through the Amy Foundation, some of whom were part the Cape Town City Ballet’s outreach program, initiated by Keith Mackintosh.

With space limitations at the Cape Town City Ballet’s former premises (UCT School of Dance) and an ever-growing performance demand on the company, it made sense for Zama to offer space to these young dancers back in 2013. With regular guest teachers from the company, guest professional dancers in our end-of-year shows and regular visits to the company’s productions at Artscape, this arrangement benefits Zama, Cape Town City Ballet and the Amy Foundation greatly and we are proud to be associated with both these inspiring institutions.

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Congratulations to all involved at the Gala Dinner on September the 15th. Aviva Pelham and team (Elvis & Paul) pulled off an amazing performance which included 10 other groups of young performers from the Amy Foundation outreach organizations. The combined Cape Town City Ballet / Zama group featured our youngest students from the Introductory class and Grade 1 and was led by CTCB's gorgeous Mia Neethling, with choreography by Robin van Wyk. A huge well done and thank you to Cape Town City Ballet's Tracy Li who produced and staged Snow White and her Little Helpers for both our organizations.

Dear Andrew,
I would like to thank you for your partnership. It really does mean so much to us. Your belief in our performing arts programme and your willingness to give so selflessly to our programmes makes us so proud to be associated with you and Zama Dance School. We can honestly not do what we do without YOU. You give our children the opportunity to dream… to hope for a better future and be the generation that will continue to make South Africa great. Together we are changing lives, thank you for being part of their journey.
Kevin, Elvis, Michelle and the entire Amy Foundation Family

Saturday 22nd September
The eisteddfod also took place during September and this year saw a brand new, up-dated version of the eisteddfod renamed, MOVE! National Dance Competition. Presented by the fabulous Theatre Dance Association, this year’s proceedings took place at Wynberg Boys High School and Zama entered 19 solos and one hip-hop group. The solos were choreographed by Leanne and myself but were based on the original choreographies. The girls performed Swanhilda’s act 1 variation from the ballet Coppelia, and the boys did the act 3 man’s solo from the ballet Don Quixote.

Zama won 3rd 2nd and 1st places in various age categories but what impressed more than marks this year was Zama’s team work. We performed in various age categories starting with 10 yr old Emihle in the morning (seen here taking a break with Leanne) and spent many hours rattling around one of the huge classrooms, used a dressing room. A consistent wave of students competing throughout the day could have been a nightmare for Leanne and I to handle alone, but everyone pitched in to help.

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A huge well done and thank you to everyone at Zama for incredible team work this year. Leanne, Vuyokazi, Freya (for the snacks) our senior students and the team of parents who came to support us.

Sunday 23rd September
The following day we were back at MOVE for the Hip Hop section. Choreographed by Taryn van Zyl with a short break-dancing section choreographed BB Boy Duane, our piece called Bubblegum competed in a section alongside 6 other ‘crews’ (who were all quite simply, amazing!) It was exciting watching the other groups from the wings, especially the hip hop ‘battle’ which took place just before we danced but was a little worrisome. We needn’t have worried so much as we were awarded Silver (85%) for Bubblegum and came third. Zama was also awarded a trophy in recognition for our ongoing community work.

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Trustee Freya Griffiths (in pink) brought snack and refreshments on day 2 of MOVE. Also: Vuyo, Leanne and Zama Trustee Ruth Bele take a short coffee break between entries

October 2018
The half term school holidays fell during the first weeks of October which we filled at Zama with classes and rehearsals for the performance team. Leanne’s new piece called African Blues had just been completed and we spent a lot of time polishing, ahead of the Theatre Dance Associations Dancers for Dancers gala. Zama graduate (now 2nd year student at CAPA) Thimna Sitokisi came in to teach two very inspiring ballet classes during that week and we were invited to watch a performance of the Cape Town City Ballet’s newly revived production, Cinderella on the 6th. CTCB’s guest dancer for this season (in the role of Prince Charming) was French dancer Maxime Quiroga.

I also took two of our dancing siblings (brothers, Hlumelo and Mihlali) to see the dentist during the school break. Both these exceptionally talented dancers needed urgent work done on their beautiful smiles and I was thrilled to find two extremely generous people to sponsor the work. Many thanks to Dr Rabe and Brigitte Reeve for their generosity.

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Before and after, our beautiful beaming 11 yr old Hlumelo
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A night out at the ballet. Cape Town City Ballet’s Cinderella


On Saturday 13th October, we had a very special guest teacher at Zama Dance School. Cape Town City Ballet’s French guest dancer Maxime Quiroga. This was a wonderful surprise for the performance team as they had seen him perform at Artscape the previous week in Cinderella.

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Maxime Quiroga
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Class at Zama with Maxime Quiroga

The next few days were spent preparing for the TDA’s Dancers For Dancers gala on the 16th October and Brigitte Reeve’s Dancers Love Dogs Gala on the 25that Artscape Opera House. Both these fundraisers were sold out and all proceeds go to the Cape Town City Ballet (Dancers for Dancers) and helping save and protect dogs on the township streets (Dancers Love Dogs). We are very proud to be able to contribute to both these worthy causes and I’m going to let the following photos by Danie Coetsee, Pat Bromilow Downing and Ingrid Owen of Leanne’s brilliant African Blues do the talking.

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In closing, a few photos from our recent trip to Monkey Town in Somerset West. This was a treat to thank the performance team for their hard work on African Blues ahead of the 2 fundraiser galas at Artscape. Much fun was had by all. Particularly when they discovered the water slide!

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Dance Partners and Sponsors.
Mr. R Ackerman and The Raymond Ackerman Foundation: Mrs. Wendy Ackerman
James Fernie: The Hooijmaaijer family: Sandy Geffen: Lawrence Benatar
Dr Marius Coetsee: Dr Rihanna Rabe
The Russian Ballet Society: Miss Tamara Moubayed
See also Our Donors page.

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