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Awards & Achievements 2009 - 2007

Cape Town Eisteddfod - June 2009

This year Margie Sim entered eight Nyanga Sub-juniors and nine Juniors into the Cape Town Eisteddfod, held in Sea Point. We are very proud of the Sub-juniors, who won outright at the finals on 9 May 2009.

This was despite the fact that they have only been dancing since August last year and that, although they are aged 10 and 11, they competed successfully against students over the age of 13. The Juniors, who danced well, received honours and reached the finals in the amateur section.

The Friends and Balletomanes' Most Outstanding Newcomer Award - 20 September 2008

Xola Putye won this year's Most Outstanding Newcomer Award at the awards ceremony of the new formed Friends and Balletomanes.


KKNK Kanna Awards - 20 March 2008

Xola Putye, principle dancer for Cape Town City Ballet and former soloist with the Dance for All Youth Company, was awarded a prestigious KKNK Kanna Award for Best Performance in Dance Theatre following this year's ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees which takes place annually in Oudtshoorn in the Cape.

Xola Putye dedicated the award, which came with R7,500, to Prima Ballerina Assoluta Phyllis Spira who passed away unexpectedly in March 2003 and who was his mentor, teacher and the Assistant Artistic Director of the Dance for All Youth Company (DFAYC) of which he was a member at the time. At the 2008 festival, Putye and the DFAYC performed the acclaimed piece Agter Toe Deure which was choreographed by former CAPAB dancer, Christopher Kindo.

Putye, who hails from Philippi East on the Cape Flats, began learning ballet with the Dance for All (DFA) Outreach Programme when he was 10 years of age, moving through their training programmes and then into the organisation's dynamic youth company that was established in 2005. Persevering through being shot in the foot in the township when he was 15 years old, he has since had the opportunity to dance all over South Africa as well as in California, London, Paris and New Zealand and Canada. When asked about the achievement, Philip Boyd, Artistic Director of Dance for All said "We are so thrilled about this award and the recognition given to Xola's talent-he is an inspiration to hundreds of the aspirant dancers on our programnmes and in the city's townships-Phyllie would have been so proud of him."


Tour to New Zealand with Buskaid - 2 - 23 December 2007

Three DFAYC members and one DFA Senior Training Programme student teamed up with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble again to perform in New Zealand.


UNESCO partnership - October 2007

DFA has been selected as one of the first beneficiaries of a new partnership between UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need and the REPETTO Foundation.

DFA has been selected as one of the first beneficiaries of a new partnership between UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need and the REPETTO Foundation. REPETTO is a famous French dancewear company and to celebrate its 60th Anniversary in October produced a series of unique dance items "customised" by famous artists (Marion Cotillard, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Brigitte Bardot, Carla Bruni, to name just a few). After a one-year exhibition of these articles in major cities around the world an auction will take place in Paris in October 2008, and the proceedings of this auction will be given to the Programme for the Education of Children in Need in support of three projects using artistic education as a reintegration tool, those being: Dance for All in South Africa, EDISCA in Brazil and Vocational Workshops for Art in Cuba. Young dancers from all three projects will travel to Paris to perform at the auction in October.


Arts & Culture Trust Awards - October 2007

DFA was a finalist in the Arts & Culture Trust Awards for 2003, 2004 and 2005 in the category of 'Cultural Development Project of the Year' and was a finalist for the 2007 Awards in the category of 'Arts Education'.
       

'Dance for All' the film - July 2007

The film 'Dance for All', produced by German company InsideOut Film, premiered at the Encounters Documentary Film Festival in July 2007.
       

Royal Ballet Charity Gala - 28 July 2007

The DFAYC was chosen to share the stage with dancers from the London Royal Ballet, including principal dancer Mara Galeazzi, for a Charity Gala at Artscape Opera House.
       

BBC Proms - 15 July 2007

Four members of the DFA Youth Company performed with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the famous Proms concert.
       

Cape Town Eisteddfod - May 2007

Margie Sim entered two groups of DFA students from the Junior and Senior Training Programmes into the Novice and Pre-Amateur sections of the Cape Town Eisteddfod. Both won the title of Best Group in their sections and Margie won the award for Best Group Choreography - 13 Years and Over for her Pre-Amateur section piece titled 'From the sunshine, through the rain, into the light'.
       

The DFA Dance Centre - May 2007

DFA raised substantial funding to renovate a building in Athlone that is now its headquarters, complete with 3 dance studios - the DFA Dance Centre was officially opened by DFA's Honorary Life Patron Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on 30 May 2007.
       

Tour to France with Buskaid - February 2007

Four members of the DFA Youth Company travelled to Paris to perform with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble at the Cite de la Musique.
       

Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust - February 2007

DFA received a platinum Impumelelo Innovations Award on 17 February 2007 at the City Hall in Cape Town, making history by becoming the first "arts and culture" project to win this award.

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