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Dance for All to host LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) Winter Dance Intensive

Dance for All to host LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) Winter Dance Intensive

Kristine Elliott

On 25 June, six LEAP students —all highly experienced teachers and professional dancers— will arrive in South Africa to work with young dancers in the townships of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa and Khayelitsha. In partnership with Dance for All in Cape Town, these LEAP students will design and produce an on-site dance intensive that includes movement classes as well as repertory and choreographic workshops.

LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) is an internationally recognised Bachelor of Arts degree programme that is specifically designed for current and former professional dancers. LEAP makes it possible for these working adults to receive a comprehensive liberal arts education and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary's College of California in 3 to 4 years of part-time study. With classes offered in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, the programme serves more than 300 dancers from leading ballet, modern and ethnic dance companies as well as musical theatre, television, and film.
Kristine Elliott and LEAP founder Claire Sheridan from San Francisco are two Saint Mary’s faculty members who will be co-ordinating the programme. The teachers are Garen Scribner, Lucy van Cleef, Olivia Ramsay, David Tamaki, Annie Colbeck and Alejandro Piris Nino. Ms. Elliott is a regular visitor to Dance for All, having worked with the organisation over many years. She has created outstanding opportunities for some of the senior DFA dancers to travel to San Francisco for summer schools, thereby furthering their dance education and gaining invaluable experience in the process. Says Philip Boyd, CEO of Dance for All, “The Winter Dance Intensive that Kristine Elliott has initiated is a tremendous opportunity for the dancers and teachers at DFA. I thank Kristine for her continued support of the work we do in making a difference to so many children’s lives through this wonderful medium of dance - she is a true ambassador for Dance for All.”
Dance for All is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. The organisation is headed up by Boyd, a former CAPAB Ballet Principal dancer who founded DFA in 1990. Classes are offered in various forms of dance to thousands of children from historically disadvantaged communities and also take place daily at its custom built studios in Athlone, at venues in various surrounding townships and as far afield as the rural areas of Barrydale, Montagu, McGregor and Bonnievale. During these classes, students ranging in age from three and upwards learn ballet, African, contemporary and Spanish dance from a talented and dedicated team of teachers.  DFA is honoured to have Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as its Honorary Life Patron and Dr. Mamphela Ramphele and John Persenda as Patrons.
Dance teachers are invited to register to come and watch the last three days of this course from the 6th  - 8th July 2011. The cost is R100  per person per day and will go towards Dance for All's Outreach Programmes. There are limited seats available so advance booking is essential.
There will also be a public performance on the Friday 8th July at the Dance for All studios in Athlone at 4:30pm. For further information call Dance for All on 021 697 5509 or email For more about LEAP please contact LEAP Director Mark Baird ( or visit

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