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Getting involved


DFA is constantly working towards diversifying its funding streams to ensure continued sustainability. To meet our operational costs and to sustain and grow our programmes – which cost about R350 000 a month to run – DFA relies on government subsidies, funding and sponsorship from the private and corporate sectors, as well as its own fundraising initiatives and activities.

Key costs

  • general operating expenses
  • building maintenance and utilities for our Athlone home base and studios
  • rental for other teaching venues
  • administration costs (including stationery and equipment)
  • staff reimbursement (see 360º Campaign)
  • dance togs and shoes for DFA students
  • cost of performances (venue, costumes, lighting, music etc)
  • transport (for transporting DFA students to the studios and home), including drivers, petrol and vehicle maintenance
  • food for DFA students (when they do performances & free lunch daily for students on our Specialised Dance Programmes)

Currently, the majority of our students do not pay anything towards their training, although it costs between R3000 and R4000 a month to train just one student on our Specialised Dance Programmes. This amount, based on all the services that contribute to their training, includes teachers’ fees, dance togs and shoes, costumes for performances, transport and food.

By supporting DFA, you are investing in the future of DFA’s students, the future of dance and the future of South Africa because, through dance, we are empowering individuals to take responsibility for their lives.

Fund generation

In our capacity as a non-profit organisation and Section 21 company, we continually apply for funding and grants from a variety of local and international sources. As many of these specify what the funds may be used for, we also have to find creative ways of generating our own fundraising streams to ensure that we bring in additional funds to support all areas of our organisation and its work.

One of our core initiatives is the Friends of DFA drive to engage and draw on the support of individual givers. We intend to continue building up this income source nationally and internationally.

Performances are another source of income. In particular, Young InSPIRAtions may be hired for performances, private and corporate functions, as well as television commercials. In addition, other services we offer help to generate funds. These include Studios@Aden public dance classes, studio and costume hire, team-building and extra-mural classes, our canteen and the use of our building as a conference venue.

Find out more about how you can donate or how to become a Friend of DFA.

Donations in kind

Positive social change is the essence of our work at DFA and we believe that fundamental to empowering others is the sharing of skills and expertise. In the same spirit, the donation of skills, services and equipment is a valuable way in which you can partner with and support DFA in its outreach work in the community. See our How you can help wish list of services and donations in kind, as well as the skills we are looking for from anyone interested in spending time with us as a Volunteer at DFA.

Find out more about volunteering and have a look at our wish list.


DFA has a strict and respected history of transparent accounting procedures and administration of funds. The organisation is audited every year by Low & Co. of Rondebosch, Cape Town, and our financials are available for perusal by any member of the public.

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