Jazzart Dance Theatre There-Year Training Programme


Jazzart Dance Theatre’s Three-Year Training Programme has commenced as of Monday, 6 July 2015 This year the training programme is offered to 18 passionate and committed young adults based on the Jazzart Dance Theatre philosophy, which is rooted in a social justice framework.  2015 marks the 6th intake of the Training Programme which provides full-time dance training to these young adults who were auditioned in June. Jazzart actively recruits trainees from communities who may otherwise not have access to performing arts as a career choice.


The training programme runs from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (with various weekend and evening workshops and performances). The programme is conducted by experienced teachers in a creative space where dancers can learn and grow whilst gaining experience in the field of arts and culture.


The dancers will be trained in contemporary dance, teaching and choreography. Apart from dance skills, a range of workshops are held to stimulate and inspire trainees in their artistic and world-view development. These include seminars, exhibitions, exchange programmes, outreach, lecture demonstrations and theatre experiences.


The foundation of the training curriculum is the Jazzart technique, developing skills in improvisation, contact improvisation, release technique, chair, floor and rhythm work. The principles informing the training are anti-racist and transformative to equip trainees as cultural ambassadors using the language of dance.


The successful candidates to join the three-year training programme are:


Darion Adams, Ambia Andrews, Gabriella Dirkse, Lynette du Plessis, Abdul-Aaghier Isaacs, Tanzley Jooste, Sanga Mabulu, Luyanda Mdingi, Mandisi Ngcwayi, Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni, Jeena Rodkin, Shane Rudolph, Paxton-Alice Simons, Shane van Wyngaardt, Keenun Wales and Thandiwe Mqokeli.


The training programme is donor-funded and the trainees have been selected based on a panel selection. Trainees are expected to show dedication, openness to learning, mutual respect, have a strong work ethic and to act as ambassadors of the Jazzart philosophy through their artistry and activities. Over and above, the dancers must show potential as performing artists and display the values of discipline, bold creativity and social responsibility.