Dance Outreach Programmes



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Lean On Dance Theatre is a registered non-profit making organization.
The organization was established with the aims of teaching professional dancing and African Dance with a bias towards the exciting Tswana Dance, Zulu Dance, Gumboot Dance, Afro Fusion as well as Drumming and Marimba playing to promote our African culture to the youth in previously disadvantaged communities in 1993. Our primary objective is to remove the youth from the streets with its negative consequences such as delinquency and promiscuity.


DanceProjectLogoThe Dance Project

Over the past thirteen years the Dance Project has focused on delivering Dance skills and training to members of the community who would not otherwise have access to these skills.  Classes are offered to all ages ranging from 3 years old to 43 years old.  The main intention is to be inclusive, even learners from the Dominican School for the Deaf have attended classes. Finance, lack of skills and age has never excluded anybody from taking part in the project and individuals of all ages have attended for different reasons.  



Outreach at H. A. Jack School in Johannesburg

Mike Thobejane, Headmaster of H. A. Jack School writes:
“I met Jane Pick of the Jane Pick School of Ballet during the 2009 St Mary’s School prize giving ceremony.  Jane asked if she could introduce dance as an outreach programme to the children of H. A. Jack School.  The school is situated in Highlands North but it comprises learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.  Learners come from Alexandra, Soweto, Inner City and Ivory Park.



Established in 2002, SABT’s Development Programme is active in Mamelodi, Eersterus, Soweto, Alexandra, Katlehong and Melville with over 250 dancers being taught free, afternoon ballet class. Learners age from five to sixteen learn movement, body, spatial and language skills through their regular ballet training.

The SABT aims to select talented learners for further training at the SABT Academy and finally, for employment with the Company.

The learners are encouraged to develop a new South African dance identity incorporating the ballet technique and their own movement vocabulary. Learners also receive free dance gear and transport to and from classes and rehearsal.

(* Photographs by Werner Prinsloo - © SABT)

The dancers from the Development programmes regularly participate in the professional Company’s major productions such as The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty.


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DANCE CREW was started in 1993 by Amy Gould and senior dancers of the Amy Gould Ballet School.

They had the following objectives:

- To create original chorographic works of our time and place in society
- To take ballet to communities that had very little knowledge of the art
- To develop and stimulate new audiences
- To encourage, support and train the youth from the rural communities and
- By so doing generate work for themselves


Dance for All (DFA) was founded by Philip Boyd in 1991 as Ballet for All. This was to build on the legacy of Cape Town ballet chief David Poole, who started teaching ballet in the townships of Cape Town in the mid-80's. Boyd, a former principal dance for CAPAB (now Cape Town City Ballet), also recognised that prior to 1994 CAPAB only had one African dancer. There had been no active recruitment of black dancers and there was no programme to extend the ballet experience to indigenous African children and youth.

Ballet for All began its life in a classroom at the Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu, with 34 children participating. These numbers quickly multiplied and with the recruitment of more dance teachers, Boyd expanded the programme to include a diverse range of dance forms - and in 1995, Ballet for All became Dance for All.




Amaphiko (Wings) Township Dance Project Overview

The Project seeks to provide holistic development and empowerment for disadvantaged young girls & boys through formal dance training. The training instils confidence and self-esteem while promoting self-discipline, commitment and the pursuit ofc excellence. Besides providing for over 150 teenagers and younger children with a structured activity for two to four afternoons a week, regular classes aim to demonstrate to the dancers just how dedication, commitment, hard work , passion and love of their art can beat seemingly insurmountable odds. Despite constantly battling for funding the Amaphiko Township Dance Project has been going since 1993.


How the community benefits from this Project

  • Although South Africa has become a democracy, large sections of the youth still find themselves adversely affected by the disadvantaged society set up during the apartheid era. Learners in the township still do not have access to arts and cultural activities and yet projects like this are a vital part of healing and empowering young people to develop holistically;
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dp4Dance for Peace is a not-for-profit (503c3 tax exempt) dance foundation based in New York. The organization fosters a cultural exchange program that uses urban dance to elevate underprivileged aspiring dancers across the globe. Our organization sends teams of dance teachers and performers to students living in countries recovering from civil conflict.

These teachers facilitate workshops in various urban dance styles to children and young adults who don’t have the resources to pursue their dreams in dance. Working together and learning about dance, the students improve their self-esteem, learn to solve problems and share in each others creativity regardless of their differences. Some of those students later become participants in the CAST program.