Our guest today spoke with us about her dance programs in Helderberg and Strand called Helderberg Youth Performing Arts Trust (HYPAT). They recently travelled to the National Youth Festival where they competed and brought back 2 silver medals, two gold medals, and 2 double gold medals.
The dance programs include ballet, modern dance, as well as a few other genres. Our guest, who goes by BB, grew up herself in an artistic family. She danced ballet throughout her life and now teaches classical ballet to the kids in her program.
There are currently 8 girls in the Helderberg dance program and 30 students in strand. The oldest dancer is currently 19 years old and has been with the programme since age 12. After each show, new dancers join the program, so that there is a constant flow of new participants.
In terms of dance in South Africa, BB says that she is impressed with ballet and modern dance. There are shows all over the Cape Town that she believes are lovely displays of dance. For anyone out there who wants to jump into the world of dance, her advice is to “stick it out” for the first two years because dancing is hard work.
To get in contact with the dance programmes, use the information below:
Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producer: Sophie Breck