Set 4 Dance
Set 4 Dance is a dance studio located in the Portland Indoor Centre, in Portland, Mitchells Plain. Judy manages the studio and Tamarin Pastor is one of the coaches who has been at the studio since it started.
Step 4 Dance started out in a backyard in the sand and there was only one dance crew of about 10 members. It started with free style dancing and then they were eventually approached by Tamarin’s husband, also a dancer, and now a head coach, and he introduced hip hop as a dance style.
People from all areas around the cape flats are members at the studio but the members are mostly children from the age of five years old. Children are always motivated to come back and dance, because for them it is one of the ways to escape violence in their communities and not have too much time to think about the ongoing gangsterism.
The children are not only taught dancing but they are also taught discipline, they are taught Maths, dance also enables the children develop as people, dancing teaches them focus and on how to interact with people. Set 4 Dance involves parents as well because they become part of their young children’s’ lives.
The aim for Set 4 Dance is to change one child’s life and even though they started out with 10 children there now have 35 children. Set 4 Dance even has a parents crew.
Each crew has their own fundraising initiatives, which is one of the ways they source some income.
There are competition practices during the week and then classes on Saturdays from 11am to 13:00pm for children above 5yr olds. Everyone is taught different dance styles, from old school to hip hop dance styles.
If people want to assist them financially, Set 4 Dance are in need of their own premises because they are currently renting the Portland Indoor Centre studio. In future, Judy is looking to start a start a youth programme.
The community as a whole are very supportive because each time they have shows; many people attend the shows.
Set 4 Dance has a group of 21 children that would like to go to Croatia next year and compete in the dance competition that is taking place in May of 2019. Funds go up to R30 000 for each child, so sponsorships are needed and would be much appreciated.
Contact details: 0813735496-Judy
Facebook: Set 4 dance
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