Moving through Lockdown

On 27th March 2020, South Africa went into Lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While the country stood still, dancers at the Indoni Dance Academy kept moving.

Solo – yet united

Award-winning choreographer Sbonakaliso went to each of the dancer’s homes in the townships and directed their solo performances – ending in a finale of coming together on stage, wearing masks, at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.

Funded by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture
and the Western Cape Government. With thanks to Artscape.

Watch video: Sbonakaliso Ndaba, our award-winning choreographer, tells a moving story of Indoni’s humble beginnings…

Investing in our Youth

Enduring unemployment and poverty in South Africa means that 4 million black youth have no prospects after school. Millions of ‘freedom’ generation kids grow up under worse material conditions than their parents did during the Apartheid era.

Offering a Path of Hope

The amount of talent and creativity in South African schools is astonishing. Liberating that talent is the aim of the Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy. A vital component of our trainees’ education is to rekindle hope, and provide dignity and life skills to young people.

Training for a Career in the Arts

We provide a three year post-school professional training programme for dance and integrated arts, including music, drama, and visual arts. Each student is empowered to become a creative collaborator in their own productive future.

Coronavirus Update

  • Indoni has reopened its doors
  • Training is on a rotational basis with Covid19 protocols in place at Artscape and 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock
  • To sustain this programme our trainees NEED FUNDS FOR TRANSPORT
  • There are 3 ways to support Indoni, as outlined below

Donate via Bank Transfer

  • Transfer any amount direct to Indoni’s Standard Bank account

  • Account No.: 070105537

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Donate via Backabuddy

  • Click to donate money specifically for trainee’s data
  • #KeepIndoniDancing Back a Buddy campaign is to raise R50,000 for data

  • The funds will be divided between our 43 trainees.

Indoni in Lockdown

Mthetheleli is staying with his mother, three sisters and a nephew in a small shack in Khayelitsha. He has no space at home. In order to remain in-training, he escapes to the fields of a church hall near his home. It is there he spends time creating, integrating dance, drama and the spoken word into his own technique.

Armed only with a smartphone and the WhatsApp platform, data has become Mthetheleli’s lifeline. He is one of 43 young performing artists in training with Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy.

They are all locked down in the townships of Cape Town. Recording their sense of frustration and stress in solos danced to a cellphone is their new normal.

Live performances used to help pay for their monthly stipends. In the meantime, they have to stay connected. Their assignments provide a structure to their days. Their ongoing training gives them a sense of belonging and the hope that they will find a place in the performing arts industry that they aspire to. 

The ongoing cost of data for the next few months has become the greatest expense for Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy. It is also the most vital. This will ensure that these youngsters from the under-resourced townships of the Cape will continue to stay connected.

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A vital component of the Indoni trainees’ education is to rekindle hope, and provide dignity and life skills. Each student is empowered to become a creative collaborator in their own productive future. CLICK BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE…

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