Dance can Dance

Composed and Directed by Elvis Sibeko, Dance can Dance reopens at the Artscape Opera House. This short season will run from 10th to 11th September.

Choreographers include Sbonakaliso Ndaba, our Artistic Director. This is your chance to see our company members from Indoni Dance live on stage again! They are appearing as special guest artists who have been given the wonderful opportunity to appear with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Limited season with limited tickets!

Book now to avoid disappointment……….😢

Tickets R150 | students/block bookings R100
Bookings via Computicket or Artscape dial-a-seat

Indoni Adidas collab

“I was privileged enough to document the @indoniacademy students doing what they do best at a recent fundraiser held by @jeff_fitness_global. This was part of an initiative by JEFF to help raise funds for “period poverty”, an issue that is endemic in this country. Millions of women and girls in South Africa don’t have access to sanitary products which ultimately prevents them from working and going to school every month. @periodsforhope are an amazing organisation that aims to provide sanitary kits to those who are in very vulnerable environments. They are always looking for donations so have a look at their page to see how you can help and combat period poverty today.” – David Nivison

Filmed and documented by David Nivison for Indoni. To watch the video click on the link below:  

Adidas donated yoga mats to Indoni.

Watch video: Yolanda Ngxokozela, Indoni student created this post. 


Indoni dancers performed in the show Messiah choreographed by Marlin Zoutman at the Artscape theater.

Watch video: Behind the scenes of Messiah


As part of the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival, Indoni’s new documentary “Locked Doors, Behind Doors” will be launched on Monday 16 August on the Artscape Website.


The documentary gives some insight into the creative processes of award winning choreographer Sbonakaliso Ndaba and her dancers in developing this new production. 

Contemplating the stark reality of their recent lives during the many months of the Covid 19 pandemic, when home no longer equalled a place of safety and comfort but induced feelings of powerlessness, frustration and despair, Ndaba and the Indoni dancers researched previous generations of migrant labourers and slaves, all who lived and worked under conditions even more appalling and restricted, to develop relevant choreography for their major new production of “Locked Doors, Behind Doors”.

The documentary can be viewed free of charge on Artscape’s website from 16 to 31 August at



Free Contemporary African Dance classes

To invest in the next generation, the Indoni Company dancers are offering classes in Contemporary African dance in their communities. Aspiring performing artists between the ages of 9 to 20 are invited to enrol in a weekly dance class close to them. Please see posters for details and call now to join!

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

  • Please put your full name as reference, unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Donate via Paypal

  • Use a debit/credit card even if you don’t have a Paypal account
  • Any currency you prefer
  • A one-off or recurring payment of any amount
  • Most major credit cards incl.: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and more.
    Click the donate button below

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.

How You Can Make a Difference

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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