World Class Performance

Trainees and Staff

A Centre for African Arts Excellence

Investing in our talented youth

Our Vision

Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy aims to provide an academy of excellence for dance and integrated arts, based primarily in the culturally rich townships. It has a contemporary African-centred approach, honouring the heritage of South Africa. 

The Training

The distinctiveness of the Indoni programme lies in its provision of high quality, value-laden post-school professional training to youngsters who wish to pursue a career in dance /multi-disciplinary arts and that lack parental financial support and guidance.  

The Founding Team

The following qualified and experienced artists and teachers make up the Indoni Academy staff:

  • Sbonakaliso Ndaba: Artistic Director, Primary Dance Trainer and Resident Choreographer
  • Jennifer van Papendorp: Managing Director and Lecturer in Dance Theory, Arts Administration, Health Care
  • Balu Nivison: Development Director and Lecturer in Life Skills, Personal and Spiritual Development through MovingArt processes
  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele: Patron, and previously a Mentor and Lecturer in South African Heritage/legacy, story-telling, leadership
  • Helen Allen: Marketing Director, webmaster and bid consultant

Teachers and Facilitators

There are a number of itinerant staff who teach Indigenous dance, Marimba, Drumming, Indigenous instrument and Marimba-making, Visual Art, Drama, Maths, Literacy and Computers.

A wellbeing programme is co-ordinated by Melanie Horwitz, a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, Astar art facilitator and community organisations’ supervisor. Her role is to plan workshops according to themes and according to the needs of the students. 

Our Aim

Our trainees benefit from a wide spectrum of education in life skills and in the Arts. The course encompasses:

  • Education – where training is provided to those who have chosen Dance/Arts as a career, both in the classroom, and practical, on-the-job training through public performances and exhibitions
  • Environment – a safe and nurturing environment is provided in which trainees can develop their personal and professional skills, including an appreciation of the arts
  • Empowerment – a focus on development of marketable skills, through building self-confidence and self-discipline towards hope, dignity and sustainability
  • Entertainment – learning to use dance, arts and music as a social vehicle to unify diverse communities
  • Employment – learning how to: promote the economic value of arts and culture; be equipped and prepared to audition for positions in the performing arts
  • Entrepreneurship – encouraging entrepreneurship in the arts sector by learning how to market and manage themselves as artists and to create their own work opportunities