Healing through dance

Dance, especially as used in rituals, has played a role in spiritual and social development of many communities throughout the world.. Dance is not only a form of healing but also represents a symbol of personal, communal and social narrative.

The Academy’s first studio for training was at the Masikanye isi bane Sakho Centre in Guguletu. Within the first year, we had twelve full time students and three part time students on board.

We are so grateful to be investing in our talented youth who had no future prospects for higher learning, due to lack of facilities and resources. And we have been delighted with our very successful Freedom Day Festival at the Gugusithebe Cultural Centre in Langa.

Where have we stopped dancing

Dance can be a powerful vehicle for establishing ethnic unity, national pride, and the power of tradition and art in post-colonial nation building.

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions:

  1. When did you stop dancing?
  2. When did you stop singing?
  3. When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
  4. When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.”

~ The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary