Our Trainees

It’s an honour to work with our talented and dedicated dancers.
Together, under the inspirational guidance of our award-winning choreographer Sbonakaliso Ndaba, we have established a creative and distinguished Academy.

2017: Senior Trainees

Bulelani George

Bulelani George

I live in Makhaza in Khayelitsha, I am 22 and I live with both parents and my sister and brother.

I love dancing, that’s how I express my feelings. My soul talks through my body. I like to work together with others and to communicate so we can talk as one people. I like to create something which gives people surprise and magic.

Mthetheteli Diakavu

Mthetheteli Diakavu

I am also known as Lolly and am 22 years old.

I can say dance is my born ability and it works through my body and soul.

Dance is not a job.

In me, it is a calling.

Lusindiso Dibela

Lusindiso Dibela

I live in Makhaza in Khayelitsha, I am 22 and I live with both parents and my sister and brother.

I love dancing, that’s how I express my feelings. My soul talks through my body. I like to work together with others and to communicate so we can talk as one people. I like to create something which gives people surprise and magic.

Sonwabile Mhlonyane

Sonwabile Mhlonyane

I am 25 years old and passed matric in 2011. I am a musician. I love dance and I love music, it’s what I get up for every day.

One day I will be a well known professional dancer. I want to achieve this not only for myself but for my community. I want to show them that anything is possible.

I am living my dream. Now I can be someone that others can look up to.

Lubabalo Pupu

Lubabalo Pupu

I am 23 years old and I’m a traveller on this journey with no destination. I use dance as a tool of communication to express emotions and to transform society to see dance as a career. I dance to bring out the inner person, inspire and to educate.

When I dance I speak the unspoken language that only the body can tell.

Mesuli Nale

Mesuli Nale

I am 21 years old. I am kind and talkative. I really love Arts, it’s my “Bornability”.

My life now, after many hardships, is growing and growing. Every day I leave my training with a smile on my face – EVERY day!

2017: 3rd Year Trainees

Noxolo Magadla

Noxolo Magadla

I live in Makhaza in Khayelitsha and I am 21 years old. I am a dancer at Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy. I lover to draw and I’m good at it. I love people and I love to laugh.

My dream is to become a professional dancer and a dance teacher. I want to inspire the whole country to grow at their own things, in the way I have been inspired.

Mbulelo Tenza Mzazi

Mbulelo Tenza Mzazi

This is a good time and in this project I have put my full focus into my training and by working with Indoni we are one family.

I am 24 years old. Through dancing and performing, I get what i have been longing for. I am proud to say that I am with my life where i want to be.

2017: 2nd Year Trainees

Amanda Guma

Amanda Guma

What I love about dance is that I get to minister and touch a lot of people.

My dream is to one day take the skills I am acquiring, to young people where there is little hope in their lives and help them to have a sense of ability when they perform to people.

Litha Makanda

Litha Makanda

I am 21 years old and been training as a dancer for eight months.

When I perform, I always want to to share my heart, my pain, my story, my joy, my everything. That is how I communicate with my audience.

Monwabisi Bence

Monwabisi Bence

I am 20 years old. I started dancing at school. My other passion is to be a rapper.

I wish to use my skills to bring change and positivity to others, so that they can change their lives to have positive minds and actions.

Sandisile Madama

Sandisile Madama

I was born in Namibia, and I am 22 years old. My dream is to be a performer and to travel the world, sharing the love of what I am doing across the world.

I work everyday, despite my difficulties, because I know that I can do this. I was born for a reason.

Khanyisa-James

Khanyisa-James

What I love about dance is that I get to minister and touch a lot of people.

My dream is to one day take the skills I am acquiring, to young people where there is little hope in their lives and help them to have a sense of ability when they perform to people.

Ndimphiwe 'Mitchell' Makhatene

Ndimphiwe 'Mitchell' Makhatene

I am 21 years old. I have a dream to become a top dancer, worldwide. I have had to convince my family of this dream, but now they have seen me perform, they are supporting me.

I know I can do it.

Sinawo Ngceni

Sinawo Ngceni

I grew up in Khayelitsha and I am 19 years old. I fell in love with dance in high school.

Even though my real goal is to be a physiotherapist, I am learning so many skills through dance and performance, that I am sure I will get where I want to be.

Zithulele Mgoqi

Zithulele Mgoqi

I am 21 years old staying in Khayelitsha Makhaza.

Dance is my passion and it has become one of the art forms that I love because it heals my spirit.

My late brother used to say dance is not a career but a calling.

Olwethu Sotiya

Olwethu Sotiya

I live in Gugulethu. I am 21 years old. I have had many challenges to overcome, and I am still working with them every day.

Dance helps me overcome the pain and the difficulties, and to help me find myself.

Sinazo Mxeli

Sinazo Mxeli

I am 19 years old and live in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. I have a passion for both dancing and accounting, and hope to do both of these things in my life.

I have had opportunities that I never even dreamt of, in this path of dancing. I am working hard as a trainee dancer to prove that Art as a career can be more than just fame.

I want to touch people’s souls. To be an example to my fellow youth through my belief in dancing and following my dream.

2017: 1st Year Trainees

Yonela Ncence

Yonela Ncence

I’m 23 years old staying in Khayelitsha.

I dance to equip myself with skills, so that when I open my dance company one day, I know how to do things.

Vuyolwethu Mdluli

Vuyolwethu Mdluli

I’m a 21-year old staying in Khayelitsha Makhaza.

I am a first-year student at Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy.

Wanie Johannes

Wanie Johannes

I’m 25 years old from Worcester.

I dance because it is part of my lifestyle and when I dance I feel free; it feels like I can do everything.

Sesethu Liwana

Sesethu Liwana

I am 20 years old living in Gugulethu also a student at Indoni,

I dance because I want to address what we humans face daily.

Aviwe Dulani

Aviwe Dulani

I’m 21 and living at Old Crossroad, the youngest daughter from 5 kids.

I am a young passionate dancer who loves dancing and learning more daily.

I believe that with hard work, discipline and determination, nothing is impossible.

Chumande Ngqakotye

Chumande Ngqakotye

I am a 23-year old staying in Kraaifontain.

I dance to tell my people’s stories in the language that speaks to them.

Elihle Toni

Elihle Toni

I am a 21 year old student staying at Site C Khayelitsha,

I am dancing because art is my first love and it gives me freedom to express myself.

I want to touch people’s souls. To be an example to my fellow youth through my belief in dancing and following my dream.

Yanga Jadezweni (Sadly passed away 2016)

I love music the most. I am 20 years old. For my career I want to be a choreographer. I want to bring the challenges I see in our community and show them on stage as dance.

We are all here for a reason. Through my learning, I continue to find my reason, to find myself. And to share my gifts with others.

The Yanga Jadezweni Special Arts Award for a deserving student each year will be awarded in memory of our cherished fellow dancer and member of the Indoni family.