Faculty: The Founding Members

The founding members of the Academy are: Sbonakaliso Ndaba, Balu Nivison, Jenny van Papendorp and Dr Mamphela Ramphele.

Collectively, they direct the Academy, each bringing their particular expertise to its management.

With their qualifications and extensive experience in the field of both the arts and teaching, they constitute a major part of the Indoni Academy teaching staff.

There are a number of itinerant staff and Board Members who teach indigenous dance, marimba and drumming, indigenous instrument and marimba making, and drama.

Our assistant to the directors is Mbovu Malinga.



Sbonakaliso Ndaba

Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer

Jennifer van Papendorp

Managing Director and Lecturer in Contemporary Dance, Dance Theory, Arts Administration, Anatomy and Health Care

Balu Nivison

Development Director and Public Relations, Lecturer in Life Skills, Personal and Spiritual Development through MovingArt processes

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Patron and Lecturer in South African Heritage/legacy, story-telling, leadership