Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) in partnership with the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) will present its Connections 2 Dance Development project aimed at empowering underprivileged community dancers from Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West provinces. The performance will take place at the National School of Arts in Johannesburg on Freedom Day, Friday, 27 April 2018 at 11:00.
Following a successful three week in-province programme, where MIDM choreographers and dancers worked with unemployed youth, participants will converge in Johannesburg to showcase their dance collaboration as part of the final leg of the NLC ground-breaking dance initiative.
Three recipients from North West and three from Limpopo have been selected and will be awarded full bursaries to study as part of MIDM’s fully accredited Performing Arts Training Course.
In 2016, MIDM and the NLC collaborated on Connections 1. This year, the project incorporated MIDM’s Enable through Dance project in Mpumalanga to empower disadvantaged youth living with disabilities with a passion for dance.
MIDM Chief Executive, Nadia Virasamy, said that the NLC partnership has uncovered untapped dance talent in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West Province.
“Our partnership allows MIDM to contribute to social cohesion within disadvantaged communities which lack access and opportunity to professional training,” says Virasamy. “This speaks directly to our development-orientated roots and continued commitment to the development of skills through the discipline of dance. In this way MIDM enables graduates to continue to contribute to the development of their communities after the MIDM intervention is over.”
The NLC sponsorship of R2.265-million covers all the costs of the project, including a stipend for the period for all dancers and the community participants. The funding extends to costumes, travel logistics, accommodation and the provincial and final performances. Provision was also made for the employment of a community group leader for one month during the project, most of whom are past graduates of MIDM living in the communities. This ensures the longevity of skills sharing.