AN INITIATIVE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION
The South African International Ballet Competition has initiated a program for the training of ballet and dance teachers in the townships, the main purpose being to empower and equip teachers in townships to coach dancers in classical ballet, using the proven Cuban method so well suited to South Africa and South African body types.
A full time Cuban teacher, Maria De Los Angeles Torguet Quintanilla, based in South Africa for eight months a year since 2015, teaches in townships and suburbs such as Soweto, Randfontein, Ennerdale and Ekurhuleni. Ms De Los Angeles qualified at the National Ballet School of Cuba and specializes in the training of young children and teachers. Teachers taking part in the programme follow a syllabus from the National Ballet School of Cuba and at the end of the 5-year programme during which they take exams, they receive a qualification from this highly esteemed school.
Apart of the theoretical and practical aspects of ballet, we would like to also include business principals, small business aspects like how to establish and run a ballet school and business mentorship.
Our vision is to extend this programme to townships in other cities as well as rural towns.
For further information contact Dirk Badenhorst on 083 324 0949 or