Indoni Dance Academy was initiated in February 2014, when award-winning dancer and choreographer Sbonakaliso Ndaba mentored five unemployed post-matriculates from the township of Khayelitsha. They had studied dance in school, but did not have the tertiary education funds or job opportunities to further succeed in a dance. Ndaba opened a school to train them professionally, from her own pocket – feeding and transporting them.
Now the youth dance group has grown to 30 full time students, who were unable to develop artistically due to lack of access to higher education – and have nothing but pure passion to make a difference. Many of the students come from child-headed homes, are orphans or their parents are unemployed. All train at the Indoni Dance, Arts & Leadership Academy, which is now a registered NPO.
The successful growth of the Indoni Dance Academy was supported by generous patrons and volunteering mentors. Indoni runs a ‘BMI Initiative‘ based on the philosophy, “I am what I am because of who we all are”. Indoni’s unique BMI funding model consists of a student getting matched to a mentor who supports him/her financially with a monthly stipend. This stipend helps to cover the mentee’s basic requirements ( i.e. transport, airtime, food and board) so that he/she may focus on succeeding in their dance career.
Where: Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy, Oude Molen Eco Village, Alexandra Rd, Pinelands, Cape Town