An easy ride to the parks for Indoni Dance


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The logistics around the transporting of over 90 dancers to their 3 Cape Town “Dancing with Nature” parks’ performances was going to be a nightmare.


Cape Town public transport is unreliable and extremely unsafe. Their young dancers travelling from Philippi and Khayelitsha had already been subject to attacks. But Indoni management had been working for months on a long-term solution to this perpetual transport issue. Through their BMI (Benefactor-Mentor-Investors) programme they had secured a donation from Drs Chickering in America for half the cost of a suitable vehicle. Russell Miller from TEMO Consulting was happy to come on board with a matching grant and management of the vehicle. It is to be shared with other NGOs for field trips and performances.

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On Friday 29 March, Indoni Dance Academy took possession of their new Toyota Quantum 16- seater, proudly branded with the Indoni logos and photos. This gift of their own transport arrived just in time for their free public performances of Dancing with Nature.

The energy, exuberance and sheer talent of the Indoni Dance Academy and their outreach groups will be presented in Cape Town parks in Athlone, Khayelitsha and Green Point. The performances are free, will be 60 minutes long and take place on the following dates:

– Sunday 7 April at 15:00 at Nantes Park, Athlone

– Saturday 27 April (Freedom Day) at 15:00 at Khayelitsha Wetlands Park
(If this performance is cancelled, due to bad weather, the alternative date is Sunday April 28.)

– Wednesday 1 May (Workers Day) at 15:00 at Green Point Park

Having gone through a rigorous three-year training period, the Indoni dancers have been given the challenge of passing on their teaching and leadership skills through outreach training programmes to groups of youngsters in the townships of Khayelitsha, Philippi, Langa, Wallacedene and Imizamo Yethu. These young dancers will join their role models in the performances which will celebrate the beauty of Cape Town Parks.

These Park Performances are funded by The City of Cape Town Grant-in-Aid programme and the Community Arts and Culture Centres Federation of the Western Cape. TFG (The Foschini Group) has provided all 90 participants with a performance T-shirt for the finale.

About Indoni:

45% of South Africa’s people are under the age of 25. They form a vast reservoir of creative talent and energy. The majority have limited opportunities to develop that talent and it is this group that is the focus of the Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy.

The Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy was established in 2014 with the vision to become a world-class, sustainable performing arts academy for talented youth. Guided by a contemporary African-centred approach, our curriculum honours the heritage of South Africa and is underpinned by the ‘uBuntu’ (human connectedness), self-knowledge and pride in our African heritage.

Offering both classroom-based and on-the-job training, great emphasis is placed on life skills and leadership. With the mission statement of “Investing in our Youth”, the Academy seeks to promote the arts as a channel for economic, personal and professional development, rekindling hope and providing dignity and life skills to young people.

Indoni Dance, Arts & Leadership Academy have received eight awards in the past three years and have given 122 performances to over 65,000 people, including a tour in Australia and performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The founding members of Indoni, Sbonakaliso Ndaba (Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, winner of the Western Cape Cultural Affairs Award in 2016 for ‘Best Contribution to Performing Arts: Dance’ and in 2017 for ‘Outstanding Achievement of Youth in Arts and Culture’), Balu Nivison (Development Director and Lecturer in Life Skills), Jennifer van Papendorp (Managing Director) collectively bring their particular expertise to directing and managing the academy. They are supported by a group of voluntary BMI’s (Benefactor-Mentor-Investors) who provide stipends for the trainees, bridge the divide between socio-economic and cultural classes and contribute their skills and resources to the project.

For media enquiries and images contact:
Jennifer van Papendorp
083 55 66 054

For further company details:
Facebook: @IndoniAcademy
Instagram: indoniacademy

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