Classes and rehearsals continued during the school holidays as the performance team had to be ready for our performance with the Cape Philharmonic at Artscape. These were primarily for the performance team although all were welcome and the studio quickly filled up.
TDA Eisteddfod Repertoire Recording
Both Leanne and Andrew were asked to choreograph new ‘set solos’ for the 2014 TDA Eisteddfod being held in August. Andrew choreographed a classical ballet solo and Leanne a Demi Character. They were then filmed at Reddam School on 12th April along with all the other teachers’ new solos. The new DVD for all Eisteddfod participants can be purchased soon.
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Collaborative Performance
Zama’s performance team and a handful of Zama student-helpers spent the day at Artscape where they performed with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). Zama had been invited to perform The Swan from the Carnival of Animals by Laurika Steenkamp, the CPO’s Outreach and Education Manager when we shared a table with her at the Cultural Affairs Awards earlier this year. The helpers help set up a Zama information board in the foyer and later handed out Zama flyers to the audience as they arrived.
Between performances with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Zama students go for a walk along the Sea Point promenade.
Adele Blank’s Rehearsals Start
We feel extremely privileged to have the South African doyen of contemporary dance Adele Blank in the Zama studio for next few months. ‘Uvuyo’ will be performed by the Zama students as a curtain raiser at all Cape Town City Ballet performances during their Ballet Beautiful season in July at Artscape. Uvuyo, originally called Collaboration was created for the Free Flight Dance Company and performed at the Wits Theatre in Johannesburg. The first movement renamed Uvuyo (‘Celebrate’ in Xhosa) has been reworked for the students of the Zama Dance School in Gugulethu as part of the school’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Adele Blank is not only known for her cutting edge work, but also for her tireless dedication to the development of South African artistes who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to train formally in dance. Today hundreds of dancers work professionally locally and abroad as a result of Adele’s commitment, encouragement and love of dance.
Waterfront Theatre School Choreographic Competition
It was an honour to be invited back to the Waterfront Theatre School (WTS) this year to judge their choreographic completion. Along with fellow judges, Didi Moses and Fran Hill we were treated to two full programmes of dance as well as an awards evening. I was extremely proud to see Zama Dance School graduate Sonia Yabo, now a second year student at WTS dance beautifully in two of the pieces.
The British Embassy
Zama Dance School performed for the British High Commissioner, Judith Macgregor at a reception organised by the Cape Town City Ballet’s Keith Mackintosh.
This prestigious occasion held in the grounds of the British High Commissioner’s residence in Bishopscourt was in honour of guest stars, Federico Bonelli and Hikaru Kobayashi from the Royal Ballet, London and in support of the Cape Town City Ballet’s 80th anniversary year. Federico Bonelli and Hikaru Kobayashi from the Royal Ballet will dance the lead roles in the company’s forthcoming season of Swan Lake at Artscape Opera House in April. In attendance was the Cape Town City Ballet’s Patron, recently returned SA Ambassador to Bulgaria, Sheila Camerer as well as Zama Dance School’s Chairman Mr Raymond Ackerman and his wife Wendy Ackerman.
Before the performance at the British High Commissioner’s residence.
Dancers from the
Cape Town City Ballet and Zama Dance School students
Lwazi Saphula, Thimna Sitokisi and Chuma Nkumanda.
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Mr Ackerman’s Birthday Party
Zama was thrilled to be invited as the guest performers for Raymond Ackerman’s birthday celebrations held at Pick n Pay headquarters in Kenilworth on the 10th March. The surprise performance was organised by his daughter Suzanne Ackerman and was attended by 1000 Pick n Pay employees as well as new British CEO to Pick n Pay Richard Brasher. Leanne Voysey’s popular Friends and Other People was received with great enthusiasm by the crowd.
Mr Ackerman is wished a happy birthday by Zama dancers on the
10th of March at Pick n Pay headquarters Kenilworth. Looking on is
British CEO to Pick n Pay Richard Brasher.
Open Day at the Cape Town City Ballet
The Cape Town City Ballet’s annual Open Day took place on Saturday 29 March from 10 - 3pm at the studios of the UCT School of Dance, Rondebosch. This action packed day is a highlight on the ballet calendar and provides excellent entertainment for the whole family and gives a behind the scenes glimpse into the daily life of a dancer.
OPEN DAY, organized by the Cape Town City Ballet’s Keith Mackintosh also showcased the UCT School of Dance and the Cape Junior Ballet (CJB). This year for the time, Zama Dance School was invited to showcase the training of a young township dancer from baby to mature student in an hour long lecture demonstration conducted by Leanne Voysey, Andrew Warth and 30 Zama students. Zama went on to perform Emma Jordan’s Bad Things at 2 fundraising performances held in the ballet company studio in front of full houses. Proceeds from Open Day support Cape Town City Ballet’s Outreach & Development Programs which Zama is a beneficiary of.
Zama Dance School students Sinethemba Tafeni and Hlumelo Ntshangana back stage with Cape Town City Ballet dancers Conrad Nusser and Jane Fidler on Open Day 29th March.
Zama Dance School Director Andrew Warth with the schools Ballet Teacher Leanne Voysey at the prestigious cultural awards ceremony hosted by Minister, Dr Ivan Meyer from the Western Cape Government.
Zama’s Contribution to the Performing Arts in the Townships Recognised
Serendipity must be congratulated for starting 2014 on such a high note for Zama Dance School.
Not only is it celebrating its 25th birthday this year, but the school received a Cultural Affairs award from the Western Cape Government.
Hard work and drive came together on Monday 10th February, when the school, it’s Director and ballet teacher, Leanne Voysey, were awarded the prestigious cultural award at a ceremony hosted by Minister Dr Ivan Meyer from the Western Cape Government. This award was received for Zama Dance School’s Contribution to the Performing Arts: Dance in the Western Cape and acknowledges work done in the artistic arena to uplift the people of the communities within the Western Cape.
Zama Classes Start and into LEAP Workshop
Three highly acclaimed professional dancers from the United States visited Zama daily where they taught ballet classes, repertoire and choreography for over 60 of our young dance students.
The three American dancers are of a group of six who are working similarly at other institutions in South Africa (Dance for All & The Cape Academy of Performing Arts) and had all enrolled in the LEAP Programme (Liberal Education for the Arts Professionals) – a BA Degree course offered at Saint Mary’s College in San Francisco, California. Their hard work came together on Friday 14th when Zama hosted and presented what had been learnt in a studio concert titled, For the Love of Dance which was attended by over 300 guests, mostly families and friends of the students in the overwhelming afternoon heat. Students from Dance for All the Cape Academy of Performing Arts also took part in this performance which was once again presented at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in Tokai the following day
Cristobal Marquez from LEAP engulfed by Zama dance School juniors during rehearsal
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End of Year Outing at Ratanga Junction
On Thursday 5th December, 31 Zama students and staff went to Ratanga Junction for their end of year school trip.
This was a trip promised to all students who took their ballet exams from Grade 1 up and did not include the large introductory class. The students were split into two age groups; Leanne and I looked after the seniors with Vuyo and Nomtha taking care of the juniors. Fun was had by all with only two students running off to be sick in the bushes after riding the Congo Queen multiple times!
Exams & Concerts
November was a busy month with ballet exams and two end-of-year concerts on the calendar.
Exams took place on Friday 15th and again on Saturday 16th. Our examiner this year was the Cape Town City Ballet’s Mervyn Williams. This year all exams were ‘in house’ which means we didn’t enter students to external exams. The work presented was however RAD syllabus and I’m pleased to report all 79 students passed with average to very high results.
Cape Town City Ballet’s Mervyn Williams with Zama Dance School’s Leanne Voysey on Friday 15th November, presenting certificates to the 2013 Introductory class. All 45 Intro students passed their one hour dance exam and 33 of them have been selected to be next year’s Grade 1. The others will remain in the Intro class until they’re old enough to begin learning the more complicated RAD Grade syllabus.
On the mornings of the 5th, 7th and 8th of November I had the privilege of examining the students at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in Tokai. CAPA is one of the foremost multi-disciplinary Academy’s for vocational students in South Africa and I would certainly consider it for Zama graduates to one day continue their training to a professional level.
On Friday the 29th and Saturday 30th November, we presented two concerts in our performance space at the school in Gugulethu. The first was a compilation of 2013 dance highlights and was performed for our Chairman Mr Raymond Ackerman, his wife Mrs Wendy Ackerman, our Trustees Freya Griffiths, Melanie Stark and Michael Sizani.
Also present were the Ackerman Foundation staff, Zama teachers and Funders (James Fernie from Uthando South Africa and Charles Maema from Cultural Affairs and Sport – Western Cape Government) as well as parents of our senior students. This year’s performance featured guest dancers from the Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB). We are hugely grateful to the CTCB’s Keith Mackintosh and Tracy Li for bringing dancers Angela Hansford and Xola Putye through to Zama for their most amazing performances.
Former Zama Dance School students Busi Langa, Neige Virgilio and Sibu Sbuda Joined us at
Zama for our end-of-year
The performance was repeated Saturday morning and the Zama performers were invited to come and watch the CTCB dancers from the front, which they thoroughly enjoyed. This performance, with an added junior Tap number from the Grade 1 students choreographed by Sam Snow was for our students’ friends and family - as well as community members - and was followed by a presentation of their ballet exam certificates. It was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd of over a hundred and the Zama children were thrilled to hear that their Christmas surprise this year is a trip to Ratanga Junction!
Cape Town City Ballet guest dancers Angela Hansford & Xola Putye performed the Gypsy Pas de Deux & Coda from Don Quixote act 3 at Zama Dance School on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November.
Bridging the Gap
For some time, we have been trying to find a way of accessing a social worker for the Zama students. With the assistance of Zama Dance School Trustee Melanie Stark, we have explored many avenues with little or no success. During November we reached out to two of the local primary schools – which make up the majority of our students - as part of the new Bridging the Gap programme. Bridging the Gap is in its early stages and we have so far only met with these two principles, but it is a start and I hope to communicate with more schools in the hope of sharing recourses.
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Adele Blank Workshop
South African doyenne of contemporary dance, Adele Blank joined us at the Zama studios alongside students from Sannette van der Mescht’s ballet studio, Dance for Change for an afternoon of class and choreography, which afforded them all the opportunity to work with her and experience her unique teaching and choreographic style. A piece created by Blank on young dancers for Johannesburg’s Market Theatre recently, as well as 2 pieces by Zama’s dance students was later performed in a performance for our local community as well as parents of young students from Dance for Change which is based in Pinelands. Adele Blank is known for her cutting edge work and for her tireless dedication to the development of South African artistes who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to train formally in dance. Hundreds of dancers work professionally locally and abroad as a result of Adele’s commitment, encouragement and love of dance. Adele Blank recently launched a trust fund established in her name.
http://abfftrust.co.za/. The trust has been established to afford young emerging dancers who would otherwise not have the means or opportunity for post school training at a dance center of excellence abroad. The time frame for this extraordinary opportunity would be 6 months to a year and the students would then return to South Africa to share their knowledge.
South African doyenne of contemporary dance, Adele Blank joined us at the Zama studios alongside students from Sannette van der Mescht’s studio, Dance for Change
Guest teacher from the Cape Town City Ballet
Tusile Tenza, from the Cape Town City Ballet joined us for a week in to teach classes. Although not originally from Zama, Tusile is from the area and the children adored him.
Tusile came to us as part of an agreement between Zama Dance School, Cape Town City Ballet and the Amy Biehl Foundation where we would share recourses. Through this partnership, Cape Town City Ballet agreed to perform 2 numbers at our end of year concert on Friday 29th November.
Tusile Tenza with the Cape Town City Ballet’s Keith Mackintosh and Zama dance School students
Zama is nominated for an award by the Western Cape Government/Cultural Affairs and Sport, under the Arts and Culture Contribution to the Performing Arts (Dance) section. We will hopefully hear from them after their adjudication in early 2014.
Our new portable ballet Barres arrived this month and will make their debut in the ballet studio after the school half term break. Our older semi portable barres were fixed to the dance floor around the sides of our expansive dance studio. Over the past 13 years they have wriggled around by enthusiastic students and lately began damaging the expensive dance floor. So the old barres will be stored away and we will begin using our new portable barres which will also enhance our teaching abilities by bringing the students closer to the teacher who works the sound system which is in a fixed position. The barres can be brought closer to the front.
Zama’s new portable Ballet Barres make a welcomed new addition to the studio
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Theatre Dance Association (TDA) Eisteddfod
We’ve been working furiously hard this month in preparation for the 2013 Eisteddfod at the Sea Point Civic Centre. The eisteddfod comes once a year - and is without a doubt the highlight of our students’ year. Apart from making new friends and catching–up with old, they get to perform and compete against students from other Cape Town based dance schools. This year there were over 80 schools competing and around 900 children entering in different artistic fields. Zama entered the set solo dance category and three group dance sections with excellent results.
Little Miss Muffet 7 to 8 yr old Set Solo
Monica Dumakude 98% - 1st place - Diploma
Tennis Dance 9 – 10yr old Set Solo
Tshepang Shumba 96.50% - Diploma
Buntu Anta 89.79% - Diploma
Zinzi Buthelezi 86.64% - Honours
Doll Dance 10 – 11 yr old Set Solo
Amohelang Rooiland 97.33% - Diploma
Chuma Nkumanda 95.49% - Diploma
Zikhona Papiyana 95.33% - Diploma
Asanda Mehana 91.81% - Diploma
Boys classical Solo 13 – 14yr old
Thimna Sitokisi 96.83% - Diploma
Lwazi Saphula 92.82% - Diploma
Tap - Any Age Group
Bad Things – Any Age Group
Friends and Other People
100% - Diploma
Choreographed for Zama by British guest teacher Emma Jordan won first place medal in the groups section.
Monica Dumakude was awarded a “We Saw You” medal for her excellent Little Miss Muffett
Tshepang Shumba was awarded R250 for her “Eye Catching” Tennis Dance
Amohelang Rooiland was awarded a “Most Promising Junior” medal for her Doll Dance
Thimna Sitokisi was awarded R500 for his solo in the classical ballet section
The LEAP programme visits Zama Dance School
During the month of June, six professional dancers from America visited Zama Dance School where they taught ballet classes, repertory and choreographed for 60 of our excited young dance students. The six American dancers who enrolled in the LEAP programme (Liberal Education for the Arts Professionals), a BA Degree course offered at Saint Mary’s College in California, travelled half way across the world to spend two exciting weeks with the Zama children.
Through their teaching at Zama and time spent with the teaching faculty, the professional dancers learnt about the principles inherent in the study of dance, including how self-discipline and perseverance plays an important role in the lives of these young people living in Cape Town’s townships.
They learnt too that having a career in dance may only apply to a small percentage of Zama students, but that the majority of children exposed to dance benefit hugely when it comes to confidence, dedication, punctuality and self-worth. Their hard work came together on Friday afternoon when Zama hosted and presented what had been learnt in a studio concert attended by the families and friends of the students. It was once again presented at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in Tokai the following day. CAPA is recognized as one of the leading dance academies in the Western Cape, if not South Africa so it was a truly special occasion for Zama dancers to perform alongside CAPA’s counter parts who had also taken part in the LEAP workshop.
Keelan Whitmore from LINES Ballet Company, San Francisco puts
Zama Dance School students through their paces.
June also saw former Zama Dance School student Mantu Jakavula return and conduct a week long workshop with the students. On a short break between contracts – he agreed to spend some of his time with us at the school which we were naturally thrilled about. It’s so important to have former students return and teach as well as mentor. It’s not always possible, taking into account their busy professional timetables, but when they do return and share their knowledge, our students see first-hand that they can also have careers on stage - if they desire and are prepared to work for it.
Mantu Jakavula spent the past year performing for Costa Cruise Lines in
the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf - but is excited to be back teaching at Zama.
Ballet at Artscape
On the 10th of May we took a small group of our senior dancers to Artscape Opera House to see a performance of the Cape Town City Ballet’s Camille. Our very own ballet teacher, Leanne Voysey was a guest artist in this season and performed the role of Anina, Camille’s faithful servant.
We were also treated to a backstage pass where we met the two leading artists Lisa Vieira and Daniel Szybkoski.
Backstage pass. Zama students meet
Cape Town City Ballet’s Lisa Vierira and Daniel Szybkoski
Emma Louise Jordan
During the second week of March, British guest teacher and choreographer Emma Louise Jordan arrived from Freiberg, Germany. She taught our senior students for three weeks and produced a new piece for the school called Bad Things. Based on a Cowboy & Vampire theme and danced to the theme tune for the popular TV series True Blood, the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We look forward to entering it at the Eisteddfod later this year.
Guest choreographer, Emma Louise Jordan returns home much
to the dismay of us all at Zama, but more so to the students in her piece.
So You Think You Can Dance
Fifteen Zama students were once again sponsored by Theatre Dance Association to participate in this year’s So You Think You Can Dance convention held at Reddam House in Tokai. The guest teachers, all winners or runners-up from the 2012 season of the hit American version of this show were Chehon, Tiffany and Melanie.
Melanie, from So You Think You Can Dance takes the junior class
at the dance convention held at Reddam House, Tokai.
Zama Graduates Moving Forward
18 year olds Candice Dongwe and Sonia Yabo, both long time students of Zama, were accepted by two of Cape Town’s finest tertiary establishments.
Candice Dongwe secured a place at the UCT School of Dance where she has begun her three year Dance Teacher’s Diploma and Degree course.
We believe Candice will enjoy a wonderful career on stage one day and we look forward to following her journey. We hope she will return to her roots here at Zama and help motivate the next generation as others have before her.
Sonia Yabo auditioned for the Waterfront Theatre School this month and was immediately accepted. The Waterfront Theatre School has a very high success rate of general theatre employment, particularly in the musical world so wish Sonia all the best and look forward to seeing her on stage one day.
Zama Dance School would like to acknowledge Mrs Wendy Ackerman who has supplied invaluable financial support so that both Candice and Sonia can move forward towards their chosen careers.
Zama opened its doors for 2013 registration on the 16th January, which was once again co-ordinated by the school’s secretary, Vuyokazi Rubuxa. The results of our refreshed partnership with the Amy Biehl Foundation last year were plain to see this year when 26 new Grade 1 dancers from the Nomlinganiselo Primary School in New Cross Roads enrolled for classes.
The Zama school bus, driven by Andrew Petersen is now used daily
to fetch and drop our new Grade 1’s as well as shop for the feeding scheme.
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November was a busy month at Zama with internal ballet exams being held and two end-of-year studio concert performances. All students passed Zama’s internal ballet exams this year with the majority receiving marks between 80% & 90%. The first of our two concerts held at the school was for Mr & Mrs Ackerman, our Trustees, funders and friends. The second was for the general public, but mostly friends and family of our students. Both performances were received well and the school packed to the rafters.
For two of our young male students, exam time came early this year. Thimna Sitokisi and Lwazi Saphula, both 13 years old, took the external Royal Academy of Dance’s Intermediate Foundation exam this month.
The beginning of September saw the end of the TDA Eisteddfod and Zama was invited to dance in the Finals, against other winning groups. Zama’s group dance, Beautiful Things, choreographed by Leanne Voysey, competed for top spot and came in 1st with Gold. We also presented our Productions group, Mamelani. This came in 2nd and was awarded Silver. Another highlight was 13 year Thimna Sitokisi receiving the award for best junior dancer in the whole competition. This year teachers were recognised for their work and Andrew Warth walked away with the TDA Fabulous Trophy.
“We at the TDA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrew Warth on winning the “TDA FABULOUS” trophy – a Teachers award - at this year’s Eisteddfod of the Performing Arts. This year it went to you in recognition of your involvement, dedication and commitment to the ZAMA dancers. Your genuine concern and love for the kids is so evident and there could not be a more worthy winner of this coveted trophy. Well done to your contribution to dance in general – to ensuring that it is enjoyed by all. We at the TDA acknowledge the huge part that you play in promoting and keeping dance alive in our disadvantaged areas and amongst our less fortunate communities – we are fully aware of the impact you have on the developing youth in the Western Cape. Di Fincham; Janice Tighe; Denise Morrison”
Zama also visited the Teplov ballet shoe factory in Somerset West this month which the children loved. 30 students were transported in 2 kombi’s and a car. In their new dance uniforms which we ordered from First Edition Clothing and their new shoes, the children looked smart for end of year ballet exams.
August is Eisteddfod month. This year there were 89 schools competing and well over 1000 children took part. Zama entered the solo dance category and two group dance sections.
Zama’s solo dancers all walked away with High Merits and Honours. Thimna – the only boy in that section - was awarded Diploma, the highest mark possible and was then also awarded the Best Overall Junior Dancer award.
The new Zama school bus is now operational and the Zama team has a new member, our driver Mr Andrew Peterson.
Zama students took part in the Theatre Dance Association’s Inspirational Workshop which was held at the UCT School of Dance. With over a 100 participants from dance studios from across the Western Cape, this year’s theme was Musicals, Acting, Singing and Dancing.
New students from the Amy Biehl Foundation started this month, increasing our numbers to 90. They are bussed in by the Amy Biehl Foundation on Friday afternoons for our popular Introductory Class.
The new Zama Dance School website was launched. It contains lots of interesting information on Zama’s 25 yr history, including how Mr Ackerman and the school’s founder, Arlene Westergaard teamed up in the early days.
Zama’s Candice Dongwe auditioned for the UCT School of Dance and was accepted.
Leanne and I attended a 3 day syllabus training course held by Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). This ensures Zama continues to provide a level of teaching in keeping with international standards.
We received and laid our new dance mats this month.
Ballet mats (or dance mats), are an essential piece of studio equipment. They prevent injuries incurred through slipping and falling and also prolong the life of the wooden floor below. Ballet shoes last twice as long on the smoother mat surface than on the rough and sometimes splintery wooden floors
The entire school was invited to a matinee performance of the Cape Town City Ballet’s Giselle. It was a beautiful performance danced to orchestra and the students were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour after the show. Not only did they see what it looks like back stage during a huge production like Giselle, but they were also introduced to leading dancers, Megan Swart and Thomas Thorne.
New ballet teacher Leanne Voysey joined the Zama teaching team and former student Mamela Nyamza returned as guest contemporary dance teacher and choreographer. Khulile Mbizela passed his RAD Intermediate Ballet exam in November of 2011 with a MERIT, and we were extremely proud to award him his certificate in front of the other students. Khulile is a shining example of one of Zama’s many success stories in the community of Gugulethu and its surrounds. He not only exceeded our expectations, but his own as well by passing this extremely complicated and challenging exam. He’s a positive role model to all the students at the school, proving that with hard work and determination, one can achieve anything.
January 2012, new ballet teacher Leanne Voysey
joined the Zama Dance School teaching team
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2011 and before
End-of-year party and farewell to Arlene Westergaard
Friends, family and colleagues of Arlene Westergaard
– spanning almost three decades – gathered to honour
her and wish her well in her retirement at Zama Dance School’s
year-end function on 25 November 2011. Introduced by the school's
Patron and Chairman Raymond Ackerman, students past and present
performed works choreographed especially for Arlene, in dedication
to the woman who had played such an instrumental role in enriching
Extract from Arlene Westergaard's director's
report for 2011
"This is the end of my 27-year career with Zama Dance School
and I am looking forward to my retirement after so many years
filled with happiness, challenges and achievements. It is now
time to hand over the responsibility of running the school to
I want to thank the funders for their generous support of the
school, which has and is still making a huge difference to the
lives of the children who walk through its doors. Above all, I
want to thank our chairman, Raymond Ackerman, for his continued
support and his belief in me and the fact that Zama can and has
changed children’s lives.
I also want to thank my brother, Dr Malcolm Sandler, for his continued
guidance as a trustee as well as the friendship and guidance I
have received from June Hanks and the late Alan Odes. I would
also like to thank all the members of the Ackerman Family Foundation
for supporting the growth and development of the school.
A very big thank you must also go to Vuyokazi Rubuxa, our loyal
and caring school secretary, who has been my right hand all along.
I am confident she will continue to serve Zama with the same loyalty
and caring she has given the school for many years to come.
Thinking of all the friends and colleagues I have met, who have
been instrumental in the growth and development of Zama, and in
answer to the question that some of them have put to me recently
about what I’m going to do now, I will continue along my
spiritual path through my studies of t’ai chi and, as the
old saying goes, ‘one door closes, and another one opens’.”
– Arlene Westergaard
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World famous ballet dancer Li Cunxin, author of the autobiographical book, Mao's Last Dancer, visited
South Africa in February 2010 to raise funds for the
Zama Dance School Trust in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
Article written by Debbie Hathway and published March 7, 2010; Weekend Argus; The Good Weekend, Sunday
Mao's last dancer brings message of hope