Chil­dren dance into a brighter fu­ture

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPUZZLES - THEMBEKA DLAMUKA

THE hall of Si­likamva High School Hout Bay was abuzz last week­end when the Amoyo Per­form­ing Arts Foun­da­tion held their mid-year dis­play. Young­sters trained by the foun­da­tion keenly showed off their skills at danc­ing, drum­ming and act­ing.

Since last year Amoyo, a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, has been teach­ing the chil­dren of Hout Bay per­form­ing arts rang­ing from African con­tem­po­rary dance to hip hop; djembe drum­ming to drama.

Amoyo means “spirit of ap­pre­ci­a­tion” (ap­pre­ci­at­ing ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one). The foun­da­tion was founded last March by voiceover artist and en­tre­pre­neur Kim Wor­rall with dance teach­ers Man­disa Qhe­sha and Nan­dioha San­di­ana. They train ju­nior dancers, teens, se­niors and Amoyo core-group and of­fer after-school and hol­i­day pro­grammes of high­qual­ity dance, drama, mu­sic and per­for­mance classes..

Amoyo aims to pro­vide young­sters in the area not only with per­form­ing arts skills but the pos­i­tives that are a by- prod­uct of par­tic­i­pat­ing in such a the­atre school pro­gramme – self-es­teem, self-con­fi­dence, self-dis­ci­pline and life skills for adult­hood.

Just over a year later, Amoyo is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

”When you have par­ents thank­ing you reg­u­larly, you know the im­pact you are hav­ing on their chil­dren”, said Wor­rall.

The Amoyo per­form­ers have danced at pub­lic and cor­po­rate events. They per­formed at an in­ter­na­tional refugee day event and were fea­tured on e.tv news.

Amoyo’s am­bas­sador is Siphelele Mblashwa, an events man­age­ment stu­dent at the Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy. She re­gards Amoyo as her sec­ond fam­ily and says they taught her love and re­spect and helped her to achieve her goals.

PIC­TURES: JA­SON BOUD

Oran­jek­loof Mo­ra­vian Pri­mary pupils Siseko No­hty­olo (Grade 7) and Thobeka Shumi (Grade 5) show off their tal­ent.

The chil­dren of the Amoyo Per­form­ing Arts Foun­da­tion in Hout Bay per­form some of the set-pieces they have been work­ing on this term at Si­likamva High School Hall in Pen­zance, Hout Bay.

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