Vuyani Dance Theatre
The organisation was founded in 1999 by Gregory Maqoma and got registered as an NPO in 2002. Since inception VDT has created a repertoire of more than twenty eight works, most of which have won/been nominated for awards in Gauteng and nationally, created over two hundred employment opportunities for dancers, choreographers, administrators, publicists, technicians, musicians, IT personnel, designers, etc.; reached and touched lives in eight provinces through workshops, via are offered by the employees through an initiative of giving back to their communities and through performances; and has created a name internationally as an innovative and well sought after dance organisation.
ACCESS TO EXCELLENCE is an accredited dance training programme offered in collaboration with Witwatersrand University’s Drama for Life. This certificate in Fine Arts will offer students a qualification from two world recognised institutions which will be used as a bridging course for further arts studies or for employment in any dance work both in South Africa and internationally.
As we stand in solidarity in this moment with everyone around the world who has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, our deepest regret is the inability to perform for our audiences. VDT exists for its public, and there is nothing more heart-breaking for the dancers who are dedicated not only to dancing but to teaching our protégés at our outreach stations to stop performing and teaching. But we know that it is for the public good and we are doing our part to keep each other safe and to guarantee that our art form survives.
Challenges Being Faced During COVID-19
South Africa is currently faced with high unemployment rate of 26.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018 with an increase in youth unemployment to 52.40 percent from 51.10 percent in the last quarter of 2017. The South African economic occurs largely in skillsintensive sectors, such as financial and business services sector. The largely accepted cause of unemployment today is a structural mismatch between the skills the modern South African economy demands, and the skills supplied.
Vuyani Dance Theatre has identified an opportunity to contribute to the fight against unemployment by offering a training programme for those youths who are talented in dance and wish to pursue a career in the unconventional arts sector. South African youths are beginning to appreciate that not all of them will become accountants, Business Managers or Lawyers and as such are beginning to take the arts as a possible future employer or an entrepreneurial platform.
What Will The Donations Be Used For?
Funds will be used to assist further development of our website, staff payments and to maintain the financial integrity of our business model as currently, we are unable to host any events.
How does our work impact the community/give-back?
Vuyani Dance Theatre has over the last fourteen years offered free dance training programme to deserving constructed under the scope of dance skills, technique and choreography. The programme aims to give deserving young people from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to excel in dance while developing a new generation of dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. The training model absorbs the trainees into the organisation’s daily dance programme; this on the job training approach ensured that the trainees gain a practical understanding of different dance techniques while performing with company in professional productions which includes abroad travels that opens them up to new networking opportunities.
Vuyani is rooted in developing young talent and trainees also give of their time to impart the knowledge they soak up to the school going generation through the Outreach Programme. The objective of this programme is to reach out to community organisations and primary schools with a keen focus on those that include an arts and culture programme in their curriculum.
Our primary need is to ensure our trainees continue to receive their monthly stipends which assist them with rent, groceries and accessing their learning materials.