"I have never learned more about the world or myself in a school course."
—Jean Michelle Sayeg

"This experience changed my life."
—Keelan Whitmore

“Teaching with my American colleagues was an education in itself. I learned much about the art of teaching dance from the other teachers, and I was able to put those new tools into use during my classes.”
—Aaron Perlstein

"Going to South Africa was what I needed at this point in my career and life to remind me how much I love dance."
—Sarah Van Patten

“My experience in South Africa was nothing short of eye opening, electrifying and inspiring. My mind and heart are full of hope, support and love for the students we met.”
—Emily Wagner

“I learned a great deal about myself, about Africa, and about the language of dance.”
—Garen Scribner

Dance South Africa


This travel course takes LEAP students to Cape Town to work with a diverse group of young dancers. Emphasis is placed on designing and producing on-site dance intensives that include technique classes as well as repertory and choreographic workshops. Intended educational outcomes reach far beyond the steps to reveal larger social issues; special activities are offered to raise awareness in the LEAP students about the challenges facing underprivileged youth in the townships. Preparatory coursework (readings, film, and discussion) explore the topics of South African culture, lifestyle, and history. The result is a rich cultural exchange and reciprocation of learning.

Upper Division, 3.5 units
Students will be enrolled (at their regular LEAP tuition rate) in either:
—PERFA 197 Independent Study or
—PERFA 198 Senior Project

Annie Colbeck teaches a jazz class in the township of Nyanga.


Additional course fee is approx. $1900

Covers guest house accommodations, all breakfasts, some meals, local transportation, cell phones, some excursions, tips, and mandatory medical insurance.

Alejandro Piris Niño teaches ballet class at Dance For All in Athlone. LEAP teachers having fun at the Waterfront in Cape Town!
Olivia Ramsay stands at the end of Africa to see the Atlantic Ocean meeting the Indian Ocean. Kristine Elliott refines hands in arabesque in class at Dance For All.
Boys in passé. Four communities come together in a final performance at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts


For more information about LEAP's Dance South Africa course, please contact us at [email protected]

Photo Credits:
Ann Colbeck, Alison Foat, Diva PR,
Claire Sheridan, Robin Elam-Rye, Laura Blatterman,
and the Dance South Africa LEAP students