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 in either:
—PERFA 197 Independent Study or
—PERFA 198 Senior Project

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











Additional tuition rates will apply, which covers guest housing 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


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