Auditions for young dancers

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Young dancers between the ages of six and 18 years have an opportunity to hone their skills.

For the past 10 years, The Dance Factory has run a vocational dance training programme for youngsters between the ages of six and 18. From this programme, dancers such as Dada Masilo, this year's winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, Nicholas Aphane, now on a scholarship at the renowned P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, and Shereen Mathebula, who is about to begin the graduate programme at the South African Ballet Theatre, have emerged.

The programme runs during weekday afternoons, all day on Saturdays and Sunday mornings. It focuses on dancers who are still at school. Classes are offered in classical ballet and contemporary dance, both techniques being compulsory for all students.

Candidates are selected by audition, which will take place on Saturday as follows: 9:30am - ages 6 to 9; 10:30am - ages 10 to 13; Noon - ages 14 to 17.

Dancers should arrive at least 30 minutes before their session in order to register and change into dance wear. Candidates should wear leotards and footless tights or swimsuits and cycle shorts. No jeans or dresses will be allowed.

The auditions will consist of short classes in both ballet and contemporary dance, so candidates are not required to prepare material in advance.

The auditions will be held at The Dance Factory, President Street (between Miriam Makeba and Henry Nxumalo streets), Newtown, Johannesburg.

All registration will take place on the day of the audition.