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MIDM’s Sifiso Kweyama snatches award

MIDM’s Sifiso Kweyama snatches award

Moving Into Dance Mophatong

Author: Webmaster/02 August 2013/Categories: News, Articles, South African Dance Personalities

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Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) proudly announces that Sifiso Kweyama has won the Choreographer of the Year Award at the KZN Dance Link Awards.

The Awards was hosted on Saturday, 27 July at the Old Pump House on the Durban Beachfront. This award was in honour of Kweyama's work "Ngichaze/Define" which he choreographed with the Flatfoot Dance Company.

Kweyama who is MIDM's Dance Company Manager and Rehearsal Director continues to create works of excellence within MIDM and outside. His love and passion for dance drives him to seek out different forms of expression in movement as he draws inspiration from his own personal and cultural experiences. MIDM is proud to have the calibre of such a choreographer within its ranks.

Kweyama said, "Receiving this award was an honour especially since it was honouring the choreography I created for the Flatfoot Dance Company. Lots of people do not know that Lliane loots is my second dance teacher after Linda Peters, since the days of the Ukusa programme in 1989. I have stayed connected with Miss Loots sharing ideas in the art of dance and that has led to invitations to choreograph for her company in 2010. I am pleased that the Flatfoot Company did a great job in making sure that the work was recognised, hence the award."

Kweyama hopes to continue with the same steam developing and mentoring new choreographers at MIDM and outside; so that the quality of dance in South Africa could be constantly improved. Kweyama is pleased to have his work recognized in his home province.

About Moving into Dance Mophatong

MIDM was started in 1978 in Glasser's garage in Victory Park as non-racial dance classes and a dance company as a form of cultural resistance to apartheid. Cultural entrepreneurship and job creation has been at the core of MIDM training and development programmes and projects since its inception

MIDM's Motto "Nyakaza o Fetohe - Making a Difference through Dance"
epitomises the core activities of the organisation. MIDM's mission is to use the creative medium of dance and allied disciplines to train, educate, develop and economically empower and transform youth and adults, providing redress and equitable access thereby contributing to job creation and employment throughout South Africa.

Current interlinked MIDM programmes in 2013 consist of:

1. A full-time one year Performing Arts Training Course (PATC) in dance and related life skills such as Oral and Written Communication, Computer Skills, accredited by SAQA. Currently 16 students from Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Western Cape as well as Gauteng. MIDM alumni from this course which celebrated its 21st graduation in 2012, reads like an honours list in the dance community throughout South Africa.

2. A 2nd year and 3rd year Trainees Programme providing dance training, choreographic and performance skills as well as arts administration.

3. A full-time award-winning professional Contemporary African Dance Company of 7 dancers. The Dance Company activities are structured around an integrated programme of dance creation, performance and teaching with development and a National Outreach for youth in under-resourced areas. This Company was awarded the Dance Manyano Company of the decade in 2010, and recently one of its senior dancers and choreographers Sonia Radebe was named as one of the M&G's Top 200 Young South Africans. One of the organisations'
strengths has been to develop and mentor young choreographers and five Standard Bank Young Artists in dance have been developed in the MIDM professional Dance Company.

4. A National Outreach programme with weekly dance classes in schools and community centres in Gauteng as well as workshops and performances in Mpumalanga, the North West, the Free Sate and other provinces.

5. Ongoing in-house arts administration and leadership and life skills training for staff.

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