Established in 2002, SABT’s Development Programme is active in Mamelodi, Eersterus, Soweto, Alexandra, Katlehong and Melville with over 250 dancers being taught free, afternoon ballet class. Learners age from five to sixteen learn movement, body, spatial and language skills through their regular ballet training.
The SABT aims to select talented learners for further training at the SABT Academy and finally, for employment with the Company.
The learners are encouraged to develop a new South African dance identity incorporating the ballet technique and their own movement vocabulary. Learners also receive free dance gear and transport to and from classes and rehearsal.
(* Photographs by Werner Prinsloo - © SABT)
The dancers from the Development programmes regularly participate in the professional Company’s major productions such as The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty.
Additional classes for a select group of talented dancers from Alexandra take place twice a week at SABT’s Braamfontein studios with a member of the Company’s Artistic staff.
Learners from Alexandra and Mamelodi are transported to class in the VW Kombi sponsored by Wesbank as well as a Peugeot Boxer sponsored by Peugeot SA. These kombis also transport the learners to the many rehearsals they may have when participating in the professional Company’s productions.
The year culminates with the annual year end concert where learners perform for their teachers, parents, family, friends and members of the media.
For more information, contact Candace Osbourn on Tel: 011 877-6910
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