Professional Dance Youth-Teacher Training Programme

Morithitho Foundation has designed a dance teacher training programme aimed at amateur dancers and teachers who have no formal dance teacher training but are in charge of a group of dancers and dance clubs in their communities. The teacher training offers more than dance training by paying special attention on how to operate a dance studio sustainably.

It is an intensive programme offering both theory and practical training and is independently assessed. Through the Teacher Training Camp, dance teachers will improve their knowledge and skill in various dance genres. Moreover, DTT imparts beyond the complexity of the technical, physical, and cognitive stimulation. This is achieved by giving attention to the business in the arts, therefore improving the daily function and operations of the teams/clubs/ groups leading to a more sustainable career in the arts.

As a result of the programme, teachers are then able to produce quality dancers, successfully market their dancers and or create dance productions. Ultimately this efficient chain link yields to profitable dance studios that contribute to our economy, especially if they can be marketed overseas.

Closer to home is the need for the arts to be accessible to all children across the country as opposed to the current metropolitan centred trend being experienced. With this in mind, we are working with local Municipalities and Tribal Authorities to source dance teachers from even remote parts of the country. Equipped with the Professional Dance Teacher Certificate, accreditation, confidence, networks and knowledge it is our wish and aim that the dance teachers will showcase their dance productions in their communities and give them the chance to witness excellence on their doorsteps.

Many up and coming dance coaches in South Africa, seek to expand their knowledge and abilities to bridge the national and international market. Their limited knowledge and abilities unfortunately restrict the young coaches from furthering their careers and competing competitively locally and internationally. Each DTT programme runs over a twelve (12) month period consisting of two (2) months planning and nine (9) months of training, assessment, and examination.

Target Group

  • Majority black, previously disadvantaged youth, and women
  • Aged between eighteen years old to thirty-five years old (18 – 35yrs)
  • Participants are to come mainly from the North West, Mpumalanga, Free State and Gauteng provinces (other provinces to be included as and when funding is available)

The dominos effect of this programme cannot therefore be understated enough. Interest from even remote communities will be encouraged, as youth and children will turn to the dance teachers for training and guidance, creating more business for their dance studios.

Proven Experience

Please refer to supporting documentation for proven experience, which are testimonials from previous beneficiaries of the Dance Teacher Training programme:

Youth In Motion Dance Studio

My name is Simon Mogomotsi Maphutha. I am 25 years and currently reside in Rustenburg, in the North West province. I was fortunate to be part of pilot group for the DTT program in 2015.

DTT is an educational program under Morithitho Foundation, led by head coach Tebogo Kgobokoe. The program had a huge impact on my dance career and it was an eye opener. It taught us about the business side of dance, how to register as a legal entity, how to manage the finances, how to deal with clients and how to create multiple income streams. It also assisted us to understand the dancesport industry.

Royal Rose Dance Studio

On the 8th of May 2015, I received a letter from Morithitho Foundation, that changed my dance life for the better. I was selected as one of the dancers who would be on a Pilot Programme for Teacher Training, which was offered to dancers in townships and rural areas.

The programme did not only teach us how to dance and teach dancing to our students. It taught us and equipped us with the following skills among others:

  • Management Skills (How to better manage our studios and run successful studios)
  • Entrepreneurial Skills (How to raise funds for our studios, and not to depend on one income stream as a dance teacher)
  • Interpersonal Skills (How to deal with our students, their parents, as well as how to conduct ourselves when approaching potential sponsors for our proposed events, and interacting with the communities at large)

Programme Layout

The women and youths from different communities and walks of life come for an opportunity to be trained and mentored in their different genres while learning how to integrate the arts for a more holistic approach to the business of the arts, through the Teacher Training Program. The workshops seek to bring a deep-seated awareness to the young aspiring artists about the world of entertainment, arts, and culture.

Having the prospect of training and sharpening their raw talent to an accepted standard as future professionals in the making, these young participants will work with some of the most seasoned and best in the industry, making it a possibility to be competitive with the world.   

This goes without saying that the psychological support of having fun through training camps will in turn educate, improve, and enhance their artistic talents. The DTT programme is introduced through elimination rounds of teams encompassing complete artistic genres (dancers, crafters/painters, actors, poets, singers, instrumentalists). Although each will audition an individual piece, the first leg will see a community group moving to the next phase where they break away from each other to then battle it out with other artists of the same genre, before moving on to workshops hosted by professional artists, mentors and facilitators.

This exercise of artists seeking artist within their communities is a way of mobilising the youths in different communities to come together for a greater goal. Groups and individuals in communities will seek each other out to form the desired specifications for taking part in the programme.

The running of the DTT program is designed in a way which ensures that teachers in dance are fully equipped to teach their dancers and simultaneously prepare them for teaching in an actual school. The programme boosts confidence in their own skills and teaching abilities. Teachers are then able to transfer such skills and knowledge down to their dancers, allowing them to gain confidence in expressing themselves, while honing their dance abilities to enable them to be competitive and marketable.

Programme Outcomes

  • A space for arts and expression is developed
  • A place of safety for children, youth, and women
  • A space to discover oneself; and explore talents and the vast number of opportunities
  • A place to harness and develop talent
  • Development of entrepreneurship spirit and innovation in the arts space – a highly necessary factor in a country facing a high rate of unemployment, and rapidly changing
  • Provide job opportunities to the women and youth in various communities
  • Well trained skilled artists will be able to impart knowledge to the children and other youths in their communities
  • Sustainable structured community groups will emerge from various communities around South Africa
  • Provide exposure and opportunities to the women and youths
  • Provide accreditation and develop a market for artistic talent
  • Promote social cohesion and nation building
  • Develop international standard artists
  • Development of provincial champions of Morithitho Foundation
  • Promote values and morals in communities
  • First-hand experience on dance training, studio management and project management

Programme Beneficiaries

  • Youth and children in different communities, taking dancesport either as an art or recreational activity
  • Women in different communities who run complimentary programmes
  • Unemployed women and youth, dance teachers, unqualified, qualified, non-credited and accredited dance teacher/coaches who oversee teams, groups or studios needing a qualification for creditability and for job related opportunities
  • Community members who are active citizens in their communities will benefit through the competitions be it cooking (catering), sound managing, consume making (tailoring), coordination and organisation that leads to job creation
  • Morithitho Foundation aims at affecting a minimum of 400 people in the four provinces, majority in North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng province, either directly or indirectly

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