Rhythm of Hope Outreach Midyear News 2021
By Tienie Louise van Loggerenberg
A Steady Start to 2021
- The year started off slowly, but we managed to start with classes at the outreach full steam in March. That gave us plenty of time to do a lot of preparation and behind the scenes work – like washing and sorting all of our attire and costuming and praying for each of the students.
- By June we had great momentum. All the children had received ballet attire and were having one class per week in person and one independent practice session with videos via a laptop per week.
Did you know: Students “earn” their dance attire through good discipline and dedication during Term 1 and receive it at the end of the term as reward. Immediately their stance and discipline increase dramatically as they now feel and look like real dancers.
- Two of our students, Ayanda and Portia, (with the help of our amazing Intern, Leria Maneschijn) also returned to classes at the Youth Dance Company of Tshwane on Saturdays and are really enjoying the experience. They attended a Beginners Pointe Workshop in May which really boosted their confidence for the more senior work coming up at YDCT this year. They were working very hard to perform in their @ The Ballet Production which would have been held on the 3rd of July, but the 3rd wave of COVID-19 in Gauteng, sadly hindered this from happening, as it has now been postponed to November 2021.
- Video shoot! Have a look at this amazing short testimony film by 9th Avenue Films about our program and partnerships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z-sx-rN-Vg
- Five of our senior dancers also had the amazing privilege to join Doxa Deo Parkview’s dance ministry in their Youth Day Services on 13 June and really enjoyed being part of this celebration!
- We recently received an incredibly special donation from the Tshwane University of Technology’s Dance department- which included many of PACT Ballet’s Costuming! We are so excited and can’t wait to play “dress up” for all of our future shows! However, we are currently struggling to find a storage solution for this amazing donation … If you perhaps have an idea or can help with a solution on how to store this gift safely, please let us know!
We are very excited to collaborate with YDCT to host our first ever Holiday “Dance Dreams” workshop, in the upcoming October School Holidays to raise funds for this outreach program. Some of the best teachers and dancers in the South African dance community will be involved and you can still book a place for dancers aged 10 upwards, here:
We are also hosting a choreography competition to encourage creativity amongst our outreach students and the best 10 students will be selected to take part in this amazing workshop.
- This year we started implementing our identity curriculum that runs parallel with the dance curriculums. It has really helped us be more intentional with our time with them and to help the girls establish their identities in who God made them to be.
- This includes Term-End Events to help equip them to build better relationships with others, God and themselves so that they can face life outside the program with confidence and influence, as dancers or simply as women in our society. Doxa Deo Parkview’s Cherish Women’s Ministry has been an amazing help in making these events an incredible blessing to 80 the students in the program.
- Term 1’s focus was Belonging (Relationship with others) and ended in a fun filled games day! Many individuals and shops in our community sponsored equipment, goods and eats to make this happen. We believe it helped the students learn to cheer and support their peers instead of competing with them in class.
- Term 2’s focus was having a sense of Worth (As creatures created for Relationship with God) and would have ended with a truly special ‘High Tea’ in which Busi Roberts (an incredibly dynamic Business Woman, Founder of the Apple of His Eye/God’s Girl Ministry and Former Mrs. PTA/Tshwane 2016/17) would have inspired the students with her story to help them dream about the future. This event was also hindered by the 3rd COVID-19 wave in Gauteng, but will hopefully happen during September/October.
Should you wish to know more about the vision behind ROHO or if you would like to partner with us in this project, you can do so by clicking here: https://forms.gle/H6RrsdV6DRdBaou58
Until next time… thank you so much for taking precious time to check up on us. Being accountable to you helps us for the better in so many ways!