2014 is probably best described as a year of red tape as far as the trust is concerned. In short the registration of the trust as a tax exempt Public Benefit Organisation has involved numerous toing and froing, dotting seemingly never ending i’s and crossing too many t’s. Nonetheless the trust is registered and has the credentials to legitimately raise funds. Donations to a Public Benefit Organisation can be claimed as a tax deduction.
One of the highlights of the year has been the arrival of Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, our first patron who has not only made a generous donation to the trust but has energetically networked on the trust’s behalf with organisations like the Martha Graham academy.
We have a long way to go but have a plan and good start. Our target is to send our first beneficiary off on their training year in the last quarter of 2015. The next few months will mark the start of shortlisting suitable candidates from Cape Town and, possibly Johannesburg. This will culminate in a six week intensive programme where 15-20 (check numbers?) young dancers will work with teachers from various dance disciplines and receive life skills coaching. One dancer will be chosen from this group to spend a year in training. This will happen in parallel with a intensified fund raising campaign, approaching corporates and more individuals for support.
The Martha Graham academy has offered a 50% scholarship as one of the possible centres of excellence that a beneficiary of the trust would spend a year training with. We are in the process of approaching a number of other institutions including Canadian National Ballet Company, Kibbutz Dance Company, P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium). While these exciting possibilities are developing we are also looking closer to home. We will be in discussion with CAPA a highly respected Cape Town based institution.
In the background, Adele Natalie and Neli have continued to work with communities and organisations in Cape Town and Johannesburg, teaching and choreographing. This is a vital ongoing role that serves as a foundation for launching our potential future stars on their year of training.
We are involved with the following:
- Zip Zap Circus,
- Maison de la Danse, Soweto
- The Platform (JHB)
- Zama Dance
- Touws Ranten Community (Wilderness)
- Open Classes at Hot Dog Yoga Sea Point
These are all projects incorporating dance and working with groups and individuals who are unable to afford dance training. Some of the people involved have the potential to be candidates for The Trust’s programme.
Broad milestones for 2015 include:
- Secure funding: major drive – Q1 2015
- Invite applicants to apply for the programme: April
- Select shortlist of applicants and finalise dates for intensive six week programme: end May (subject to funding)
- Launch fund raising exhibition where original art from some of SA’s best dance photographers auction will be auctioned.
So that’s us in a nutshell. All your support is most welcome. The web site has banking details for donations and will have a paypal link shortly. Remember if you donate over R150 you get a DVD of the Blank Page tribute show. If any of you know of people or companies interested in getting involved in supporting the trust please let us know.
Adele, Natalie, Neli, Rob