The Dance Academy of South Africa or DASA, is an emerging South African Academy for teachers and dancers, promoting ballet as an art form and aspiring towards technical excellence.
DASA was started in 1991 by Mrs Mary-Jane Ford and grew out of a need for an association that understood and continually adapted to the unique situation in which South African teachers, students and parents find themselves. DASA studios are spread across South Africa and Namibia and both Grade and Major examinations are offered throughout the country.
DASA offers creative, challenging syllabi and affordable examinations for beginners to advanced students. The Pre- Grade examinations include syllabi for Tiny Tots (aimed at children ages 3 – 5 years) Pre-Primary and Primary which all focus on the development of creativity and expression through movement and music. The Grades 1- 5 syllabi introduce steps in a careful progression of achievable measurable goals thereby developing technical skill and mastery. The Major syllabi from Intermediate Foundation to Advanced Performance for senior students may serve as a preparation for a professional or teaching career. Medal dances — ballet, modern and national — add variety and provide opportunities for performance.
The Academy is privileged to have Ms Lorna Haupt as Chairlady, Artistic Director and Major Exam Assessor. She has been intrinsic to the growth of ballet in South Africa, having held many influential posts, including Artistic Director of both PACT Ballet (Performing Arts Council of South Africa) and the Youth Ballet. She is also the author of 'The Dance Book' which is currently used as a reference/text book at all schools and technicons where ballet is offered as a subject. Ms Haupt brings her considerable experience and love of the art to DASA. She has choreographed the beautiful and challenging Major syllabi, helped reorganised the Grade syllabi and she continues to instruct and inspire.
DASA is committed to achieving excellence in dance, especially ballet, as an art form through:
- aspiring to world class standards
- continual training and development of teachers and students
- optimising the development of the whole child
- a compassionate and caring approach
The Directors, Examiners and members of DASA aim to make dancing a happy experience for all involved – the teachers, students and the parents.
If you are not yet a member of the Dance Academy of South Africa, contact us to experience this unique ‘family’.
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