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School of Dance
Research report 2012
Director: G. M. Samuel
School Profile
Academic enquiry (analysis, documentation and
publication) and creative scholarship (choreography,
direction and performance) inform and constitute a
significant and balanced part of the diverse outputs of
our School. The participation of staff and students in a
variety of dance projects at under- and postgraduate
levels acknowledges the coordinate functions of
opportunity and responsibility that motivate all UCT
endeavour in Africa and universally. Art practice is our
business, as referenced in a democratic, multicultural,
[South] African society.
Particular awareness of the role of arts and culture in
the collective, multicultural, national psyche - eg socio-
political matters around integration – still drives many
of our community-focused collaborations.
Highlights of the year include an award for the best
international guest presentation at the International
Theatre Schools Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
and the editing and contribution of several essays
by staff and alumni in the first and acclaimed South
African post-apartheid publication of its nature. Other
highlights include performances, installations, lecture
demonstrations, publications, symposia and seminars
as well as a range of collaborative engagements
(productions and work exchanges) with the following
national and international organizations:
Aardklop Kunstefees; Africa Tikkun; African Dance
Theatre; African Theatre Association; Artscape;
Battswood Arts Centre; Baxter Theatre; The Benesh
Institute; Bishops Diocesan College; Bovim Ballet;
Cambridge Scholars Publications; Cape Academy of the
Performing Arts; Cape Celtic Dance Academy/Company;
Cape Dance Company; Cape Junior Ballet Company;
Cape Town City Ballet Company; Cape 300 Foundation;
Cape Town International Ballet Competition; Cape
Town Jewish Seniors; Caribbean Examination Council
(Jamaica); Caribbean Journal of Education. (University
of the West Indies, Jamaica); Cecchetti Society of
Southern Africa; Cedar House School; Council on Higher
Education (South Africa); Dance Factory; Dance For All;
Dance Umbrella Festival (Johannesburg); Eastern Cape
Dance Education Department; Edna Manley College
of the Visual & Performing Arts (Jamaica); Elizabeth
Ballet Academy (Penang, Malaysia); Elizabeth Sneddon
Theatre (Durban); Embo Nangoku Arts Movement;
Federal Academy of Ballet (Kuala Lumpur); Flatfoot
Dance Company; Gordon Institute for Performing and
Creative Arts; Greenapple Academy (Penang, Malaysia);
Highlands House; Historic Schools Restoration Project;
International Theatre Schools Festival Amsterdam; Irish
Dance South Africa; Ikapa Dance Theatre; International
Spanish Dance Society; Jazzart Dance Theatre; Irma
Stern Museum, UCT; Jikeleza Dance Project; Klein
Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees; KykNet, MNet; La Rosa
Estudio de Baile Español; LeftfeetFIRST Dance Theatre;
NasPers: Media 24. (Die Burger, Die Beeld); National Arts
Council; National Creative Arts Youth Festival; National
Society of Dance Teachers Association; Oude Libertas
Amphitheatre; Rhodes University Drama Department;
Royal Academy of Dance; SA College of Music; SA
Dance Journal; SA Spanish Dance Society; Spier Hotel;
Swiss Tennis Club, Cape Town; Temple University,
Philadelphia, USA; Terpsichore Ballet Academy (Penang,
Malaysia); Theatre Arts Admin Collective; Theatre Dance
Association; Tshwane Education Department; Tshwane
University of Technology; UCT Drama Department;
UCT Faculty of Health Sciences; UCT Graduate School
of Business; Underground Dance Theatre; Union of
Jewish Women (Cape Town); University of KwaZulu-
Natal; University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
USA; University of Stellenbosch Drama Department;
University of Surrey Dance, Film & Theatre Department;
University of the Witwatersrand; Vadhini Indian Arts
Academy; Western Cape Celtic Dance Association;
Western Cape Education Department; Western Province
Dance Teachers Association; Wilvan School of Dance;
Zebra Publishers; Zimbabwe National Trust.
Departmental Statistics
Permanent and Long-term Contract Staff
Associate Professors
Senior Lecturers
Administrative and Support Staff
International Exchange Program