THE CyfaDance community development project, which was started in 2008 by local dancer and model Benjamin Rexana, has been helping young children in and around East London through dance.
Catering to more than 25 children, the project is centred around Mdantsane and Parkside, where Rexana teaches dance classes daily.
“I wanted to make a difference in my community and help the youth. I teach them dance to keep them off the streets and keep them from going into a life of drugs and crime,” Rexana said.
The group recently competed in the PnA Ultimate Performer, and wowed audience members and judges with their impressive hip hop routines and break dancing stunts.
While Rexana is the main instructor, he welcomes and invites other dance teachers to help him teach the children various styles and skills.
“My main challenge is equipment. I do not have everything I need for dance classes and sometimes we do not even have a hall to practise in.”
“CyfaDance is looking for sponsors or anyone who is willing to assist us.”
Rexana was also recently invited to perform at the ARTS International Showcase in the US in July.
The showcase offers talented performers from all over the world an opportunity to perform in front of an international panel of agents, casting directors, record labels, managers and producers in the hope of being recognised and signed.
Rexana is tasked with having to get himself to America and needs financial support to cover his visa, travel, accommodation and meal costs for the trip.
“It would mean the world to me to be able to attend this showcase. I want to show my dancers that you can reach your dreams.”
“It would be an honour to represent South Africa and I would love to learn as much as possible in America so I can help my dancers improve their skills.”
For more information on CyfaDance please visit the Facebook page, CyfaDance Community Development. If anyone would like to assist, contact Rexana on 084-336-3348.