International star returns home to give back to his community

INTERNATIONAL star Sonwa Sakuba (27) has returned to his home soil to give back to his community after his success in the theatres of New York theatres.

The 27-year-old Sakuba said after receiving aid from sponsors in from New York and all over the world he has started the his project, Sonwa Sakuba Performing Arts  Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is aimed at creating sustainable platforms within the arts for the youth and artists from all communities.

GIVING BACK: Sonwa Sakuba has opened his own Foundation to encourage the development of theatre and dance
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“It is exciting because I can now give back to the community that gave so much to me. I am opening up my a dance school offering after-school dance training classes for students in Bballet, Mmodern, Ttap, the Graham technique and the Horton technique.” I have started this and have been so fortunate to be receiving funding from generous sponsors from New York City and all over world,” he said.

He added that tThe classes will be taking place in Cambridge, Selborne, Southernwood and Mdantsane.

The old Selbornian, who hails from Cambridge, said he had has always loved the performing arts.

“Throughout my my time at whilst I was in school career, I developed a great hunger and passion for the arts and the stage. It was during this time that and I honed my skills and trained in music, drama and dance. classes. My passion grew to the point where I was actually at a point found myself enrolled at all the major dance studios in East London, doing all disciplines, such as genres like Bballet, Mmodern, Ttap and Hhip-hop.” said Sakuba.

He said that after passing his Matric at After matriculating from Selborne College, he furthered his studies and enrolled at the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town.

Some of the shows platforms in which Sakuba has he as performed, include: Hairspray, African Footprint (international tour), A Chorus Line, Signal High (SABC2 Season 1 and 2), Joseph (Nnational and & Iinternational Ttour), the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, a British Airways Ccommercial, the American series True Blood (as season 1 choreographer), West Side Story, and Footloose.

He has also featured in a British Airways Ccommercial.

In 2015, Sakuba said he in 2015 he enrolled at the world-famous Broadway Dance Centre as part of their International Student Visa Programme (ISVP). in New York.  City.

“During my time While there, I trained and performed with some of the greatest dancers and teachers, such as Rachelle Rak, Yanis Marshall, Lane Napper, Danielle Polanco, South African Broadway legend Amra Faye Wright and many more.

“It was during this time that I was also  awarded a full scholarship and school intern position at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.” Being in the performing arts hub of the world gave me an opportunity to immerse myself into so many exciting projects and opportunities,” he said.

After returning to South Africacoming back in April, Sakuba said he is set on his goal of reaching out and playing a role in grooming East London talent.

“The Sonwa Sakuba Performing Arts Foundation will provide provide and create sustainable platforms within the arts for the youth and artists from all communities with world-class skills such as training and mentoring, an emphasis on the creation of original works and techniques, and a creative and open performance environment with artistic and individual expression on the forefront for the development of arts and culture at all levels and ages,” he said.

People interested in signing up to join, can send an e-mail to  sonwasakuba@gmail.com  and they will be kept up to date with all for information regarding classes, registration and the rates per class.

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