The “Hands Up” Project:   Skills Retention; Community Development & Mentorship Programme” Showcase

Directed by Anusia Govender-Pillay of Anavarata Dance Institute.

There is great concern around the issue of a dirth in development of young untapped talent in our country.  The end result of Projects of this nature should be the recognition; advancement of talent via training; and an ability to utilize those skills to train and upskill others with the same lack of resource and recognition in the Creative Sector.  Dance and Dance Theatre is our sphere of expertise.  The premise is that without roots, one cannot develop wings, therefore the various Heritage and cultures of the people of South Africa’s Rainbow Nation- as we have also picked up trends of the Youth shying away from their heritage toward more Euro-centric and “Americanised” culture – a sense of Identity is vital to a healthy society.

As part of our 55th Anniversary, we are offering skilled, semi-skilled and totally untrained artistes an opportunity to learn, grow and develop into marketable members of the South African Arts & Culture Sphere.  The training of unemployed and semi- skilled artistes takes the form of advanced/ master classes and a short cut to success. The training is free to all participants.

The trainees/interns in this programme will in turn be teaching the children and Youth in these earmarked previously disadvantaged areas to connect to the joy, healing and freedom of Dance and Dance theatre. Each participant becomes an active agent of change; transformation and Social Cohesion- an Ambassador of Peace and Nation- Building.


We are grateful to:  Our Sponsors:

  • Gauteng Province: Sports, Arts Culture and Recreation-
  • Roodepoort Theatre
  • National Arts Council
  • Odia Samaj



Anavarata Dance Institute, 55 years old, and the oldest Indian Dance based organisation- in Africa, has progressed over the years to become one of the leading and most sought after dance authorities. They have attained UNESCO International Dance Council (CID) membership.

The legacy that began in 1959 as the Nydoo Sisters’ School of Dance, has taken a glorious journey which culminated  in 1993 as Anavarata- a fully-fledge multicultural and Intercultural speciality institute that sets standards in the world of Dance Theatre.

The troupe has performed for Royalty and Heads of State- President Mandela (1994); Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (1999); Presidential Inauguration: Jacob Zuma, 9 May 2009; and Winners of Awards from Consulate-General of India (1998); and the World Hindi Conference in Sandton, and 100 years of Bollywood in SA in 2012.  They also collaborated with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Durban on a tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal; Eastern Cape; Lesotho and Gauteng in 2013.

The purpose of founding this organisation is to heal the hurts of our country’s PAST through the medium of arts & culture.  It utilises the strengths of the Community to build on, rather than its weaknesses. Promoting Unity in Diversity, emphasizing a strong sense of Nation- building in previously disadvantaged communities where, the Institute provides free training & skills development in Dance and Dance theatre performances.

Date: Monday 27 February 2017

Time: 6:30 pm for 07:00pm

Venue : Main theatre

Entrance to this event is by invitation only.

Please RSVP to Anusia Govender- Pillay (20 – 25 Feb 2017)

0845105148 or

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