The Dance Factory, located in Newtown, Johannesburg, was set up to train dancers, stage performances and cultivate a dance culture in Gauteng province.
The performing arts are well rooted in Gauteng, with many musicals and dramas having been staged in front of bumper audiences. While theatre performances have been known to draw large crowds, choreographed dance culture has a smaller but loyal following and an annual dance programme, The Dance Umbrella, that takes place in the first quarter of the year.
Workshops, classes and performances
The Dance Factory offers dance classes, workshops and performances. The classes and workshops primarily target historically disadvantaged communities.
The Dance Factory works with children up to the age of 17. At the beginning of every year dancers are taken through classes in contemporary dance and classical ballet under the tutelage of professional dance instructors, who have strong ties to the local and international dance scene. The dancers are exposed to a range of professional choreographers, dancers and performances, and have the chance to participate in performances alongside some of the world’s renowned dancers.
The Dance Factory serves as a performance venue, and can also be hired out for special events, workshops, rehearsals and performances.