JENNIFER VAN PAPENDORP
My interests lie in contributing to youth development through the arts in South Africa especially in the poorest communities-at-risk. There is so much untapped talent amongst the youth.
Jennifer is a dance educationist, lecturer, curriculum planner, writer and arts administrator. She qualified initially as a primary school teacher, specialising in oral communication and drama before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance at Emerson College in Boston USA. This was followed by a Bachelor of Education and then a Masters in Education Administration, Planning and Social Policy at UCT.
After a long career as a dancer, teacher and lecturer, she served for 17 years at the Western Cape Education Department as Deputy Chief Education Senior Curriculum Planner for Dance, Arts and Culture. She also served as Internal Moderator for Dance Studies for the National Department of Basic Education and was a member of the National Department of Basic Education Curriculum Task Team responsible for writing the dance curriculum for Grades 0 – 12.
As Chair of the SAQA’s Standards Generating Body for Dance, she led the accreditation of 28 unit standards for Dance Teaching Qualifications. As a qualified assessor and moderator Jennifer is well equipped to ensure quality education, training and performance programmes. She has also written and published a number of textbooks on dance. Throughout her career Jennifer has won a number of awards including, in 2016, the Western Cape Ministerial Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Culture’.
AREAS WE WORK IN:
Art Culture and Music
Enduring unemployment and poverty in South Africa means that 4 million previously disadvantaged youth have no prospects after school. Millions of ‘freedom’ generation kids grow up under worse material conditions than their parents did during the Apartheid era. The amount of talent and creativity in South African schools is astonishing. Liberating that talent is the aim of the Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy. A vital component of our trainees’ education is to rekindle hope, and provide dignity and life skills to young people.
The Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy provides a three year post-school professional training programme for dance and integrated arts, including music, drama, and visual arts. Each student is empowered to become a creative collaborator in their own productive future.
With a bourgeoning youth population, unable to develop artistically through lack of access to higher education, and out of nothing but pure passion to make a difference, Indoni’s young dance group has grown to 30 full time students all training at the Indoni Dance, Arts & Leadership Academy, now a registered Not-for-Profit (NPO) organisation.
Trainees have already wowed audiences with their performances around Cape Town, and especially at Artscape and Jazzart, where the Academy has established a firm reputation for delivering top quality dance performances. Indoni trainees have also travelled as far afield as Australia, in 2016, where they performed to sell-out audiences at the Africa Festival in Sydney and Perth.