Pantsula with Thuba Ndibali

About

Pantsula is a distinctive dance style that emerged during Apartheid in South Africa. This energetic and spontaneous dance expressions of black townships continue to amaze and inspire young people across the world. Zimbabwe-born dance artist Thubalethu Ndibali is an experienced Pantsula teacher who introduced this dance form to Shaun Parker & Company.

In these one-hour weekly workshops, participants will gain important knowledge about the cultural context of Pantsula.

Rooted in a spirit of empowerment and freedom, learning Pantsula will help to build the participant’s self-confidence. Through the learning of energetic, technical footwork, participants will benefit from a great physical and mental workout. In the intermediate level group, participants will develop their ability to retain choreography. The open class will open an opportunity for all dance lovers to gain a cultural understand of Pantsula dance while learning the movements and techniques. Thuba will also bring in hip-hop street flavour to “mix-up” the dance routines to ensure every class will be unique and fresh.

Participants can attend IN PERSON (limited places) at The Seymour Centre (enter via Stage Door) or ONLINE. Zoom links will be provided at least 24 hours prior to each session.

Book for the week or attend single sessions.

ABOUT THUBALETHU NDIBALI

Thuba Ndibali is a dancer and dance teacher. He grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He was heavily influenced by the street corner dancers commonly known as Pantsula in Southern parts of Africa. With Pantsula being his signature style, when Thuba arrived in Australia in 2008, he was exposed to other styles such as popping, ticking, bonebreaking which were quite identical to Pansula. In 2010, he was recruited into the Boys Hip Hop in the Schools Spectacular. His passion for dance grew as he began participating in dance battles across Sydney and being actively involved in the street dance community. He then began formal training in 2013 in styles such as Contemporary, Latin American, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop for 3 intensive years to earn a Bachelor degree in Dance (2016). He has since appeared in commercials for Nike, Fitbit and teaches Pansula at YourHipHop Class. Thuba has also performed in Shaun Parker & Company’s TUT, the Jeans for Jeans campaign for curing childhood disease, was a workshop leader for BIGDANCE 2018, and a development dancer and understudy for KING. In 2018, Thuba was a featured dancer for Madiba the Musical which toured across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, Thuba was featured in the South African City Press as a forefront choreographer in a new Pantsula move called “Pouncing cat”.

SYDNEY MOVES is supported by the City of Sydney.

Dates/Times

Every Tuesday afternoon during Term 3 from 13 October to 15 December 2020

GROUP 1: BEGINNER LEVEL, 4:00pm-5:00pm, ages 8-12 years
GROUP 2: INTERMEDIATE LEVEL, 5:30pm-6:30pm, ages 13-18 years
GROUP 3: OPEN CLASS, 7:00pm-8:00pm, open for all ages

Cost

10 Sessions Full Price: $100 /Concession: $90
Single Sessions Full Price $12 /Concession $10

Prices include booking fees.
Apply your Creative Kids voucher to participate for FREE.
Learn more about the NSW Government’s Creative Kids program
www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher

Parents/Guardians

Shaun Parker & Company will adhere to all social distancing requirements, as recommended by the NSW Government, at all times.

FAQs

What program is being used for the online workshop?

Shaun Parker & Company is using Zoom to conduct the workshops. You can download this app for free by going to https://zoom.us/download

What do I need to set up for each online workshop?

The workshops will require a clear space of approximately 1.5m x 1.5m. Any surface is ok. We recommend that participants wear exercise clothing that is easy to move in. Please have a bottle of water and a sweat towel handy.

My child is under 18 years of age. Do I need to supervise them during the workshop?

Our experienced, professional artist will lead each session online. They have a NSW Government Working with Children Check, as does Shaun Parker & Company. You will be required to complete and return a Parent/Guardian Permission Form here, upon booking your child to participate.

How can I contact the organiser if I have a question about these workshops?

Shaun Parker & Company staff are currently working from home. Please contact us by email: projects@shaunparkercompany.com

Can the participants ask the Workshop Leader questions during the workshop?

When using Zoom, you can click on the Chat icon on the bottom of the screen. Questions for the Workshop Leader should be typed in to Chat and they will respond when they can, primarily during breaks. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of each workshop.

Is it ok if the name on our Zoom account doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. We do recommend that the person participating is on the Zoom account, so that our Workshop Leader can identify them by their initials during the workshop if required. However, it is not essential.

How are the workshops structured?

The Workshop Leader will introduce each workshop, providing instruction and ensuring that you have safe space to dance in. They will then lead a warm-up before leading the participants in a fun and active dance workshop during. There will be short breaks throughout each session. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of each workshop where people can ask more questions.

Contact Details

admin@shaunparkercompany.com
+61 2 9351 1941
C/O Seymour Centre, PO Box 553 Broadway NSW 2007
ABN 40 146 251 989

Shaun Parker & Company acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders, past and present.

Shaun Parker & Company prides itself on celebrating diversity, regardless of race, religious affiliation, gender identification or sexual orientation.