Teaching ballet in Kenya
Former Faculty of Education student, Amy Shelton, gives a fascinating insight into her personal experiences of teaching ballet to children in Kenya in this month’s edition of Dancing Times.
During her time in Kenya, Amy taught alongside her student, Mike Wamaya (a local Kenyan dancer employed by Anno’s Africa) and was able to witness first-hand the benefits of dance education in the slums of Kibera. In her account, Amy explains “Despite the surroundings, I have never seen such happy and enthusiastic students. I was amazed to see that Mike’s 40 or so students already knew the new RAD Grade 1 syllabus settings – I hadn’t even attended a teacher’s course at that point! A real demonstration of the RAD reaching all corners of the globe.”
Amy also collaborated on a photographic series by Joe Kiragu of Shutterville Studios, which aimed to portray the social inequalities of the African slums in a different way and question the viability of international aid.
For the full story, see Talking Point in the October issue of Dancing Times.