Happy Feet

Langa

This project was founded in 2007 with 8 members, who learned how to perform gumboot dance, a typical form of dancing in South Africa. In the meantime the group has got more than 40 members, besides the gumboot dances they also perform traditional dances and play soccer.

The members are boys and girls at the age between 4 and 16 years from the poorest areas of Langa.

Purpose of the project is to keep the children after school away from the streets, alcohol, drug abuse and crime.

Under the intense mentoring by Siviwe and Nathi (both local township guides) these children developed skills which give them success even outside the township. They already performed at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, at festivals and company events. Highlights of the last two years were performances within an art festival at Artscape theater, the biggest theater in Cape Town.

The children also learn to work in a team, discipline and respect for each other. Handicapped and HIV positive children are also integrated in the group and learn to accept each other and interact naturally. Besides buying equipment and food, earnings are also spent on excursions, helping to improve the group dynamics. The poorest families are getting help with clothing and school fees for their kids.