Those living in developing communities are vulnerable to cultural conflict, sexual exploitation, HIV, mental illness, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. If these problems are neglected the potential of these young people can deteriorate, creating more serious long-term problems such as criminal activity, chronic illness, violence, homelessness and welfare dependency.
Our social purpose is to engage vulnerable and at-risk young people through dance and create a generation of young people who believe a brighter future is possible. Dance workshops are coupled with structured life skills and mentoring workshops, ensuring that youth are equipped with knowledge and skills to lead and promote a healthy lifestyle and create positive change within their local communities.
Mayibuye Performance Troupes
Youth from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 12-25 participate in 2 hours workshops each week in their local area. Participants connect through dance classes and our life skills curriculum which develops leadership, cultural competencies, problem solving and creative thinking. The groups have performance opportunities, and participate in our annual conferences and holiday programs.
International Volunteering Tours
Our international volunteering tours allow people to visit our projects whilst also learning about a new culture and way of life. Participants work with our local troupes and enjoy traditional homestays, local cuisines and township tours. They also participate in community outreach activities and visit other not for profits organisations whilst also experiencing tourist landmarks, activities and events.
Certificate III in Community Dance
In 2013, we created a Certificate III in Community Dance which was launched in 2014 under the auspice of Melbourne Polytechnic. The 1 year full-time course is designed to prepare students with the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and real experience needed to work within the community arts sector.
Mayibuye Schools Initiative
Programs for disadvantaged schools that are unable to offer artistic or performing arts classes. Art and dance classes develop creativity, problem solving, co- operation, physical and mental health, self-expression and initiative. Students participate in classes on a weekly basis.
Stand Centre Front – Young Performers Conference
A 2 day ‘Young Performers Conference’ which brings youth together to learn, be inspired and share their passions. Participants network with artists and community leaders, and learn new performance skills from industry professionals.
Tough Chicks Confi’dance Program
A self-defence and hip hop dance program designed to educate young women about safety at home, online and on the streets. The program also features an inspiring panel discussion with prominent women and community role models.
A day of workshops for schools designed to build awareness and understanding among youth. Our interactive workshops focus on 3 topics: gender, multiculturalism and disability. Workshops are fun, interactive and include elements of theatre and dance.
Care Two Dance
Care Two Dance is a new social enterprise dance school set to launch in 2017.
Care Two Dance will directly fund Cultural Infusion’s outreach programs “Mayibuye Performance Troupes” which use performing arts to empower vulnerable young people in Australia, South Africa, Cambodia, India, Egypt and Brazil.
This is done by introducing a one for one model. When you do a dance class at Care Two Dance you will also be providing a dance class to a young person in need.