Our strongest dance style as a school, if it’s Popping, Locking, or old school Hip Hop, you will learn it here!
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The Dance Project is a dance school based in Cape Town, we currently have two campuses, in Plumstead and Diep River, you can read more about where to find us here. We offer a variety of dance styles with classes that will cater for beginners all the way to experienced dancers. You can view our class times here. We would love to have you dance with us, so sign up today!
Co-Founder & Director
Trish has her Advanced Teacher’s in Tap and Modern Dance and received her Teacher’s Dance Diploma (majoring in Ballet) from UCT. She has run a studio for 26 years, working in Cafda for 13 years, teaching Dance as a Matric subject for 11 years, adjudicating numerous Festivals and Dance Competitions and has taken three Dance Tours overseas.
She was part of the SGB that devised the Tertiary education Unit Standards and is an author of six current Arts and Culture textbooks. She has lectured at the UCT Education Department for the last 7 years.
She choreographed, trained and ran a rotating team of dancers performing in Woza Cape Town over a 5 year period, has choreographed outside professional shows, producing shows for Grahamstown Festival, Artscape and the Baxter amongst others.
Trish’s passion is about developing performance skills along with technical skills and so prepares dancers for multiple experiences: exams, Eisteddfods, stage shows, functions, corporate events. She believes any dancer with aptitude and talent needs to be expanded beyond a technical studio experience.
Mercia has a unique association with the Dance Project and has taught there from the day it started. She was a student under Trish in her youth and as a dancer always stood out in any performance – and in any style. She got married, left Cape Town and returned to assist when Cape Town called. She brings a sense of determination and vigor to all she teaches, and understands the level of commitment it takes to develop dynamic performance with strength and stamina.
It is these aspects that she demands of herself and from the students and gets them to push themselves to levels that they never imagined. Besides being a mother of three and running a full-time job, Mercia brings an important energy to Dance and trains dancers in, the required discipline – both mentally and physically.
Her amazing three children have inherited their mother’s genes and have talent and passion for dance and are all part of our successful team. She teaches and choreographs for all ages as well as producing shows alongside Trish and Cleo.
She was also a leading part of the cast of the award winning show-Woza Cape Town- which ran in Cape Town from 2005 till 2011 and brought a wealth of experience and focus to the whole team bringing and training dancers in the art of working an audience, another totally essential and invaluable skill.
Cleo started her dancing career at three. She has trained in Modern Jazz and Tap with Hip Hop and Musical Theatre being two of her strongest styles. She has performed in multiple shows, was part of the cast of the award winning Cape Town show-Woza Cape Town- from 2005 to 2011 and is a resident dancer / choreographer at Ratanga Junction. She currently teaches and choreographs for The Dance Project and dances professionally and choreographs both in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Cleo has trained in New York at The Broadway Dance Centre (she was awarded Top Student) where she was asked to run Kwaito classes for the students. She was one of the top 16 dancers for the South Africa’s second season So You Think You Can Dance.
She has spent time specializing in and focusing on Hip Hop. She has been involved with Cape Town’s Most Wanted since its inception and produced the show at Artscape in 2014. She also runs her own company, Triple C, which aims to connect, create and collaborate with the wider dance community both in South Africa and abroad. She brought USA’s Brian Green out to South Africa to run workshops and come to absorb and experience some of the various styles of South Africa’s own specific street culture.
Jason started his dancing career in the back of the classes at TDP. It became clear to the team that he had natural skills and an amazing natural talent for dance. He became more and more a part of the dance team and has evolved a stage presence that is at ease with itself and yet can fill a stage at a moment’s notice. He understands how to bring nuance to dance and within one dance can transform movement from high energy to deep sensitivity.
He is currently a student teacher at the project. He has a wonderful, warm, caring teaching style enabling him to reach out to and identify with all learners at various levels. He helped lead and danced with, an all-boy crew, called Twisted, who developed their own Hip Hop style and had a popular following. Within Hip Hop he is particularly skilled in popping and locking but clearly his skills are not limited to Hip Hop alone, and subsequently he has gone from strength to strength – and is currently part of the bridging programme at Dance For All.