MID is a trailblazing, internationally acclaimed, professional dance company, as well as accredited training organisation which has produced a multitude of award-winning and productive dancers, choreographers, arts administrators and teachers throughout South Africa and internationally. Since its inception, MID has had a major impact on socio-cultural transformation as well as the economic empowerment of South African youth.
We continue to hold fast to the original ethos of Founder, Sylvia ‘Magogo’ Glasser who was knighted for her tireless work in the arts, by King Willem-Alexander of Holland. Dame Sylvia started her life’s work training youth from disadvantaged communities and equipping them with skills which could be used to overcome their socio-economic circumstances. Having begun in 1978 at the height of apartheid, as one of few mixed-race dance groups, by Dame Sylvia in her garage, Moving into Dance has developed into one of South Africa’s premier professional, full-time, Contemporary African dance company and has performed to enthusiastic audiences throughout Africa, Malaysia, Europe, South America, the USA and Canada.
Impacting change since 1978 and continuing to do so is a huge feat in an industry that is under-resourced, under-funded and whose impact is constantly bombarded by questions of economic viability.
As well as the full-time professional dance company, MID has a full-time one-year fully accredited Performing Arts Training Course, a Trainee/Apprentice Programme, an extensive Outreach Programme that extends into under-resourced areas throughout South Africa, and recreational dance classes for the general public.
MID’s motto ‘Nyakaze o Fetohe – Making a Difference Through Dance’ – embodies its underlying philosophy and practice of transforming lives, one student, one dancer, one family, and one community at a time.