As a team of social entrepreneurs who want to give back to people in need we all share a common interest in music, dance, and media. Even though we all come from different nationalities and live in different countries we all share a common goal. Helping these children and giving them a chance to change their life. Therefore all of us found some time in our daily life to engage in this project.
David is one of the initiators of “DANCE for a CHANCE”, he designed the project and pulled together the team. At the moment he is operational managing the project and will be in Cape Town from January to April 2018 to support Amandla Development. Using his skills as a digital entrepreneur, he set up the website and is currently producing the documentary videos.
Besides graduation in Engineering Physics (B.Sc.) and Business Administration (M.Sc.) he has been traveling and living all around the globe working as an entrepreneur and in the modeling industry. With a focus on digital entrepreneurship, he is a real all-rounder and uses his skill set to create value on an operational and strategic level. He is passionate about purpose-driven businesses and measures success based on how much we help others.
If you have any questions regarding the project management or want to support the project in any way please feel free to contact David.
Susi studies “Dance and Social Work” in Potsdam (Berlin) while working in a school as a social worker and dance lecturer. She is the reason “DANCE for a CHANCE” started and will take the lead to create and develop social driven dance classes for the children of Philippi.
Susi works in an elementary school in Berlin, where kids from first until sixth class go to. Her tasks in this school are school-social-work, the support of lessons and leading of dance groups.
Her study course is called „Movement and Dance in Social Work”. The course is dual. That means two days of work in a self-chosen facility like a kindergarten, school or disabled accommodation, and three days university. In the end, the students gain the bachelor of arts.
The study course has two focus areas.
First one is movement and dance.
It includes modern contemporary dance, meth of new style like hip hop & breakdance dance. The students also learn games of movement, different forms of team sports, weight training and fitness, watersport, gymnastics, circus and theater and how to improvise and create choreographies.
The second focus is social work.
Students can choose between three different focuses. Youthwork, elementary work (childhood education) and curative education. They also learn education of science, psychology, sociology, politics and a general knowledge of social work. Important is the connection of work and study, what is made by reflecting work together with other students and professors. With dance it´s possible to purchase communality, tolerance and respect. Also cognitive-, emotional- and social skills are learned with movement and dance. Coordination and the senses can be trained and the personal health gets better.
And the most importantly, dance and sport is a lot of fun for everybody, it does not matter what age people have or where they come from.
Josh & Nathan Swart
Josh and Nathan Swart have supported the project since the very beginning. They helped ideological during the creation of the concept and operational with the project preparations. We are very happy to have them on board.
Co-founders of two NPO’s, ‘Hereisthelove’ (https://www.facebook.com/Hereisthelove) and ‘Get Ready’, these Social Entrepreneurs are solution focused in approaching all tasks. They are quick to stand up for righteousness and justice and do good whenever possible. Their hands-on experience and ability to identify practical solutions to social problems add value to the team.
NPO focus: Hereisthelove – targeting racial discrimination by sharing the love between all citizens and creating the platform for all to give out of love. Below’s video showcases the Hereisthelove day at Stellenbosch University in 2015. (https://youtu.be/AfbP5t–86U)
Get Ready – Focussing on grade 10’s – 12’s in getting scholars ready for life beyond high school. This ranges from getting bank accounts, income tax numbers, setting up CV’s, handling job interviews, providing (sponsored) formal attire for work, finding your passion in engagement sessions with the students, registering to get licences and even professional drivers permits, University/College application and more. Helping students find their passion and then how to monetise that passion as best in the more applicable fields.
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The story of “Dance for a Chance” starts with Roman meeting Susi and David in Berlin and connecting with their passion to use dance and movement as a platform for social impact.
Like Susi and David, Roman believes that success should not only be measured by what we have done for our own lives, but also by what we have done for the lives of others around us.
Roman is a strategy consultant with Roland Berger in Detroit, USA and has also worked for several years at Robert Bosch and Ford Motor Company in various locations around the world. Roman has an International MBA degree from IE Business School in Spain and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics engineering.
He has been involved in multiple non-profit activities in the past. In the educational space, Roman volunteered for the Detroit Public Schools’ Reading Corps program where he worked with teachers on improving the reading abilities of students from low income neighborhoods of Detroit. Roman has also volunteered for the Entrepreneurship Hatchery at the University of Toronto in Canada where he helped bring undergraduate students together to build new startup ideas. Roman has also led various other initiatives and events to promote intercultural understanding and cooperation.
In the first few weeks, Roman will support the team from behind the scenes as a consultant. He will take a sabbatical from his work and travel to Cape Town in February 2018 to join the rest of the team in executing the project.
Patrick supports “DANCE for a CHANCE” by using his filmmaking abilities. His passion for videography & video editing enables him to emphasize the meaning and emotions behind our stories.
Ever since he decided to turn his hobby into a career, he improved constantly and after a few years he was able to grow it into his self-employed full time job. He worked with clients from a high variety of different branches like sports & fitness, business events & workshops, clothing brands, magazines, tourism, weddings and musicals. His aim is always to bring value to the projects by making the videos as engaging as possible. That’s done by having a sense for capturing the right moments with a camera and creating an emotional story in the editing process.
He is excited to be a meaningful part of this unique project and wants to show what “DANCE for a CHANCE” is all about in a very consumable & modern way.
For more information visit his website http://markutfilms.com/