Dancer David Tamaki teaching in South Africa

By news on Friday, July 01 2011

Sitting on the sidelines is not for NJ Ballet principal David Tamaki. David injured his knee in 2009, putting a temporary halt to his performing career. As he began the long, slow road to recovery, he decided to use the time to go to college. With a generous grant from Career Transition for Dancers, he enrolled in the LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) program at Saint Mary’s College of California, which offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in 3 to 4 years of part time study.

Now, he has been selected as one of six students to participate in the highly competitive Dance South Africa, which is sending LEAP students to work with young at-risk dancers in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa this summer.

“Being part of the LEAP program is a remarkable experience and has enhanced my knowledge immensely,” observes Tamaki. “I am looking forward to traveling to South Africa and working one on one with aspiring young dancers there.”

During the two-week Dance South Africa cultural exchange, David will teach ballet technique and partnering, and will choreograph a piece for his students to perform at the end of the program.

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