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DANCE4LIFE (article first published : 2006-12-2)

In November, top local artists rocked the stage for over 3,000 KZN youth who danced as a symbol of their unity against AIDS at the Dance4Life concert. The South African event was held at the Durban Exhibition Centre which featured well-known local artists including Goldfish, DJ Black Coffee, Black Noise; Carla Diamond; DJ Elvis; The Fataars and newcomer, Shomon.

Dance4Life is an expanding international movement that aims to actively involve young people in the battle against HIV/AIDS in a way that is appealing to them. Dance4Life’s clear aim is to reach out and mobilise society through the youth by enhancing their life skills tools and facilitating their active participation in the fight against HIV and AIDS using school programmes and interactive life skills training. Dance4Life SA is the youth component of the World AIDS Campaign.

A total of eleven countries and 40,000 young people took part in the event. The students danced for four hours of which 15 minutes was linked via satellite to their counterparts in seven Dance4Life countries world-wide.

By World AIDS Day 2012, Dance4Life aims to be represented in 25 countries and 50 cities worldwide, with a total of one million young people as ‘agents of change’.

Currently, the Dance4Life programme has been implemented in five schools in the Western Cape and eleven schools in KwaZulu Natal. In KZN, over 3,000 school children are benefiting from these workshops which have been executed in schools that have been exposed to life skills projects before in areas such as Ndwedwe, Inanda, KwaMashu, Umlazi, Bluff, Greyville and Newlands West. A total of approximately 100,000 young people took part in the global Schools Projects during 2006.

According to Wayne Alexander, chairman of Dance4Life SA, “The Board of Directors see this concert as a wonderful opportunity to generate awareness around the Dance4Life concept, which aims to contribute to a reduction in the prevalence and incidence of HIV in young South Africans aged between 13 and 19, through education, increased awareness and the empowerment of youth.”

For more information on this international programme visit www.dance4life.com




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