New academy: Haven of hope for arts industry

After training models and running Miss Zim-SA, Siphiwe Sibiya has launched Showoffs Performing Arts Centre - an arts academy which houses dance, drama, fashion modelling and music.

Director of Showoffs Performing Arts Centre, Siphiwe Sibiya.
Director of Showoffs Performing Arts Centre, Siphiwe Sibiya.

“After being in the industry and studying the challenges faced by artists who are talented but lack the basic formal education on the subject, we saw it necessary to educate people so that they cannot be exploited by industry players for lack of knowledge,” says, Sibiya the first woman in South Africa to initiate such an activity.

She believes her project will help curb continued exploitation of Zimbabweans in particular.

“Knowledge is power. As foreign nationals we are faced with a lot of challenges. It’s difficult to further our studies because of financial lack or time limitations as we are always busy trying to feed our families back home. The exorbitant cost of education makes people fail – no matter how good or talented they are,” she said.

The school is legally registered with the Department of Education and their qualifications are comparable to various international qualifications.

The learners who register for this qualification need to demonstrate an acceptable level of potential in their chosen performing arts area and must obtain 150 credits.

The structure of the syllabus has the Fundamentals, Core and the Electives of which the first two are compulsory. The school is also set to hold several media workshops across Southern Africa this year.

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