Moving into Dance

The Moving into Dancce Mophatong (MIDM) was established in 1978 by "Magogo" Glasser as a form of cultural resistance to apartheid. It has developed into the foremost professional dance and training institution in South Africa.

"Under apartheid, we set out to use dance as a form of resistance. We were a non-racial dance company at a time when life was completed segregated. MID gave young black South Africans access to high quality training in a nurturing environment as preparation for careers in the dance and entertainment industry." Sylvia Glasser, founder of MIDM, 2008

MIDM's signature Afrofusion style - a blending of African ritual, music and dance with Western contemporary dance forms - reflected the company's commitment to integration. This dynamic style has become a leading force in South Africa's dance world.

Rehearsals initially took place in Glasser’s garage in northern Johannesburg. In 1987, the company moved to the Braamfontein Recreation Centre, the only multiracial recreational centre at the time. The same year, Glasser established the "Edudance" programme, which uses dance to teach school subjects and life skills. The organisation grew from a part-time multiracial group into a contemporary African dance company. In 1992, it began a full-time community dance teachers training course. MIDM has taught and mentored several young dancers and choreographers who have moved on to become internationally acclaimed performers.

"Finding Sylvia changed my life. I felt so liberated because at the time she was the only director courageous enough to have both black and white dancers in her company. The spirit of my family and ancestors, along with Sylvia, inform everything I do." Vincent Mantsoe, dancer, 2005

MIDM has been praised locally and internationally for its artistry, vitality and choreographic innovation. The company continues its work with under-resourced and less privileged communities.

In 2009, MIDM moved into this new state-of-the-art building designed by acclaimed South African architect Phil Mashabane and commissioned by the JDA. I tfeatures three new studios with sprung dance floors, mirrors and abundant natural light.
 

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