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EMSD opened its doors in 1984, as a little studio in the village of Irene (Centurion- Pretoria). Its director Eunice Marais, had just completed her modern dance teachers diploma and had qualified as a school teacher in the same year. For the first 20 years, the dancing school offered modern and jazz only, and in 2004 Eunice decided to explore the “world of Hip Hop” . EMSD dancers started competing in the World Championships (hosted by the International dance organisation- IDO) in 2005 and during the next 10 years achieved hip hop world champions in the solo, duo, small group, formation and production sections. The only studio in South Africa (and probably Africa) to have achieved this.
In 2004 Eunice won a National teachers award, which led to her going to Mali in West Africa with a group of students- her love of African history & her passion for dance saw the birth of a cultural exchange programme between EMSD, Irene Primary School & schools in Timbuktu & Bamako.
After serving as a school teacher for 30 years at Irene Primary, 7 of which she was the deputy principal, Eunice decided to take early retirement and focus all her attention on the upliftment and training of dancers.
Over the years EMSD has added acrobatics, Showdance, Jazz, and contemporary styles to our programme. We rely on the talents of our amazing local and international choreographers to ensure that we have the best possible choreography for our various events and competitions.
EMSD offers a teacher training programme (through our affiliation to the South African Body of Dance). By the time dancers reach their final year of schooling – and having completed all their exams- they are able to offer tuition as qualified teachers.
The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is the only organisation of its kind in Africa. It was originally founded in 1979 in Australia, when Helen O’Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, hired a hall and commenced affordable after school drama classes for young people from 5-18 years of age.
Her aims provide a self-development drama programme encouraging:
- Enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life
- Ongoing confidence
- Self esteem
- Skill in verbal communication
- Effective social interaction
- Performance skills
Her legacy continues and the Helen O’Grady Drama System has now become the largest worldwide drama school of its kind. With an extensive curriculum, dynamic teachers and easily accessible venues, this is a truly community-based organisation, with a strong emphasis on the care of all its students.
Each Academy has a Principal responsible for the overall development, making sure that a high calibre of teachers and tuition is maintained. The Principal attends the studios regularly and works alongside the students and teachers.
Students attend fast moving classes for one hour a week, according to their specific age-group. Parents Days and an annual Production allow parents and guardians to see first-hand the progress of the students.
Cell: 082 909 1630
Welcome, and thank you for choosing to visit our website over the thousands of websites that are available worldwide. Chances are that if you are here then you are in some way interested in the World Wide Scout Movement. Perhaps you know something about Scouting, perhaps you don’t. Either way you will leave this site knowing more about Scouting than you ever did! This website in particular is devoted to the best Scout Group in the world, 9th Pretoria (Irene) Air Scouts. As the name suggests we are the 9th Group to open in Pretoria (Opened in 1921) and we are situated in the Irene suburb. More importantly we are Air Scouts. If you are wondering what Air Scouts are then explore our site and look at some of the things we get up to.
The Scout Movement is not just another youth club or youth organisation. It is a way of life and a head start for young adults heading out into the big bad world. Scouting aims to grow those who pass through it’s doors mentally, physically and spiritually using a programme that has been perfected over 100 years. The programme is as effective today as it was in 1907 when Scouting started.
Part of the Football Association of Pretoria
We promote, advance, encourage, assist and protect the interest of the game of Football in the Pretoria.
We promote and encourage the formation and development of clubs and other sub-associations.
We implement new laws as set out by FIFA .
We formulate, control, add to and amend the conditions under which the association competitions are conducted.
We encourage and assist the spreading of literature and information by every means we can, and to originate and maintain every reasonable means of publicity which may further the aims of the association.
Name: Kyle Knight
Cell: 073 171 5216
Name: Miguel Taylor
Cell: 082 492 0709