AfriKera Arts Trust (AAT) was founded in 2014 and started its activities as an independent performing Arts institution in January 2015. The institution operates from, the 2nd Floor of the Meikles Building, 91 Robert Mugabe Road, Harare, which we refer to as AfriKera Dance Theatre Hub (ADTH). Our vision is to become a centre of excellence in dance training in Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond.
Our mission is to promote dance and performing arts through various programmes, namely:
(a) AfriKera Professional Dance Training (APDT) :- A 3-year Professional Dance Training Program. It targets talented youth from the low-income households. The programme is holistic in its syllabus focusing on dance. It relies on donor funding while promoting sustainability. 90 % of the graduates are active professionals in the Arts Sector.
(b) AfriKera Dance Theatre (ADT) :- The professional arm composed of AfriKera alumni serves as a base and source of reference and referrals in order to place and promote dancers in various professional opportunities i.e. either work based or learning, residence and exchange. eg. In Collaboration with Dunia Dance Theatre: “Baobab Shadows” and “Making Men”
(c) Essence of Women Dance Ensemble is the professional arm for impact in gender equity of the professional female dancer/ performer, created to address the lack of professional black female dancers in Zimbabwe. The Mission of Essence of Women is to promote and encourage dance among women of all cultures, to provide a platform for experienced choreographers male/ female.
(d) AfriKera Collective is the choreographic arm composed of AfriKera Alumni who are keen to develop their choreographic talent, interest and expertise. As such, AfriKera Arts Trust boasts a varied ingrown repertoire in addition to creations emerging from established collaborations and workshops by visiting choreographers.
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