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16 One of South Africaspremier professional full-time contemporary African companies with its footprint and feet treading both South African and international stages MIDM has existed for almost four decades. Under the leadership of current CEO Nadia Virasamy the company continues to live founder Sylia Magogo Glassers original ethos to train youth from disadvantaged communities and equip them with skills to overcome their socio- economic circumstances. MIDM presents thought-provoking innovative yet accessible work characterised by sheer physical beauty and spiritual expressiveness. Through MIDMs Performing Arts Training Course PATC passionate people between 18 and 30 years old from some of South Africas most poverty stricken areas are identified and then selected to take part in the South African Qualification Authority Accredited Training Course. These students are not only housed fed clothed and trained in dance and movement but are also educated in business communication skills computer training career development skills in related environments research ability and dance facilitation and choreography. Mark Hawkins who was appointed Artistic Director earlier this year says he looks forward to focusing the artistic direction of MIDM looking after its historic repertoire and identifying new opportunities for growth and performance. I have had an intermittent relationship with MIDM and truly enjoyed the experience and the company during those times he says. Knowing he had huge shoes to fill Mark felt MIDM needed an injection of new life. Even though its original mission had to be preserved a shift to a new era was needed to keep up with plateaux in flux Especially says Mark when it comes to our youth who lets face it are our future and audience. Mark admits he doesnt have all the answers but with the team can identify the bright spots and NYAKAZE O FETOHEON THE MOVE WITH MOVING INTO DANCE MOPHATONG MIDM Saskia Goldberg continued Opposite CMIDM presents thought-provoking innovative work Photos Supplied