“If you are able to give a child the tools to communicate their stories, through a song or dance, it can help heal past trauma.”
Sakuba said he hoped to use the institute as a safe space for children, away from their daily lives.
“I wanted to bring them into the studio and expose them to a different setting, away from the streets, where they can just have fun and play.”
Transport is organised on Saturday mornings for the group, who all receive a juice and snack on arrival.
He said: “We have been trying to find a sponsor to give them a nice meal, hopefully from a stall at Hemingways where we are based.
“These kids come from the Inganathi Dance Company. Some of our current students come from them and now study with us.”
The institute also has an extensive scholarship programme for first and second year students.
“We currently have 22 students in our full programme on scholarships.