The Amaphiko Township Dance Project provides formal, modern dance training to 200 local township girls and boys. Amaphiko was initiated in 1993 by the 2008 Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year, Janet Buckland, (http://www.womenoftheyear.co.za/pages/79568134/2011/HallOfFame/2008-Janet-Buckland.asp).
Amaphiko provides an ongoing, empowering, disciplined and exciting creative and physical outlet for children, mostly girls, in vulnerable circumstances. All dancers are prepared and entered in the annual International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA), exams in November. The school regularly achieves 100% pass rates and some dancers have proceeded to university education in the disciplines of arts and science, as a direct result of the Whole Child Development programme which has been able to offer dance as a National Senior Certificate subject in school, alongside providing senior dancers teaching and learning assistance with maths and English.
The Amaphiko Township Dancers have a strong performance focus, and the dancers are frequently invited to perform for events. Most notably they performed for State President Jacob Zuma when he received the Freedom of the City of Grahamstown on the 13 July 2011; the launch of the Grahamstown Bicentenary Celebrations in February 2012; and the Official Opening of Scifest Africa on 16 March 2012.