About Mafa Makhubalo
dance what your soul wants to communicate
Mafa Makhubalo started dancing at the age of five and continued his training with Tony Campbell, founder and director of ZAPAC (Zamdela Performing Arts Centre) in South Africa. Mafa obtain a three-year National Diploma in dance at Tshwane University of Technology. After moving to Toronto, he completed a two-year training program at Ballet Creole School of Arts. In Toronto Mafa had the opportunity to work with choreographers like Milton Myers, Danny Grossman, Debbie Wilson, Gabby Kamino, and was also a company member of, COBA (Collective Of Black Artist), Ballet Creole, OMO Dance Company, Nyata-nyata in Montreal as well as his own Mafa Dance Village.
Mafa has presented his choreography at a variety of events including, Ontario Dance Weekend, 2012 International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in Toronto, Body Percussion Festival, Dance Immersion Show Cases, Contemporaneity series 1.0. He was invited for the 2008 Choreographers Lab program at the Jacob’s Pillow School (Lee, Ma, USA), 2009 apprenticeship program at Stagecraft and Six Week Dance program at American Dance Festival (Durham, NC, USA).
When not on stage Mafa is actively involved in community outreach programs that help youth realize their potential goals through the arts and has Jury for Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. He has been invited by Canada Ballet Jorgen as a choreographer for Solos & Duets and Summer Intensive program annual series from 2013-2017 as well as Toronto Rhythm Initiative Summer Youth Intensive workshop and after school program for Arts Start.