Paul Modjadji

Internationally-acclaimed choreographer, dance sensation and Director of Dare to Dream, Paul Modjadji, is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts. 

Paul’s passion for the arts is matched only by his dedication and commitment to uplifting young talent from the townships across South Africa.

He established the Dare to Dream Foundation five years ago with the intention of empowering young people to follow their own dreams by offering free art, drama and leadership programmes to disadvantaged youngsters in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria where he grew up. Since then, he has reached over 10 000 young people across South Africa.

A two-time world dance champion, Paul was honoured in August this year by US President Barak Obama who presented him with the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship Young African Leaders Award at a ceremony in Washington.  

Over the past two years, Paul has been crowned top dancer globally by the New York based Talent America Showcase and he has made history by being crowned the first African dancer to win the European Star Dance Union World Championships.

Paul’s next project is to raise funds to build dance academies in our townships.

View and download hi-res images from the Philanthropy Awards Image Gallery.