"Happiness is a choice the requires intention and effort"
Linda Vargas


Social Transformation And Multicultural Perspectives  (STAMP)

STAMP is a social cohesion initiative, which brings multicultural people together in a way that transcends culture and encourages unity.

STAMP was founded by Linda Vargas and is the outcome of ten years of research.

STAMP aims to help people from diverse backgrounds to find connection.

Workshops for professional development and training

Focus workshops


  • Racism or xenophobia
  • Social justice
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Gender equity
  • Social justice
  • Parenting
  • Media

Customised workshops

Workshops can be customised for the following clients

  • Corporate staff
  • Team building
  • Teachers and educators
  • Students
  • Private consultations


Aims and Objectives

STAMP  to inspire social transformation through multicultural creativity and perspective

In addition, STAMP dance aims to

  1. Support the professional development of teachers in order to teach dance, in multicultural education.
  2. Promote social cohesion in multicultural communities through economic and creative collaboration between STAMP dance, professional theatre, corporate funding, multicultural schools and multicultural dancers and musicians.
  3. Promote collaboration between multicultural education and professional theatre .
  4. Promote collaboration between multicultural musicians and dancers to compose and perform inter-cultural music for dance.
  5. Encourage education teachers to use dance to achieve social cohesion and educational aims.
  6. Provide regular opportunities for diverse cultures to, dance together and foster friendships.
  7. Establish a sustainable social cohesion project for multicultural communities which can be replicated nationally and internationally.
  8. Promote dance as a tool for social cohesion and transformation in the multicultural workplace.  

Educational aims and objectives

STAMP dance in education inclusive- it is not an either/or but rather a both/and approach to dance in education.

STAMP dance is holistic - children learn while moving. they learn through dance not necessarily to dance.

STAMP dance methodology combines multiple learning styles which facilitate children with diverse learning abilities to learn. Newneural pathways are developed in the brain, which in turn assist mathematical, linguistic and kinaesthetic learning

STAMPdance address some of the health and educational challenges by developing brains and bodies in one activity.Sedentary lifestyles often result in a variety of health and learning issues and research continues to show that many school children are not given sufficient opportunity for holistic learning. Alarming numbers of children now spend most of their day behind a desk and between 5 and 8 hours a day in front of some sort of screen: phone, computer, TV. Many of these children are not fully developing the core functions of the brain which are necessary to basic survival, good health and cognition. These 5 core functions are:

  1. Recall: what you knew and have forgotten.Memory: recent learning.
  2. Creativity: the ability to use what you know to do something in a new way.
  3. Imagination: the ability to visualise something not yet experienced.
  4. Kinaesthetic learning: the ability to learn by doing and repetition, not reading
  5. Problem solving: the ability to receive, relate and reconstruct.

STAMPdance offers professional development for generalist education teachers(GET). This helps teacherswith little or no formal training in dance, to be able to teach dance in the multicultural classroom.

STAMPdance offers professional development for  dance specialists which provides them with an understanding of the educational objectives of dance in the multicultural classroom and how to combine these with the objectives of dance.

Both education and dance specialist learn how toteach dance in the multicultural classroom by learning to transcend their own cultural and gender barriers.

STAMPdance aligns with the educational aims and objectives of the of the SA Education CAPS doc. Intercultural rhythmic clapping, stamping and movement sequences are used to develop:


Listening and Memorisation

Auditory and Visual perception,

Discrimination, Memory,

Gross motor and Fine motor skills,

Co-ordination, body image and awareness,

Balance, Rhythm, Laterality,

Dominance, crossing the middle-line,


Self control, Self discipline,

Form perception, Spatial orientation,

Relationships in a group,




STAMP dance
is values driven,  it promotes respect, tolerance, inclusion, perseverance, creativity, fun, reflection.

In addition STAMP dance aligns with common human values reflected in:

The Caps Doc 2012:

Heal the divisions of the past;

Improve the quality of life of all citizens;

Free the potential of each person.

STAMP dance values the individual and collective well being


National Curriculum Statement (NAC) : Grades R-12:

Equipping learners, irrespective of their socio-economic background, race, gender, physical

ability, with knowledge, skills and values necessary for self fulfillment, and meaningful

participation in society as citizens in a free country.

STAMP dance values inclusion and freedom of choice


The Principles of the NCS :

Social transformation: educational imbalances redressed; Active and critical learning; Human rights; Sensitivity to diversity, poverty, inequality, race, gender, language, age, disability etc

STAMP dance values respect and tolerance in diversity


Ubuntu: Traditional African value

(as explained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

Ubuntu has two parts, the first is that a person is friendly, hospitable, generous, gentle, caring and compassionate. In other words someone who uses their strengths on behalf of others and does not take advantage of anyone. This person treats others as he would like to be treated. And because of this they express the second half of the concept which concerns openness, large-heartedness. They share their worth.

STAMP dance values compassion and service to others

About Linda Vargas

Linda Vargas Stamp Dance Founder

LINDA VARGAS’s experience is extensive. She is an author, lecturer, pioneer in multicultural relations, motivational speaker, dancer, dance teacher, international dance examiner, choreographer and producer.

Linda has been a university lecturer for 11 years. She lectured languages at the University of KZN https://www.ukzn.ac.za/ and Cultural Diversity at Durban University of Technology https://www.dut.ac.za/  She holds a Masters Degree in Education (full dissertation, cum laud) as well as B.A. Honours in Drama.  As part of her M Ed research, Linda devised a course of dance for primary school learners which addressed issues of diversity in the multicultural classroom. Please see the link for Linda’s publication “Flamenco Dance in Primary education” http://ersc.nmmu.ac.za. She subsequently conducted numerous professional development workshops for NAPTOSA https://www.nac.org.za/ to assist school teachers to teach dance in a way that encourages social cohesion and holistic learning in the multicultural classroom.

Linda is the founder of STAMP which aims to encourage people from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures to engage with one another in a way that encourages social cohesion and transformation. During her many years of research in schools in South Africa, Linda encountered some of the educational, social, and health challenges that many teachers are facing in the multicultural classroom. As an outcome of her extensive research, Linda devised STAMP dance to help address some of the educational and social challenges in multicultural education. Linda has been devising, teaching and modifying STAMP dance in schools since 2008. http://www.grgs.co.za

While lecturing Cultural Diversity at DUT, she felt inspired to write a book to help her students understand the nature quality and quantity of mental conditioning so many of us carry. To this end she wrote her book Did you Pack your bag: a checklist for mental baggage which can be purchased from Amazon.

Linda has had an extensive career as a professional dancer. Her dance qualifications include the L.I.S.T.D. (Imperial Society of teachers of Dance-London) and Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma (I.S.T.D.-London), P.D.B (Spanish Dance Soc). Linda is one of the co-founders of the international flamenco dance organization Alianza Flamenca and served as a member of its Board of Directors for 25 years. Linda served on panel of International Examiners for S.D.S https://www.spanishdancesociety.org/ and Alianza Flamenca  as well as their Syllabus Committee. https://www.alianzaflamenca.com/

She founded the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company and is the director. Linda and Company have presented numerous dance productions in collaboration with thePlayhouse Companyhttps://playhousecompany.com/ as well as at independent organisations and theatres. Linda has performed for SABCTV, the Spanish Embassy in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and has been invited to perform as guest artist both nationally and internationally. www.facebook.com/LindaVargasFlamenco. Linda has choreographed and performed in a variety of dance productions for NAPAC, PACT and CAPAB, including opera productions, La Traviata, Amal, Faust, Salome and Carmen.

 Linda and Company have also performed with world renown musicians at the UKZN Jazz Centre https://music.ukzn.ac.za/facilities/centre-for-jazz-and-popular-music. The Linda Vargas Company  celebrated its rich contribution to dance in South Africa in their 35th Anniversary Gala production held at the Sneddon Theatre in July 2018.https://www.sneddontheatre.co.za