Choreographers, dancer, performer

Cape Town , 8005 | South Africa
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Nationality: South African
Gender: Woman
Home Language: Xhosa
Other Languages: English; Zulu; Tswana ; Sotho; Afrikaans

Choreographies

  • 1999 "Reality Check" for The State Theatre Dance company
  • 2003 "Umakoti welixesha" for The Woman's Festival at the Dance Factory
  • 2006 "Some of Us Can Change" Performed by the Zama Dance School
  • 2007 "The Classroom" Performed by the Zama Dance School
  • 2008 "If Clothes Could Talk" Performed by the Cape Junior Ballet
  • 2008 "Our Fear" Outreach project Performed by Dance for All students
  • 2008 "HATCH” One Woman show Performed by myself
    ° Mexico : Foro Performatica
  • 2009 "Kutheni" Two Women show Performed by the members of Jazzart Dance Theatre commissioned work for the FNB Dance Umbrella
  • 2009 “I-Dolls” Performed by the Cape Dance Company commissioned work by the NAC
  • 2009 “Hatched” Performed, directed and choreographed by myself
    ° Out The Box Festival 2010 ° Grahamstown South African National Arts Festival 2010
    ° Danse l’Afrique danse, Mali 2010 ° Dance Umbrella, Londres 2011
  • 2009 “Shift” Performed, directed and choreographed by myself
    ° Danse l’Afrique danse, Afrique du Sud 2012
  • 2011 “Isingqala” Performed, directed and choreographed by myself
    ° Grahamstown South African National Arts Festival 2011 ° USA’s different voices – Bates Dance Festival
    ° Slovenia’s gay and lesbian film festival
    “Amafongkong” With the Ethiopian Adugna Dance company
    ° Grahamstown south african national arts festival 2011
    “Noise makers” Group performance
  • 2012 “The meal” Three women show
    ° Grahamstown south african national arts festival 2012
    ° ”I Stand corrected” physical theatre, with the British theatre producer Mojisola Adebayo - Artscape, Cape Town 2012

Awards|Scholarships

  • 1994 Mr Grobbelaar & Mr Ackerman scholarship for three years study at the Pretoria Technikon
  • 2000 Award for the most outstanding performance by a female dancer in Contemporary style for "The Dying Swan"
  • 1998 Scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance center for a year in New York
  • 2008 Awarded a scholarship as a dance webber at the Vienna International Dance festival
  • 2009 Awarded the FNB Phillip Stein Choreographers Grant for new work 2010
  • 2010 The Standard Bank Young Artist 2011 – for Dance
  • 2012 Standard bank ovation award for “the Meal”
  • 2012 One year Fellowship creator GIPCA – Univesity of Cape Town

Education

  • ZAMA Dance School under the royal Academy of Dance, Cape Town
  • Pretoria Technikon, Arts Faculty - National Diploma in Ballet
  • 1997 Pact Dance Company - Ballet Training with Martin Schonberg
  • 1998 Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, NYC, USA - One year Fellowship Student
  • African dance Workshops in Soweto - 2005 with Jamaine Acogny
  • 2008 Dance Webber in Vienna International Dance festival - 6 weeks Intensive choreographic work shops
  • 2009 Big Intensive in directing dance
  • Crossings: Choreographic Artistic workshop in Johannesburg

Employment History

  • 1997-2000 State Theatre Dance Company
  • 2000-2001 African Foot Prints
  • 2000-2001 Dance Teacher Pretoria Dance Technikon
  • 2002-2005 Commercial; Modelling and Corporate Work
  • 2002 Dance Teacher at The Dance Factory
  • 2002 Ongoing work with Free flight Dance Company
  • 2004 Original cast of The Lion King in Denhaag, Netherlands
  • 2006 Original cast of We Will Rock You South Africa
  • 2007 Resident Choreographer;Teacher and Vice Principal of the Zama Dance School
  • 2008 Employed by The University of the Stellenbosch under move1524
  • 2008 Also self employed
  • 2009 Projects with the British Council
  • 2009 Schools performances with Move 1524 nationally
  • Others 2012 Provides a Theater Laboratory, Kineofilm,Trieste, Italy

Tours


1986 -1993
Grahamstown Arts Festival; FNB Dance Umbrella; Sea Point Eistedford with the Zama dance school. Works choreographed by Arlene
Westergaard and the students of the school.
1995-1996
Performed with Pretoria Dance Technikon in all of their seasons, performed in works of South African acclaimed choreographers such as
Vincent Mantsoe, Moeketsi Koena, Boyzie Cekwane, Robyn Orlin; David Matamela; Debbie Rakusin and Sonia Mayor.
1997 -2000
Performed with State Theatre Dance Company,SA-.
he first public performance with the company, FNB Dance Umbrella, followed by the KKNK in Oudtshoorn; Oude Libertas; Grahamstown National Arts Festival; Dance Factory and the Civic Theatre seasons. First trip out of the country with the company: Israel, performed in Eilat and Ranana. Collaborated with The Danish Company (1997- 199) and performing inDenmark, Finland, Switzerland. Performed internationally choreographed pieces by Robert North, Edd Wubb, Redha and Bebe Miller and South African choreographed pieces by Candice Johnstone, Esther Nasser, Alfred Hinkel's famous Bolero, Debbie Rakusin; Sean Bovim & Christopher Kindo's Me and You.
2000-2001
Lead / Principal Dancer for hit musical (2000). Toured in London, UK and Atlanta,US
2002-2004
Did freelancing work – being a guest performer in most of South African Dance Companies. Also performed at the opening of the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Performed for former President, Nelson Mandela. Developing own choreographic work and teaching methodology. Developing solo works.
2004
Original cast of The Lion King in the Netherlands
2005
Worked with the Free Flight Dance Company for the show Angels in Strip, at on Broadway Blood wedding at Arts Cape; Window into a World
2006
Original cast of We Will Rock You South Africa and performed nationally
2007
Worked with Christopher Kindo, KKNK in Oudtshoorn
2008
Choreographed and performed "HATCH" at On Broadway; OUT THE BOX FESTIVAL; Baxter Dance Festival; Shelters for abused women in the Netherlands, World Population Foundation conference In The Netherlands; South African Domestic Violence conference in Johannesburg; Informal Studio performances in Brazil; Informal Studio Performance in Vienna; selected schools in Eastern Cape; Durban & Cape Town under move 1524.
2008
Selected as South African Selected as South African representative, invited to present Afro - fusion in LA, USA at the ‘Superstars Of Dance.’
2010 – 2012
Danse l’Afrique danse 2010+12 , Dance Umbrella-London, National Arts Festival-South Africa 2010 to 2012