Are you ready for your Ballet Début?
What’s on offer:
- Ballet and Me classes for children from 3 years of age
- Ballet and Movement classes for adults from Beginners to Advanced
- Pointe work, Ballet Fitness and Contemporary classes available
- Private classes welcome
- RAD Exam syllabi
- Bi-Yearly concerts
- Fully qualified teachers
- Ballet teacher training programmes, guidance and mentoring
- Competitive fees and discounts available
Catherine Bam – Studio Principal
I started ballet at the age of 3 and competed in many ballet festivals over the years. I joined Johannesburg Youth Ballet from 1993 to 1997 and performed in different theatres around South Africa. After matriculating from the National School of Arts in 1998 (specialising in ballet, spanish and contemporary dance), I joined PACT Ballet (now called the South African Mzanzi Ballet) in Pretoria for about 8 months before immigrating to the UK for 10 years.
In 2002, I became a member of The Academy Dance Company in Manchester as one of their principal dancers. We performed a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop. I completed an Exercise to Music NVQ teaching course in 2007 and opened a small ballet studio in Edinburgh (Scotland) where I taught ballet and flexibility to adults. I moved back to South Africa in 2009 where I completed my teacher training with the Royal Academy of Dance(RAD). I also currently perform for a Spanish dance company called Chiquitas who cater for a wide variety of social and corporate events. It’s never too late to start dancing; I would love to share my passion for the art with you!
Natalie Moens – Freelance Ballet and Contemporary Teacher
I started dancing at the age of 6, ballet became my world. I joined the Gauteng Dance Academy in 1997, were we had an annual show allowing all of us to perform on stage regularly. I took part in eisteddfods and Concours de Ballet every year from 1999, receiving distinctions for solos from 2001-2009 as well as First Place for the Senior Championship Solo Ballet in 2006. I completed all the Royal Academy of Dance exams up to and including Advanced 2.
I was part of the first group of students to be allowed to take Dance as a Matric subject for which I received a distinction. As part of our training we had to choose another dance style and this is where my love for contemporary began. We also had to complete training in anatomy, history of ballet, music and history of music which has given me a fantastic foundation for teaching. In 2007 we prepared for the International World Championships in Russia. I was also fortunate enough to dance as an extra in the South African Ballet Theatre’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Finally in 2011 I complete my Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and have been teaching and dancing ever since!
Colleen Murphy – Freelance Ballet Teacher
I started dancing from the age of 6 and immediately knew this was a passion that would guide me for the rest of my years. By instruction from my teacher I was accepted at the Johannesburg School of Arts and Ballet performing Spanish, Contemporary, Body Conditioning and Greek dance forms, and continued there until the age of 16. My life took me on another journey as I pursued a career. Years later I realized that this passion for Ballet and Dance was something I could not ignore and had to return!
I have completed my RAD teachers in Ballet and teach students from the age of 3 to adults over 40. I feel I have so much to give to students of all ages. Dancing has brought so much joy and inspiration in my life, that this is something I would love to share.
I have previous experience in teaching but nothing has been more exciting than teaching Ballet. The art, creativity and precision of movement is incredibly challenging and most rewarding. It’s a platform for students to express and de-stress, to be cognitive and creative – This is why I love to teach!