Our Teachers

Marelize Theron

Tap Teacher
Marelize started her modern and tap career at the age of 5 with Gail Barr in Ficksburg. She continued her training under Jean Parker, Verne Krige and Berryl Saayman respectively and has been dancing for over 26 years. Marelize is a fully qualified teacher of the AIDT (Association of International Dance Teachers) and therefore teaches the international dance syllabus as well as train associate teachers. She has received high accolades for competitive choreography, shows, performances and exams. She is also a member of the TDA (Theatre Dance Association).
Marelize worked for Outline Dance Centre (2004 - 2014) and Cape Academy of Performing Arts (2009 - 2016) as the head of their Tap Departments, respectively. She has also presented workshops at various events including The International Tap Day.
2015 Marelize opened her own Tap Dance Studio in Somerset West, her pupils winning many awards at the Cape Town Eisteddfod and TDA's Eisteddfod of the performing Arts.
Marelize has a sincere passion for Tap Dancing, the teaching and choreography thereof and her professionalism and enthusiasm is expanded through all her public involvement.
She welcomes everyone to the percussive world of tapping and hopes to inspire while sharing her knowledge and love of the craft with students.

Juanita Yazbek

Ballet Teacher

Juanita Yazbek was called to ballet at the age of 4. Her passion and drive culminated in her being accepted at the Royal Ballet in London. She performed professionally reaching “Ballerina” status. After a long career in South Africa, she guested in many countries, representing various companies. She performed all the major classical roles like Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote and many more. She will always be remembered as Carmen and Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld. Upon her return to South Africa, she did her teachers Degree and is a fully qualified Royal Academy of Dance Teacher. This is an International Qualification and she will be entering students into the RAD exams. She taught at The University of Cape Town and Reddam Tokai. She opened her own commercial Company called Dance Dynamics, did numerous guest teaching sessions, choreographing, producing and directing shows. She was offered a 2 year contract to perform and act as Dance Captain in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats”.

Finally after a long and rewarding career, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Zara. The joy of this gift has motivated the need for her to pass on her wealth of knowledge and experience through the Juanita Yazbek Dance Studio to dancers of the future. She has now been running her studio in Sea Point and at the German School since 2011. She teaches Creative Movement at St Cyprian’s School. She has joined Pneumatix and is very excited with the new venture and is thoroughly enjoying being part of this wonderful college.

Jessica Kotzé

Make-Up & Costume Teacher

“I'm very fortunate to live my dream and to do what the Lord created me for.”

Having a range of experience & diverse skill set in beauty, theatre & special effects make-up for the last 10 years, Jessica still actively works in the beauty / fashion and bridal industry as a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist. By doing so, she provides invaluable experience from the industry into her everyday teachings.

For the past 6 years, Jessica is also a co-owner of a very successful make-up school in Stellenbosch.

Being a perfectionist at heart, teaching her passion, she aims to deliver the best & highest quality of work to each of her students, promoting creativity and growth.

Esther von Waltsleben

Drama Teacher

Esther Von Waltsleben is an award-winning actress, director and playwright. She is a familiar face on South African television, featuring in popular shows like Die Republiek van Zoid-Afrika and Proesstraat.

As a Performing Arts practitioner she is actively involved in the entertainment industry as performer, director, producer and playwright. She is currently seen in her solo-show, O MY GOEIE VOLK, directed by Marion Holm.

Brigitte Reeve Taylor

Horton & Anatomy Teacher

Brigitte Reeve qualified as an AIDT teacher in 1983 and was invited by the board as an examiner, both locally and Internationally in 1994. Brigitte Danced professionally for 3 years with the Pace Dance Theatre Company after which she left to concentrate on developing her studio.

She travels annually to the USA to take dancers on educational tours and has taught Master Classes in New York, London, Canada, Australia, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, New Jersey and San Francisco.

Brigitte choreographed for the opening ceremony of the “World Cup Cricket” and the Ghana “Africa Cup of Nations”. She also choreographed the award winning Turkish “Akbank”, Italian “Nestle”, Danish “Bergenbier” and Spanish “RTVE”, TV commercials in Bucharest – Romania and Barcelona as well as the South African “Sanlam Herds” and the “Pepsi” advert for 2010 World Cup Soccer. Brigitte worked as Director and Choreographer for the Sultan of Oman, for the 2010 “Oman National Day” celebration – with 12 000 performers.

Brigitte is working freelance – training dancers in the Horton Technique at UCT Degree program, Waterfront Theatre School, CJB, BRDC, Pneumatix and teachers the AIDT Associates Diploma’s. She continues to examine, adjudicate and teach around the country and internationally. She shares her passion for dance, with assisting animals through her foundation, Dancers Love Dogs. In 2016 Brigitte was awarded the Glamour Woman of the Year title, for her work through Dancers Love Dogs.

Knowledge is powerful – Training is Essential.

Antoinette de Villiers

Modern Teacher

She is the Principle of Rhapsody Dance Centre and is currently managing two studios. Antoinette is a well-qualified teacher, dancer and award winning Choreographer. She has been dancing for 21 years, teaching for 7 years and is a qualified AIDT, TDA and DASA teacher as well as a member of AIDT, DASA, WPDTA, TDA. Antoinette was trained in: Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Pas de Deux, Jazz, Tap, Latin American, African Dancing and Broadway Dancing.

Some of her stage & TV appearances include; Chebanca,“5,6,7,8”,Cinderella, Nutcracker, Aladdin, Moulin Rouge, Wonka, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Witness, Mind the Step, Jumanji, Expresso and many more. Antoinette has also worked as the dance instructor at the International Theatre Art School - Stagecoach.

Antoinette has choreographed and performed for various major public events such as the World Education Summit, Western Cape Youth Day Celebration, Nedbank yearend function and many more. She has choreographed numerous productions; including the Disney production "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Jumanji" and "Beware the Ides of March" She has choreographed school productions as well as in the annual Baxter Dance Festival and the annual Dancers 4 Dancers fundraiser at the Artscape Opera House. Antoinette choreographed for LA producers such as Ryan Patrick and won numerous teachers awards such as teacher of the year at the well-known TDA EOPA. In 2016 Antoinette was awarded the 2016 Legend Dance Award presented by Rapitrade (Pty) Ltd and Out of Africa Company

Antoinette is now also one of the directors of the newly created Theatre Company - “The PopUp Movement” showcasing productions all over SA that includes acting, singing and dancing. Apart for her performing arts career Antoinette has her qualification in Sport Psychology, Event Management, Small Business Management as well as Make-Up Artistry.

As a young choreographer, dancer and teacher she welcomes everyone into the world of dancing as it changes your life from the very moment you hear and feel the music.

Wiaan Laing

Hip Hop Teacher

Wiaan started dancing at the age of 18. In 2008 he qualified to go to Los Angeles, California for the World Championships of performing arts, where he received 4 silver medals. In 2009 he started his training at Dance de’ Art where he got trained in Hip Hop, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Horton, Contemporary and Sports Aerobics. Wiaan completed his associate training in Hip Hop with the TDA as well as the AIDT syllabus. He taught Hip Hop, Sports Aerobics, Tricks and Stunts at Dance de’ Art from 2010 – March 2013. Wiaan was part of the Dejavu dance Company and also one of the main choreographers. In 2012 he did the Afrikaans movie, Pretville. He also danced in the music video by “Adam” called “Kasteel”. In 2013 he danced in Turkey for 7 months. In 2014 he moved to Cape Town where he starred in the musical, Oklahoma! Wiaan has performed in many gigs, for instance for DSTV, Cartoon Network, Vodacom, FNB Awards, ABSA and others. He has also performed in over 220 musicals.

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