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. As a Performing Arts practitioner she has been in the professional entertainment industry for more than 20 years with a long list of awards and nominations including Fleur du Cap, Fiesta Awards and SAFTA Awards for productions that she has been involved in.

Esther studied Drama at the University of Stellenbosch and went on to start her own theatre company, Spektrum Productions, with fellow graduates, which travelled the country taking children’s theatre productions to schools and theatres nationally and internationally. She’s worked extensively applying theatre as an educational tool for communities, corporations as well as the government. The educational theatre productions that she’s been part of, was presented in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa (in which she is fluent). As part of renowned Community Theatre group, Cape Heart, she studied the work of Forum Theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal, applying Theatre of the Oppressed to educate and give guidance to communities on social issues like abuse, addiction as well as health and safety.

She is founder-member of the Klein Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch as well as the NGO, New Love, which combines performance art and fine arts to tackle social issues within communities. She qualified as an assessor in the Performing Arts from SAQA and was central to the formulation of the course and the subsequent outcomes.

She has served as Artist in Residence at Drama Schools in the Western Cape for five years as well as external examiner for Matric Practical Drama exams. Her connections with the schools also extend to her directing and writing of the theatre productions of Paul Roos Gimnasium for the ATKV competions, on a yearly basis, earning them a list of awards and nominations on that playing field.

She is a familiar face on South African television, featuring in popular shows like Die Republiek van Zoid-Afrika (both as actor and content-producer), Parys-Parys, Buurtwag, Die Boekklub, Proesstraat, Boland Moorde, Die Francois Toerien Show and films like ‘n Paw-Paw vir my Darling, Liewe Kersvader, Agterplaas, Sonskyn Beperk, Journey Man and Solo Flight. On stage she has worked with many of South-Africa’s best directors in all the different genres. She is currently seen in her own oneman-show, #OMGV, in which she collaborates with the talent of comedy doyenne, 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.


Angela Paulo

Head LTCL Drama Lecturer and Head Drama Departmental Coordinator

(LTCL) Performance Musical Theatre -with Distinction

(LTCL) Speech & Drama, Communication Skills, Applied Drama, Performance Arts & Musical Theatre Teaching

Angela began at the age of 4 on stage in ballet, modelling and dancing. At the age of 7 she began to play classical piano and joined in children’s theatre where she began to really take her love of the Performing Arts seriously.

At the age of 16 she auditioned for the Waterfront Theatre School and obtained all her dance qualifications in Tap, Jazz and Ballet; after which she studied intensively under one with Trinity’s College of London’s top international examiners, Mr V. Barry Prince.

He was one of London’s West End’s top international performers and moulded her into a triple threat performing artist. She obtained her (ATCL) in Performance in Musical Theatre followed by her (LTCL) Performance in Musical Theatre- with distinction. She began to write, produce, direct and perform in a few female tributes and many Musical Theatre productions across South Africa.

In 2010 she then decided to complete her (LTCL) Teaching in Speech and Drama, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, Applied Drama and Communication skills where she was called for 7 years of intensive behavioural therapy, teaching and managing of children with special needs. She became a (ABA) Applied Behavioural Therapist with the added Dramatic Arts and Musical Therapy. This has helped many of her students and a recovery of one her autistic students whilst also doing part time performances and teaching examinations at Performing Arts schools in Cape Town.

In 2018 she decided to return to full time international lectures as newly appointed Head LTCL Drama lecturer and Head Drama Departmental Coordinator for Pneumatics. Angela is also continuing her studies to obtain her (FTCL) in Educational studies for Speech and Drama, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, Applied Drama and Communication skills with the Trinity College of London.


Mathew Sanford

Dans - Modern and Open Classes (for Rhapsody Dance Centre)

A native of the U.S.A, Sanford studied Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Pas de Deux, Musical Theatre, singing and acting among many other dance styles. He continued his studies at the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City under the guidance of Desmond Richardson.

At the age of nineteen, he began working professionally; performing in several stage and theatre shows around the world, including the musical version of “Fame” in London’s West End, Cirque du Soleil’s production of Zumanity in Las Vegas, Nevada and was a featured soloist at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France.

With a passion for teaching, combined with the love of dance, Sanford moved to Los Angeles, California where he began teaching workshops and clinics in venues such as Millennium, The Edge and The Performing Arts Centre, all while maintaining his career as a commercial dancer. He is most recognized for his work in movies such as “Across the Universe” (2002) and “Get him to the Greek” (2007), as well as having the opportunity to perform with artists such as N’sync, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Janet Jackson. Subsequently, he began working as a creative director for Princess Cruise Lines with responsibilities in writing, directing, choreographing and performing in their state-of-the-art production shows; during which time, he went on to study exercise physiology and nutrition and received a BD in education from California State University.

Now living in Cape Town, South Africa; Sanford continues to share his talent teaching high level workshops, clinics and movement seminars in and around the Western Cape. Most recently has become part of the faculty at Rhapsody Dance Centre and now looks forward to working with the Pneumatics team in what is sure to be a magical year.


Winston Siljeur

Music

Winston Siljeur hails from a small town called Robertson in the Breede Valley District, Western Cape, SA, currently residing in Somerset West, Western Cape, SA as a musician operating as Pianist, Musical Director, Accompanist, Session Musician, Composer, Arranger, Producer and a Music Theory and Piano Teacher.

From an early age being a self – taught musician, he has been accomplishing so much. It is only in 2008 he studied Classical Piano at the Conservatorium, University of Stellenbosch.

Winston was a Piano Teacher at W. Heuer Musikhaus in Stellenbosch from 2009 – 2014, taught Keyboard Practical for Trevor Sampson’s school, Restoring the Sound, Macassar, Piano Practical at Alexander Sindton High School in 2014 with renowned Award - Winning Drumming Artist, Clement Benny. He was also involved with the Stellenzicht Music Project in Jamestown, Stellenbosch teaching Theory and Keyboard Practical to disadvantaged kids from 2011 – 2014. Was a Theory as well as Piano Lecturer for renowned Cape Town Jazz Pianist, Camillo Lombard at his acclaimed Music College, Cape Music Institute from 2009 – 2017.

Winston has worked with artists like Cara Frew, Monique Blanco (Miss Arizona, USA), Darren Green (Doctor & TV Personality), Noel Robinson (Integrity signed artist, UK), Seth & Nirva (Dynamic Husband & Wife Duo, Philadelphia, USA), SAMA Award Winners Ernie Smith & Anton Goosen, SAMA Award Nominees Shaun P, Can Skylark, L’loyd Cele, Heinz Winkcler, Julanie J, Claire Phillips, Jesse Jordan and Woman 2 Woman (Social Media & Media current trending Afrikaans Parody group).

Played the award – winning show AfriKaaps at Artscape, Musically Directed the Afrikaans show Op Gister se Voetspore at Grandwest Casino, Nuus in Afrikaans, Woman 2 Woman, directed bands for The Gathering Christian Music Festival, represented the Western Cape at Moshito Music Conference 2013 at Sandton Convention Centre. Traveled to Baie Lizare, Seychelles, Dubai, UEA, Kendal, UK. Winston is the founder of the acclaimed Winston Siljeur Project and CEO of Winston Siljeur Productions

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