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Southdowns Dance Academy Mission
To develop and produce technically sound and well trained dancers that will have the opportunity to study dance at both secondary and tertiary level, and in turn to give the students the opportunity to follow a professional dance career both nationally or internationally.
When studying further on a tertiary level this will enable the students to train dance as a teacher in ballet, contemporary, Pilates, study music theatre, theatre management, choreography, choreology, and many more. Students wanting to further their studies in dance after grade 12 will be advised where to continue their future dance studies that will be recognized internationally.
Southdowns Dance Academy Vision
A ballet trained dancer will always excel at alternate dance forms. Nothing has ever taken the place of ballet for disciplinary training andthere is no technique in any other style of dancing that is so valuable for producing exactitude, precision, a sense of form and a sense of line. Even though the small child at a dancing class may never become a professional dancer or teacher, the courtesies and disciplines, postural development, brain development, musicality, confidence, and joy in movement, will touch their lives forever.
Ballet trained students have had opportunities nationally, and internationally, in acting for television or movies, modelling, being presenters on television, managing performing arts companies, production and co-ordination of large events such as Miss SA, Miss World, dancing at world cup opening events due to their dance knowledge and training. Many dancers have graduated as doctors, accountants, attorneys and decided to start teaching dance at a later stage.
The above will be achieved through the training and direction of the following staff:
Amelia van Ryneveld:
Amelia van Ryneveld heads our junior academy as well as training in the morning and afternoon senior dance academy.
Debra Gush teaches our senior morning and afternoon academy in senior ballet, contemporary dance and Pilates.
Sarah Engelbrecht teaches theory in our morning academy and junior ballet in our afternoon academy.
Carli Spies teaches music.
Andrew Clive Denison Gush
Baccalaureus Technologiae – Dance (Teaching) Cum Laude
• Moving into dance Mophatong Teacher Training Course – Anatomy & Physiology (Developed Anatomy curriculum specifically for this course)
• Tshwane University of Technology – Body Conditioning, Personal Training, Anatomy, Communication Dynamics & Independent study supervisor (Developed Anatomy curriculum specifically for this course)
• Oakfields College/SAPAC - Body Conditioning, Personal Training, Anatomy, Research methods (Developed Anatomy and Research methods curriculum specifically for this course)
• Freelance personal trainer/Fitness & Nutritional program designer
Carol de Wet
• Qualified SADTA teacher in modern ballet and Hip-hop
• S.A.D.T.A associate member
• Completed R.A.D – Intermediate exam
• Open challenge – S.A.D.T.A
• Stars of tomorrow
• Eldoraigne hoërskool - kunswedstryd
• Uitsig hoërskool - kunswedstryd
• Owner of Carol de Wet Dans Skool
Choreography - productions and musicals:
• Grease – Johan Swanepoel,
• Best end of Broadway – Johan Swanepoel
• Footlose – Eldoraigne hoërskool
Southdowns Junior & Senior Dance Academy - afternoon centre:
Southdowns College has the perfect facilities to train dance. We offer primary school students the opportunity to receive tuition at the Southdowns Junior Dance Academy and high school students have the opportunity to train at the Southdowns Senior Dance Academy - in the RAD ballet training method, open classes, contemporary dance, Pilates/body conditioning and modern SADTA exam work - as well as participation in a dance Eisteddfod, pre-exam courses, examinations, shows and bursary competitions.
All the afternoon centre classes for the senior and junior academy may be attended by students from Southdowns Pre-preparatory, Preparatory and College, as well as students from other schools.
Southdowns Senior Dance Academy - morning centre:
Southdowns Senior Dance Academy morning centre will consist of classes during school hours. The classes are only offered to Southdowns scholars with practical dance and theory classes. The practical lessons will consist of ballet, contemporary and Jazz class alternating with anatomy, dance history and music studies theory lessons.
In addition to the choice practical hours, all the students may also join the enrichment dance classes. The enrichment lessons will alternate with ballet, contemporary/jazz, modern, Spanish and body conditioning each week. This allows the dancers to train and develop different dance styles whilst developing versatility. Qualified ballet and modern teachers will train the practical work and guest teachers will be invited for the alternate classes during the year. We would like to inspire the enrichment students by inviting choreographers and professional dancers to perform and motivate them during the year.
UNIFORM - All senior mornings dance classes (grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, &12)
Your child needs the following uniform for her classes and all of it can be purchased at Danceworx – Doringkloof centre
Tel: 012 667-5806) – except the school leotard needs to be purchased at the school uniform shop.
Ballet: Black school dance leotard (with the school logo), pink tights, canvas soft shoes and point shoes. Please come and show us your new point shoes before you sew the ribbons on, so that we can check the fit. Enrichment students will be allowed to wear a plain black leotard but all the choice ballet students must purchase the school leotard.
Contemporary/Jazz, Modern & Pilates: Leotard with black footless tights or unitard.
Here are just a few rules we would like to bring to everyone’s attention:
Amelia van Ryneveld & Debra Gush