Controlled Chaos

Well done to Carrie and the seniors from Jeffreys Bay for putting on a very successful production at the Nico Malan Inikollig Arts Festival.

The girls danced twice a day on the 27th and 28th of March and were a popular must-see show choice.

The production was called Controlled Chaos and was a dance adaptation depicting the masks and struggles of mental uncertainty.

The twenty-minute piece focusing on mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety and general teenage mental disorders while maintaining a preface of calm and control. This is to lightly explore the hidden struggles that are not always apparent but hidden under masks and uncertainty.

This is to lightly explore the hidden struggles that are not always apparent but hidden under masks and uncertainty.

The girls that took part in the production were:

Bridgette Bell-Cross

Lara Fourie

Danielle Hamilton

Elandri Venter

Karla Viviers

Mere Pieterse

Carla Ferreira

Janique Steyn

Mia Cilliers



Some Holiday Homework For You…..

stretchingHere are some great stretches that you can try in the holidays to keep you strong and supple. Here are two great links for you to learn from.

Other Simple Exercises To Do

Lie on your tummy, like the students in the picture and try and get your hips and feet on the floor.

Hold onto a chair and do slow rises 10 on two feet and then work up to 10 on one foot. Don’t push on the chair.

Sit and watch TV with your legs open and your elbows on the floor.

Sit with legs straight in front of you, flex your feet and try and touch your toes.

Do thirty sautes and concentrate on using your feet to push off the floor and stretch fully in the air.

Practice all your splits and hold. Do this only when you are warm.

How Much to Stretch

Every dancer’s body is different. Some dancers are less flexible. Dancers with “tight” bodies are built for stability, with dense connective tissues. Their muscles are less extensible. Conversely, some dancers are innately more flexible. The hyper-mobile physique has an increased risk of injury as they have a larger joint range of motion, but they are also more vulnerable to serious ligament sprains. Hence “loose” dancers should spend less time stretching than “tight” dancers.

Loose dancers should spend that time on strengthening exercises instead. It is important to avoid comparing the flexibility of one dancer with that of other dancers. Instead, work on what each individual dancer needs – strengthening and stabilising exercise for the loose dancer, stretching/flexibility for the tight dancer. When stretching, it is vital to not push the body too hard. Pushing stretches too hard may cause a muscle strain (tear), so is important to be cautious. Stretches should be held to a point of mild discomfort, not pain.

How Long to Stretch

Holding a static stretch for 30 seconds is enough to maintain joint range of motion and current flexibility. Typically, each stretch is repeated 3 to 5 times in a single stretching bout. But, if increasing flexibility is the goal, then deformation of the connective tissue is necessary to produce permanent muscle length change.

When trying to increase flexibility, it is important to employ stretching AFTER dancing or other activity when muscles and connective tissues are warm.

Try to do some stretching every day.

Hip Hop Exams 2016

Modern And Hip Hop Exams 2016

This year Margie Wells from Johannesburg came to examine our girls. Well done to all who danced, we are extremely proud of you.

Here are some photographs of the dancers before they went in.

Top Marks (85% and above) for These Exams went to:

Mari Rodgers, Jani Slabbert, Karla Muller, Kayla Oosthuizen, Leah Saunders, Chane Scholtz, Anja Wagner, Abbygail Robertson, Ane Minnaar, Danielle Du Preez, Kaitlynne Horne, Ashleigh Maling Nel and Zanri Black.

Here are some of the photo’s taken over the exam session.

Modern Exams 2016

Tijane Visser

Modern Exams 2016

Steffany Botha and Izelle van der Westhuizen

Modern Exams 2016

Ilze Fourie

Modern Exams 2016

Jessica Barnard and Valmarie van Zyl

Hip Hop Exams 2016

Hip Hoppers

Modern Exams 2016

Jane Venter

Modern Exams 2016

Elandri Venter and Bridgette

Modern Exams 2016

Mia Cilliers and Karla Viviers

Hip Hop Exams 2016

Hip Hoppers


Modern Exams 2016

Leah da Cruz

Modern Exams 2016

Danielle Du Preez and Kaylin Forlee

Modern Exams 2016

Kaitlynne Horne and Marie Louise Strydom

Judy Botes and Carli Human

Judy Botes and Carli Human


Tiane and Jani Slabbert


Chiara Torrente and Mikayla Bouwer


Zanri Blick and Ashleigh Maling Nel


Berdine Viljoen


Megan Calder


Ane Minnaar and Mari Rodgers

Modern Exams 2016

Kyla Malherbe and Leane Muller

Modern Exams 2016

Abbygail Robertson and Anja Wagner

Modern Exams 2016

Ella Smit

Modern Exams 2016

Karla Muller and Kayla Oosthuizen

Modern Exams 2016

Leah Saunders, Madison Delport and Hannah Delport

Festival 2016

Wow, what a hectic two weeks we have had.

Dance Festival 2016 is almost over and wow, you are all doing us proud.  A lot of you went and did a solo for the first time ever, and this is something that not a lot of people would be able to do.

We started off with the modern and hip hop and this was adjudicated by Mr. Sean Bovim.

The ballet followed on from this and it was adjudicated by Dianne Cheeseman.

Here are some photo’s of our beautiful dancers.

Kaylin and Ashleigh

Kaylin and Ashleigh


Karla and Zanri

Berdine and Desmare

Berdine and Desmare


Zanri, Isabella and Marie-Louise


Carli, Berdine and Desmare


Berdine and Desmare

























Cara and Clarissa


Hannah, Anja and Gemma


Ashleigh and Kaitlynne




Ashleigh, Zanri, Einon and Lize


Meriska and Lize


Marie-Louise and Elizma


Gabbi and Desmare





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Mekayla and Kaylee


Gabbi and Karla






Shaugneen and Amber

Shaugneen and Amber





Reeva, Einon and Meriska

Reeva, Einon and Meriska



Meriska, Einon and Karla






Holly, Amber and Valmarie


Gold Awards which only awarded to the top performances deserve a special mention here:

Karla Strydom

Ashleigh Maling Nel

Freaks Like Us – Berdine Viljoen and Desmare De Lange

Anja Wagner

Kaitlynne Horne

Einon Doubell

Elizma Ferreira

Jessica Barnard

Holly Whitfield x 2 and our 2016 Junior Ballet Champion.img_3665

May Ballet Exams – Congratulations Students!

Well done to all our pupils for doing exceptionally well in the May Ballet Exams. We are very proud of you all.

The results arrived earlier than expected this year, so we can all go off and enjoy our July Holidays knowing the verdicts.

An extra special congrats to the following girls for getting very well earned distinctions:

Holly Whitfield – 90 % which was the highest result in the studio.

Zoe MareeMay Exams 2016

Minandi Venter

Katelynne Horne

Cassidy Kwong See

Liza-Marli Swanepoel

Keep up the good work.

Grade 8 - Izelle and Steffany

Grade 8 – Izelle and Steffany

We would like to give a huge thank you to Amelia and Mikayla- Leigh Lombard for the lovely donation of a selection of cool drinks and water which the dancers really appreciated when they came out of the exam room.

We would also like to thank all the families of the dancers for their support and helping to make this a special exam session for us all.

The dancers all looked beautiful and were very well groomed – thank you Moms and Dads.

We started our ballet exams with our Grade 8’s from Jeffreys Bay on the 14th of May. Mrs. Deanne Irvine came to examine this year.

We continued on Monday the 16th of May starting off with our first set of Pre-Primaries. They were all very excited to be doing their first exam.  The most difficult part for them was trying to remember the examiners name.

Pre-Primary Mari, Chanel, Ane, Ndiya, Lumi, Rebekah and Cazlyn

Mari, Chanel, Ane, Ndiya, Lumi, Rebekah and Cazlyn


Grade 6 Ballet Holly, Sarah and Lisa Marli

Grade 6 Ballet
Holly, Sarah and Lisa Marli


Marie Louise and Karleigh Then in Pre Primary Together

Grade 2 Karleigh and Marie Louise

Grade 2
Karleigh and Marie Louise Now

It was bitter sweet for some. We are losing our dear little dancer from Grade 2, Karleigh to New Zealand shortly, so this will be her last exam with us.

Karleigh and Marie-Louise have been entering together since they were in Pre-Primary. You can see how much they have grown by the photos below.


Grade 4 Mikayl-Leigh, Gabriella and Bianca

Grade 4
Mikayla-Leigh, Gabriella and Bianca

Grade 5 Kaylee, Natasha, Rachael and Casey

Grade 5
Kaylee, Natasha, Rachael and Casey

Grade 2 Meriska, Lize, Elizma and Katelynne

Grade 2
Meriska, Lize, Elizma and Katelynne

Primary Hannah, Zoe and Clarice

Hannah, Zoe and Clarice

Grade 3 Ritae, Ashleigh and Zanri

Grade 3
Ritae, Ashleigh and Zanri

Grade 5 Micaela and Larisha

Grade 5
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Grade 2 Cassidy, Einon, Kaitlynne and Desmare

Grade 2
Cassidy, Einon, Kaitlynne and Desmare

We continued with our exam session on the 17th of May with more of the Jeffreys Bay Girls.

Our cute little pre-primaries were first to entertain our examiner.

Performance awards were the popular choice for our older Jeffreys’ Bay Girls this year.

Pre-Primary De-ane, Zelne, Elze, Cara and Abbygail

De-ane, Zelne, Elze, Cara and Abbygail

Primary Anja and Mia

Anja and Mia

Performance Awards Grade 2 and Grade 3 Cindy, Anei and Minandi

Performance Awards
Grade 2 and Grade 3
Cindy, Anei and Minandi



















On Sunday the 22nd of May our Vocational Girls did their exam at St Thomas along with our long time pianist Verna.


Amber, Verna and Shaugneen


Advanced 1 Amber and Advanced Foundation Shaugneen

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First Term Almost Gone Already

We just can’t believe the first term of 2016 is already dead and gone. The time has flown past and as usual, there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

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Some of our cute Pre Primary’s

Most of the first term went by in a blur as we pushed for the ballet girls to learn all their work in preparation for the May Exams. They took in a lot and did extremely well with the short time they had, but we will need to do some serious polishing during the new term.

The modern and hip hop exams are only at the end of the year, so we have more time there, but we still have a lot of work to cover.

We are getting 12 new grades of hip hop work taught to us during the April Holidays, so we are looking forward to something fresh and exciting to teach next term. The hip hoppers have been doing mostly open work this term and preparing for the concert on the 30th of November, so it is not a last minute rush after their exams.

Stepping Stones Modern

Stepping Stones Modern

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Grade 2 Ballet

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2nd Grade Modern

Here are some pics taken during the last week of term of some of the Lorraine classes, when our theme was ‘Something Pink.’ The Jeffrey’s

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Grade 5 Ballet

bay pictures will be put on the FaceBook Page.

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Tuesday Primary Class

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Tuesday Grade 2 Class

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Mischievous Grade 3 Class

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Grade 4’s pretty in pink.

Happy Holidays!