April 4, 2017

Teachers

 

 

 

 

 

NADIA KATZ

 

Nadia trained professionally in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (London) Modern Theatre, Tap Theatre and Classical Ballet, as well as in the Allianza Flamenca Spanish Dance Society, and has competed in many competitions, winning 2 Championship Awards among many others. Nadia received distinctions in all advanced and associate levels of Tap & Modern Genres and continues to train with renowned choreographers She has 6 years of Drama training under her belt, through Sabrina Chinelli up to professional level. Nadia also portrayed the lead role in 4 major productions, which were Internationally recognized. Nadia also has a Diploma in Event Management. 

 

 

 

 Margarita ‘Gally’ Naydenova

Choreogpraher/Dancer

Margarita Naydenova matriculated from the National School of the Arts and is also a founder member of Ballet Theatre Afrikan. Margarita was lead dancer for African Footprint. Margarita was a back up dancer for Lebo Mathosa, Thembi Seete, and currently She has worked(on a freelance basis) with some of the best South African choreographers: Somizi Mhlongo, Vincent Mantsoe, Debbie Rakusin and many more. Founder member of Ballet Theatre African(position:senior soloist) Highlights: guest artist "Malakov and Youth" St. Polten Austria 2001 performed at the United Nations World Conference Against Racis, performed ''A Season of Dance'' at the Holland Dance Festival, Opened the Maitisong Festival , Botswana. Graduated as teacher of classical dance Cecchetti.Method. Choreographers worked with: Vincent Mantsoe, Adele Blanc, Christopher Kindo, Samuel Wuersten, Moya Michaels etc. Performed as a featured artist for The Black eyed peas, Snoop Dogg, Lauren Hill, 50cent, Sean Paul) Backup dancer and choreographer for Thembi Seete Backup dancer and choreographer for Lira (DVD shoot LIRA Captured Tour, LIRA 1st Decade, R. Kelly concert featured artist) Worked with various of SA best choreographers: Somizi Mhlongo: Opening and closing ceremony AFCON, MTV base Durban featuring Snoop Lion Debbie Rakusin: Worked with Pilobolus for the BidVest Function, World Cup 2010 vip conference Freelance choreographer: 2011-2013 Drum Struck Japan and Edinburgh choreographer 2013 artist management and choreographer for the Blended movie starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler under Moonlight Prod. Shot in Sun City Various corporate events: Barclays etc. Choreographed songs for Thembi Seete and Lira Group training instructor for Virgin Active

 

 

 

 Zulu Phakati

Alfred's love for art started when he was 6 years old, doing Fine and Visual Art at YMCA in Mamelodi Township. Simon Mashiangwako was his teacher during this time.

At age 14 Alfred joined the Shanana cultural group at Kwa-Thema doing traditional dance and drama. In 1994 he worked at Sibikwa Community Projects under the supervision of Small Ndaba and Phillis Klotz where he performed in a DET BOYS drama production. In 1998 he obtained his Diploma in Dance at Johannesburg Dance Foundation and proceeded to do his Honors in 1998. After graduating in 1998 he became a cast member and dance director of African Footprint through which he has danced on the soil of each and every continent around the world. He has worked with Bopa Dance Forum from 1999 till African Footprint started touring around the world. In 2007 he joined the "Afrika! Afrika!" show in Europe, where he was assistant choreographer and in 2009 he was called back to be a choreographer, artists manager and back stage manager to 120 artists. He was the Assistant Director and Choreographer of "Winnie - The Opera Show" in 2011, produced by Mfundi Vundla. He was a choreographer for Soweto Entsha and Drumstruck productions that toured internationally and for Aca-Thathu. Alfred is a resident Choreographer for Mzansi Youth Choir and he also worked with Ndlovu Choir, Roedean School choir and Norton Rose Choir as a choreographer with a very talented conductor and music composer, Ralf Schmitt. In 2013 he was a dance director of a movie "BLENDED", starring well-known comedy actors, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. He is a dance teacher at Katz Dance Studios and he choreographs for corporate events. Alfred was called again to do Afrika! Afrika! 2013/2014 Europe tour to be the artist manager for 74 artists, backstage manager, assistant choreographer and he also served the production as a stage manager and a show caller. Most Recent: 2014, Alfred was a choreographer and a show caller for a show in Germany called Cotton Club. 1994: Actor in a drama production called DET Boys High 1998: Dancer and Dance Director, African Footprint Productions 2007: Dancer, Assistant Choreographer, Afrika! Afrika! Circus Show in Europe 2009: Dancer, Choreographer, backstage manager, Artists manager, Afrika! Afrika! Circus Show 2011: Choreographer and Assistant Director, Winnie The Opera theater production show 2011: Choreographer, Soweto Entsha Productions 2012 & 2013: Choreographer for Drumstruck productions 2013: Choreographer, Aca-Tatu Accapella group Since 2011: Resident choreographer for Mzansi Youth Choir, Ndlovu Choir, Roedean School Choir, Norton Rose Choir. 2013: Dance Director of a Movie called Blended featuring Hollywood actors Adan Sandler and Drew Berrymore 2013/2014: Artists Manager, Assistant Choreographer, Backstage manager and show caller, Afrika! Afrika! Circus Show 2014: Choreographer, Artists Manager and Show Caller, Cotton Club Dinner Show in Germany (Frankfurt) 2015: Event Manager for Corporate Dance Company SA. 2015: Choreographer and Director for Afrika! Afrika! Show in Tunisia at Carthage Festival.

 

 

 Darryn Phillips

After graduating from the National School of the Arts, Darryn went on to train in various dance styles including: Latin, Ballroom, Argentine Tango and Salsa. Specializing in Wedding Dance Choreography for 10 Years he has become a highly sort after Wedding Dance Choreographer. He has performed and choreographed countless Corporate shows as well as co-ordinated the musicians and dancers for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie 'Blended'. He fills the stilettos of South Africa's up and coming Drag Super Star 'Justine De Queer, who has not only graced stages such as Johannesburg Pride but also made her T.V. Debut on SA's top soapie 'Generations'

 

At age 14 Alfred joined the Shanana cultural group at Kwa-Thema doing traditional dance and drama. In 1994 he worked at Sibikwa Community Projects under the supervision of Small Ndaba and Phillis Klotz where he performed in a DET BOYS drama production. In 1998 he obtained his Diploma in Dance at Johannesburg Dance Foundation and proceeded to do his Honors in 1998. After graduating in 1998 he became a cast member and dance director of African Footprint through which he has danced on the soil of each and every continent around the world. He has worked with Bopa Dance Forum from 1999 till African Footprint started touring around the world. In 2007 he joined the "Afrika! Afrika!" show in Europe, where he was assistant choreographer and in 2009 he was called back to be a choreographer, artists manager and back stage manager to 120 artists. He was the Assistant Director and Choreographer of "Winnie - The Opera Show" in 2011, produced by Mfundi Vundla. He was a choreographer for Soweto Entsha and Drumstruck productions that toured internationally and for Aca-Thathu. Alfred is a resident Choreographer for Mzansi Youth Choir and he also worked with Ndlovu Choir, Roedean School choir and Norton Rose Choir as a choreographer with a very talented conductor and music composer, Ralf Schmitt. In 2013 he was a dance director of a movie "BLENDED", starring well-known comedy actors, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. He is a dance teacher at Katz Dance Studios and he choreographs for corporate events. Alfred was called again to do Afrika! Afrika! 2013/2014 Europe tour to be the artist manager for 74 artists, backstage manager, assistant choreographer and he also served the production as a stage manager and a show caller. Most Recent: 2014, Alfred was a choreographer and a show caller for a show in Germany called Cotton Club. 1994: Actor in a drama production called DET Boys High 1998: Dancer and Dance Director, African Footprint Productions 2007: Dancer, Assistant Choreographer, Afrika! Afrika! Circus Show in Europe 2009: Dancer, Choreographer, backstage manager, Artists manager, Afrika! Afrika! Circus Show 2011: Choreographer and Assistant Director, Winnie The Opera theater production show 2011: Choreographer, Soweto Entsha Productions 2012 & 2013: Choreographer for Drumstruck productions 2013: Choreographer, Aca-Tatu Accapella group Since 2011: Resident choreographer for Mzansi Youth Choir, Ndlovu Choir, Roedean School Choir, Norton Rose Choir. 2013: Dance Director of a Movie called Blended featuring Hollywood actors Adan Sandler and Drew Berrymore 2013/2014: Artists Manager, Assistant Choreographer, Backstage manager and show caller, Afrika! Afrika! Circus Show 2014: Choreographer, Artists Manager and Show Caller, Cotton Club Dinner Show in Germany (Frankfurt) 2015: Event Manager for Corporate Dance Company SA. 2015: Choreographer and Director for Afrika! Afrika! Show in Tunisia at Carthage Festival.

After graduating from The National School of the Arts Darryn went on to train in various dance styles including Latin, Ballroom, Argentine Tango and Salsa. Specializing in wedding dance choreography for 10 years he has become a highly sort after wedding dance choreographer. He has performed and choreographed in countless corporate shows as well as co-ordinated the musicians and dancers for the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie 'Blended'. He fills the stilettos of SA's up and coming Drag Super Star 'Justine De Queer' who has graced not only graced stages such as Johannesburg Pride but has also made her TV deut on SA's top soapie 'Generations'

 

 

 

 Darryn Austin Phillips

After graduating from The National School of the Arts Darryn went on to train in various dance styles including Latin, Ballroom, Argentine Tango and Salsa. Specializing in wedding dance choreography for 10 years he has become a highly sort after wedding dance choreographer. He has performed and choreographed in countless corporate shows as well as co-ordinated the musicians and dancers for the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie 'Blended'. He fills the stilettos of SA's up and coming Drag Super Star 'Justine De Queer' who has graced not only graced stages such as Johannesburg Pride but has also made her TV deut on SA's top soapie 'Generations'

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