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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


(Robin van Wyk)

Pietermaritzburg-born dancer Robin van Wyk will host the inaugural KZN Midlands Youth Ballet Company Summer School open to ballet students from pre-primary grade to advanced level. The School runs this week (March 3 to 8) at the Athlone Primary School, Old Howick Road, Pietermaritzburg and is open to ballet students from Primary Grade to Advanced.

Robin van Wyk, who is the Artistic Director of the Cape Town City Ballet, initiated The Midlands Youth Ballet Company in 2013 with the support of  Pietermaritzburg and Midlands-based members of the Royal Academy of Dance, the Cecchetti Society, and the Dance Academy of South Africa. The project forms part of the Cape Town City Ballet Children Education and Outreach Project.

The object is to promote the pursuit of and public interest in all aspects of ballet among the youth of KZN Midlands; to promote theatre dance as a cultural performing art; and to offer students of ballet a broad range of knowledge and experience of that art form.

The week culminates in a student performance entitled Tastes From The Nutcracker Ballet at the Winston Churchill Theatre on March 8 at 15h00 which will enable parents and friends to evaluate the progress achieved by the dancers in the space of a few days. Tickets will be sold at the theatre from 09h00.

For more information and to book phone the KZN Midlands Youth Ballet Company secretary at 0839525714 or e-mail

(NB: Robin van Wyk will return to Pietermaritzburg later in the year to audition for a full length Youth Ballet to be choreographed and directed by him in the Winston Churchill Theatre in the year 2015. The Youth Ballet will include guest star dancers from Cape Town City Ballet.)