Carina Cullen

Carina Cullen has many years of dancing experience and is especially known for her focus on technique regarding both the American Smooth and International Standard styles. Her passion for dancing and theater is clearly visible through the remarkable achievements of her students at competitions as well as their performances on numerous television shows, adverts and renowned stage productions.

Teaching Experience

(2011 – 2012)  Latin American Ballroom Dance Instructor, Performer and Choreographer (SADF) Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s
(2012 – up to date) Founder of Phoenix Dance Company in Cape Town, South Africa. Dance Instructor, Performer and Choreographer. (International Dance Teachers’ Association, SADF and SADTA affiliated.)



International Dance Teachers’ Association Qualified: Distinction

BDram Degree (Stellenbosch University)
– Subjects:Theatre studies,Theatre skills, Theatre practice, Theatre arts, Cabaret (specialist lecturer: Martinus Basson), Media (specialist lecturers: Elsabe Daneel & Susan Beyers), Acting (specialist lecturer: Antionette Kellermann), English, French.

Music Certificate Diploma (Stellenbosch University)
– Piano, (Pierre-Hendrie Wicomb), Classical Singing (Coba Wicomb), Music Theory, Business Ethics.

Some Television series Carina performed on

The Apprentice (BBC)
         “The contributors loved it…The crew were thoroughly impressed by you both and I spoke with Naomi (the Producer Director on location) who said you were a delight to have there.” – Camilla Findlay | Producer

UK’s Love Island (iTV2)
         “Your experience and expertise looks second to none”  – Sunny Bradbury | Challenge Producer | Love Island Series

6Hectic Nine 9 (SABC 2)
DeafTV (SABC 3)
Vreemde Vriende (DSTV)

“I judge myself only on the success of my students” ~ Carina Cullen



Reggie Alexander Lawrence

During his 15 years of experience as a Ballroom and Latin Dance Instructor and performer, Reggie has taken hundreds of students under his wing and transformed them into beautiful dancers. He has choreographed a countless number of exhibitions and formations for a wide range of functions and shows including the Artscape School Arts Festival. He is known for his high standards in dancing and will always nurture his students to dance to the best of their ability.

“Dancing is an art, not a science. You are the brush and the floor is your canvas”
~Reggie Alexander Lawrence

Dance Experience

Worked as a Ballroom & Latin American Dance Instructor for 11 years at:
Fred Astaire Bredasdorp & Hermanus from August 2006 to April 2010
Fred Astaire Tygervalley, from May 2010 to April 2012
Phoenix Dance Company Panorama, Brackenfell & Bellville since 2013 to date
Competed in Pro-Am; Professional & Open Sections at:
South African Dance Foundation Regional and National Competitions (Yearly since 2012)
Fred Astaire Regional Championships. (2006; 2007; 2008; 2009)
Fred Astaire National Championships. (2007; 2009)
Several Fred Astaire Match Dances (between 2006 & 2010)
Phoenix Dance Company Match Dances (From 2012 up to date)
South African Dance Foundation Regional Championship (Yearly since 2011 up to date)
South African Dance Foundation National Championship (Yearly since 2011 up to date)
Humira Dance For Life Competition (2010)
Performed as a Professional Performer at:
Fred Astaire Regional Championships. (2006; 2007; 2008; 2009)
Fred Astaire National Championships. (2009)
Several in-studio events including: Student Exams; Match Dances; Studio Parties and Shows.
The Western Cape Youth Dance Challenge Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, Finals & Ultimate Finals (2011)
Cape Town International Convention Center (2010)
Grand West Casino (2011)
Western Theme Party at Ratanga Junction (2012)
Artscape (2010)
SADTA Provincials and Nationals 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Adjudicated at

The Western Cape Youth Dance Challenge Quarter Finals (2011)
The Western Cape Youth Dance Challenge Semi Finals (2011)
The Western Cape Youth Dance Challenge Finals (2011)
Bialamo’s dance studio (2015 & 2016)


Artscape School Arts festival (2011)
Bouquet Of Songs stage production at Curro Private (2011)
Several Dance Exhibitions for Television, Celebrity Weddings & Corporate Events
Shows; National Competitions; etc. (between 2006 & 2020)
Humira Dance For Life Competition (2010)

TV Appearances

The Apprentice (BBC)
UK’s Love Island (iTV2)
Hectic Nine 9 (SABC 2)
DeafTV (SABC 3)
Vreemde Vriende (DSTV)


Sheldon Pretorius

Sheldon Pretorius has been dancing since the age of 5. At the age of 18 he became a champion level dancer. He achieved 1st places in both local and international dance competitions including the internationally acclaimed Rumba in the Jungle.

Sheldon was not only Western Province Champion but also South African Ten Dance Champion from 2016 – 2018, a title many can only aspire to.

With this kind of experience under his belt Sheldon is the perfect fit for the Phoenix team. Outside of his exceptional dance background Sheldon’s warm and friendly personality has also won over the hearts of our many students who thoroughly enjoy his teaching style. 


London Louw

London’s dance journey started in 2002 at Mmabana arts council after school program in The North-West province  under the guidance of top ranking professional Latin American couple Thapelo Ramathlape and Nombulelo Thlati (of Strictly come dancing fame) as well as Puseletso Kgobokwe (cousin to Tebogo Kgobokwe, the strictly come dancing judge). From 2002 till 2008 London studied and competed in forms of dance which include Latin American, Ballroom standard, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and African modern dance with the lowest competition placing at a national level being fourth place during this period. These competitions include the SADF South African championships, the June 16 memorial competitions, the leopard challenges as well as the international IDSF sanctioned Rumba in the jungle competition where he received training from the worlds number 1 couple at the time Brian and Carmen.

Upon moving to Cape Town in 2009 London Joined UCT Dancesport and under the Guidance of Latin American coach Donovan Forbes and Standard coaches Ashley and Mavis .London switched focus to concentrate mainly on  the 10 dance ballroom curriculum where he competed under the Fedansa board and USSA inter- university competitions which not only included couple work, but formation and team match dances as well. Uct also did inter-university coaching so in this period London received training from UWC’s coach Chervonne van Der Ross and CPUT’s coach Tracy Howard. 

Upon final Graduation in 2011 London joined Foxtrot studios where he competed in the SADC boards as well as the dwc. Under the guidance of coaches Peter Van Der Heuwel and Meagan Lottering London received no lower than second place in local, national and provincial competition for both Adult rising star Latin American as well as Adult Open Championship Latin American and remained undefeated for three consecutive years in the Adult Pre- championship category of competition.

In 2013 London became a top 20 finalist for so you think you can dance South Africa season 3 and in 2014 became a top 4 finalist on Idols South Africa season 10 which launched him into a music career which he still continues to this day.


Phoenix Dance Company is a proudly South African company and is affiliated with the SADTA and the SADF South Africa Dance FoundationWorld Dance Council .