Carina Cullen

Carina Cullen has many years of dancing experience and is especially known for her focus on technique regarding the American 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

(2009 up to date)  Dancing: Instructor, Choreographer, Performer. .
(2009 – 2011)  Latin American Ballroom Dance Instructor and Choreographer (SADTA) (Stellenbosch)
(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. (SADF and SADTA)

Other Qualifications

2009 – 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.
2010 – 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)


Chantell Aylward

Having danced international Latin, Standard Ballroom, Smooth Ballroom and Rhythm Latin from a very young age and achieving first place for every competition she has ever entered, Chantell has decided to dedicate her professional life to dancing.

She has made appearances on several television shows, even before the young age of seventeen.  She has since gained countless hours of experience teaching students from all walks of life, passing on her excellent technical knowledge resulting in numerous podium positions for all her students.

Aside from her work with competitive students she has also choreographed countless exhibitions for shows, weddings and corporate functions leaving all her clients feeling confident and delighted with the end result.

With all her experience and her bubbly personality, Chantell has become an invaluable asset to the Phoenix family.


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