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Carina Cullen  

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

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

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.

 

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During his 11 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 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

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) 

Choreographed: 
 Artscape School Arts festival (2011) 
 Bouquet Of Songs stage production at Curro Private (2011) 
 Several Dance Exhibitions for Celebrity Weddings; Corporate Events, Television
 Shows; National Competitions; etc. (between 2006 & 2015) 
 Humira Dance For Life Competition (2010)
TV Appearances:
Hectic Nine 9 (SABC 2)

DeafTV  (SABC 3)

 

Christopher Molifie

Christopher Molifie started dancing at the age of six. He’s a South African Ballroom star who needs very little introduction.  Champion titles he has won include:

2002 South Africa Adult Champion winner
2003 South African Adult Champion runner up
2004 South African Adult Champion runner up
2005 Leopard challenge winner
2005 Gold Cup winner
2005 South African Champion
2006 Western Province Champion
2006 South African Champion
2007 Western Cape Regional Championship runner up
2007 South African Champion
2008 Undefeated Vodacom champion
2009 Turn professional

2009 Runner up in Professional Ballroom Champion
2010 South Africa Champion winner
2011 Western Province Champion winner
2011 South African Professional Championship winner
2012 Western Province Championship runners up
2012 South African Championship runner’s up
2013 Western Province runner’s up
2013 South African Champion
2014 Western Province winner
2014 South African runner up

 

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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 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 Bryan Watson & Carmen Vincelj.

Upon moving to Cape Town in 2009 London Joined UCT Dancesport and under the Guidance of Latin American coach Donovan Forbes and Ballroom 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 also launched him into a music career which he still continues to this day.

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