After matriculating from Waterkloof High School in Tshwane in 1996, she travelled to Kansas in the USA on a Track and Field scholarship and completed a Bachelor Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, at Wichita State University. She returned to SA in 2000 to further her studies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2008. After completing her articles at Middel & Partners Incorporated, she started her career at Packed House Productions and has since worked for various companies in the theatre and television industry. She joined Joburg Ballet in 2017 as Financial Accountant. She is an active member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Assistant Stage Manager and Company Assistant
Lerato Letlape was raised in Alexandra, SA, and educated at Northwest High School, matriculating in 2004. A passion for dance led to associations with, among others, Johannesburg Youth Ballet, Mzansi Onstage Festival, David Matamela, Kelsey Middleton, Dance Factory, Soweto Dance Project and Joburg Ballet.
Teacher, Joburg Ballet School
Thabang Mabaso was born in Orange Farm, SA. He attended the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg, where he studied Drama and Dance. In 2012 he joined Joburg Ballet as an aspirant dancer and in 2014 was promoted to the corps de ballet. He now holds the rank of Soloist.
He has danced roles in The Nutcracker Re-Imagined, La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Paquita, Flower Festival at Genzano, Giselle, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty as well as in several shorter ballets.
He has studied the Cuban ballet teaching methodology and the Cecchetti Method and teaches ballet for Joburg Ballet and Joburg Ballet School. In 2014 he participated in the South African International Ballet Competition, reaching the semi-finals. He has toured with Joburg Ballet to Oman and China and has been awarded the Marigold Hutton Award for services to Joburg Ballet.
Teacher, Joburg Ballet School
Tshego Masoabi was born and raised in Johannesburg. She started dancing at age eight, training primarily in ballet and also being exposed to Modern, National and Contemporary Dance training. She competed in many dance competitions and eisteddfods. In 2012, she was appointed as teacher’s assistant at The Dance Junction where she was trained. She started working at Joburg Ballet as a Development Teacher in 2014 and completed her Dance Teachers Training Course with the Dance Academy of South Africa (DASA) in 2016.
PA to the CEO and Artistic Director; Schools Co-ordinator
Nozipho Mhlambi was born and raised in Mpumalanga. She completed Matric in 1998 and worked several part-time positions from 2001 until she was made a co-ordinator of the gospel group, Sisters in Praise, where she worked from 2004 to 2010. She studied Sales and Marketing at the Academy of Learning and Arts and Culture Administration with CATHSSETA. In 2013 she joined Joburg Ballet as an Intern Arts Administrator and was appointed Schools Co-ordinator for Joburg Ballet in 2014. She now also holds the position of Personal Assistant to the CEO and Artistic Director.
Teacher, Joburg Ballet School
Carmen Patterson-Walz graduated with a Diploma in Ballet from the University of Cape Town, successfully majoring in many dance forms. In 1988 she became a founder member of the PACT Contemporary Dance Company under the directorship of Esther Nasser. She later joined the Free Flight Dance Ensemble led by Adele Blank, touring extensively in SA and internationally. After receiving four FNB Vita nominations, she was voted Most Outstanding Female Dancer in a Contemporary Style. She has also used her skillset to serve on the panel of adjudicators for the Sanlam International Ballet Competition at the State Theatre. After obtaining her Cecchetti Associate Teacher’s Diploma, she has fulfilled her dream of running her own ballet school, saying she loves nothing more than bringing the gift of dance to the world. She joined Joburg Ballet School as a Teacher in 2020.
Yolanda Roos completed studies in civil engineering but finding it not creatively challenging, moved to fashion design and marketing. She was runner-up in the Miss Earth Young Designer Competition and went on to win it the second time with her garment being worn by Miss Earth South Africa at the Miss World Earth in the Philippines. Her designs for dance costumes have represented SA at various international competitions. She says she has always loved the flair and the drama of costumes designed for the stage, so when the opportunity came to work in Joburg Ballet’s wardrobe, she could not resist.
Teacher and Co-ordinator, Joburg Ballet School
Jo-Anne Wyngaard is a Cape Town native and started her ballet training at the Cape Flats Distress Association (CAFDA) at age 6 at the insistence of her Sub A teacher, Mrs. Pillay. She danced at CAFDA under the instruction of Francis Harrison, Wendy Abrahams and Anita Van der Merwe. She also participated in both Ballet and Modern Dance with Stephanie Rutherford and later Trish Notcutt. She also did a series of workshops, dancing with Diane Fincham and Debbie Turner. She later taught Modern Dance at the EOAN Group with Abeedah Medell and Henry Paulse and then worked for AfroArimba as a production assistant, where all shows where performed on the Costa Cruise ships. During her recovery from breast cancer in 2014, she started working for Joburg Ballet as a teacher in the Satellite Schools. She qualified as a Cecchetti Associate teacher at the age of 49 and in 2019 she was appointed Co-ordinator of the Joburg Ballet School.
Mishack Phaladi was educated at Sharpville College. He worked in the industrial sector and as a Stage Technician at the Joburg Theatre before joining Joburg Ballet as a Company Driver.
Ticketing and Office Manager
Edgar Moagi matriculated at Khudu Senior Secondary School in 1993. He enrolled for Bachelor of Arts at the University of The North (now University of Limpopo) which he completed in 1998. In 2001-2002 he registered for a Certificate in Office Administration at the Academy of Learning. He joined The South African Ballet Theatre (now Joburg Ballet) in April 2004 and is the company’s Ticketing and Office Manager.