Under the direction of Evelyne Aregger Esterhuyse, classes at Cape Ballet Centre aim to bring the joy of dancing into the studio and give every student the opportunity to dance with confidence and incorporate the skills they acquire through dancing into their daily lives.

 

Cape Ballet Centre caters to all ages and abilities, from beginner to advanced, and embraces an ethos of support and generosity that enables dancers to learn and develop at their own pace in a positive and inspiring environment.

Our professional studio is fully equipped with sprung floors, mirrors, changing rooms, a shower and an additional warm-up studio.

 

 

Instructors


Evelyne Aregger Esterhuyse, Switzerland
Director of Cape Ballet Centre
Teaching Diploma TD RAD
Certified Vaganova Method

Evelyne, who was born in Lucerne, Switzerland has been teaching dance to both children and adults for 20 years. She started her ballet training in the RAD and Vaganova methods and in 1993 she moved to Cologne, Germany, where she completed the three-year Professional Dancers’ Teaching course of the Royal Academy of Dance. From 1996 to 2005 Evelyne taught students from pre-ballet to advanced levels in a multiple-dance school in Cologne, where she managed the ballet department. In 2003 Evelyne completed the professional teaching study in the Russian Vaganova Method. Looking for new challenges and inspirations, Evelyne moved to Cape Town in 2005, where she initially did volunteer work in the townships. She opened the Cape Ballet Centre in 2007 and aims to provide classes that are musical and challenging but that are also well balanced to provide fun and enjoyment.


Lauren Rogers 
Senior Soloist from Cape Town City Ballet

Lauren started dancing at the age of three, training in the RAD method. After matriculating she studied at UCT School of Dance, graduating in 2005 with a Dance Teachers’ Diploma, majoring in ballet and contemporary dance. While studying at UCT, Lauren danced as an Apprentice with Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB). She joined CTCB as an Artist in 2006. She was promoted to a Soloist in 2010, and to Senior Soloist in 2012. For four years, Lauren taught ballet to the Amy Biehl Foundation girls as part of CTCB’s outreach and development programme. Lauren’s experience includes teaching dance to students at UCT School of Dance, Cape Junior Ballet, and Cape Academy of Performing Arts. She has been teaching open adult classes at CBC since 2013.


Natalie Faber  
RAD RTS

Natalie is a Capetonian who has been dancing since the age of three. She began her training with Nicolette Reid and Gillian Saffrey, and later trained in Johannesburg with Bernice Van Dyken, with whom she completed all her RAD grades. Thereafter, she danced as a member of the Johannesburg Youth Ballet Company from 1998 to 2000. After relocating to London, Natalie continued her ballet training at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters and completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Natalie taught in various ballet schools around Cape Town and started her employment at Cape Ballet Centre in 2012.


Lindy Raizenberg
Qualified Ballet and Irish Dance Teacher
Masters in Choreography

Lindy Raizenberg studied at UCT Ballet School (now UCT School of Dance) and was a member of CAPAB Ballet Company (now Cape Town City Ballet) for 10 years.  During this time she choreographed a number of ballets for the company.  She started teaching ballet at the School of Dance shortly after leaving the ballet company and has been a member of staff since then, receiving her Masters in Choreography from UCT in 2003.  She has choreographed regularly for the School, is convenor of the Classical Ballet course and the Choreographic Studies course.  Lindy is a guest teacher for CTCB, Bovim Ballet, SA National Dance Trust and the SA International Ballet Competition. She is also a qualified Irish Dance teacher. 


Carmen Davidson  
Teaching Diploma TD RAD
 

Carmen grew up in East London and studied ballet under the late Geraldine Cross. After matriculating, she first studied ballet teaching at UCT Ballet School followed by Diagnostic Radiography at Groote Schuur Hospital. Grateful for the deeper knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology gained from her radiography studies, Carmen began her ballet teaching career in 1995, teaching children and adults in Port Elizabeth, Margate and Benoni. In 2013, she returned to East London to take over the direction of the Geraldine Cross School of Ballet, and completed the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance in London. 


Pianist

 

Gavrin Mahaffey   

Gavrin has always had an interest in ballet but decided to transfer her interest from the dance studio to the piano. In her twenties, she gained years of experience playing the piano for Cape Town City Ballet, as well as for dance instructor and director, Dianne Cheesman. She currently plays for the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. With many years’ experience as an RAD and Cecchetti exam pianist, Gavrin enjoys inspiring dancers with improvised music and is constantly motivated by the work dancers do.