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SUMMER SCHOOL, 2015

Guest Faculty: Nicolette Loxton (left) & Lynne Totham (right)
(Photos: Margie Marnewick)

Jonathan Payn

Born in Ipswich, Jonathan Payn trained with his mother, Janet Kinson, before joining the Royal Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1993; Soloist, 2000; First Soloist, 2006. His repertory includes Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Dr Coppélius (Coppélia), Henry Hobson and Albert Prosser (Hobson’s Choice), Major Domo (Cinderella), Edward Elgar and A.J. Jaeger (Enigma Variations), Red King (Checkmate), King Florestan XXIV (The Sleeping Beauty), the Sultan (Aladdin), Monsieur Cochon (Beauty and the Beast) and The Emperor (The Prince of the Pagodas). His choreography includes Into the Ferment (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and ballets for Elmhurst School for Dance and National Youth Ballet. He is a qualified ballet teacher of the Cecchetti method and guest teaches for the Cecchetti Society and ACE Dance and Music. He acted as Company Manager for the Company’s 2007 and 2008 split tours and in 2012/13 participated in the Dance UK Dancers’ mentoring scheme for future leaders in dance.
(Photo credit: Andrew Ross)


CYRIL BEAUMONT BURSARY AWARD

Cyril Beaumont Finalists with Vincent Hantam (Photo: Celia Davis)

Back Row from L - R: Katherine Anderson, Kathleen Videira, Hannah Ward, Kayla Geldenhuys. Front Row seated: Mr. Vincent Hantam

The Cyril Beaumont Bursary Award Competition was held in December 2013 at Hilton College, Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal during the week of the National Summer School.

Finalists were Katherine Anderson (Durban), Kayla Geldenhuys (Pretoria), Kathleen Videira (Johannesburg) and Hannah Ward (Durban).

The 2013 Cyril Beaumont Bursary of R50, 000.00 was awarded to Kathleen Videira, student of Sayward Harris (Art of Motion SA). Adjudicators were Ms Nicolette Loxton, Ms Kate Simmons and Dr Eduard Greyling.

Superb preliminary and finalist classes were conducted by Mr Vincent Hantam, with outstanding musical accompaniment by Mr Danie Fourie.

Cyril Beaumont Winner Kathleen Videira (Photo: Celia Davis)

CECCHETTI INTERNATIONAL - CLASSICAL BALLET INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, 2014

The following South African dancers have been authorised to compete in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition in the USA later this year: Katherine Anderson (Durban), Kayla Geldenhuys (Pretoria), Mikayla Isaacs (Cape Town), Kirsten Johnson (Johannesburg), Kathleen Videira (Johannesburg) and Hannah Ward (Durban).

Class with Guest Teacher Kate Simmons (Photos: Celia Davis & Kate Simmons)

Class with Guest Teacher Lynne Totham - Contemporary (Photo: Celia Davis)

Rehearsals for the Final night performance (Photos: Celia Davis)


NATIONAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 2015

The National Annual General Meeting of the Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa will be held on Saturday 9th May 2015.
Location and venue: Randpark Golf Club, Setperk Street, Randpark, Johannesburg
Time: 14h30

ANATOMY STUDY COURSES I & II

Application forms: Available from Headquarters
Examination fee, including marking: R2, 000.00
Closing Date of Entry: 30th June 2015
Examination date: Saturday 7th November 2015
Examination venues:

  • Johannesburg: Headquarters, 201 Hilwin, 42 8th Street, Linden
  • Cape Town: 3 Downes Way, Edgemead, Cape Town, 7441
  • KwaZulu - Natal: 28 Manor Drive, Manor Gardens, Durban 400


    OPTIONAL MUSIC FOR TEST EXAMINATIONS

    Comprising four CDs with accompanying sheet-music, this will be available at a cost of R1,000.00 from 1 April 2011.

    ABOUT THE MUSIC

    Compiled by Jennifer Louw and played by Pieter van Zyl, this consists of, in the main, music composed by Kenneth Robertson who was commissioned in 1983 by Ms Faith de Villiers, then Chairperson of the Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa, to write music for the existing Grade Syllabi as well as supplementary music for the Test Examinations.

    ABOUT THE PIANIST

    Pieter van Zyl obtained his B.Mus. from the University of Stellenbosch, the M.Mus from U.P.E. and holds the Performer’s Licentiate from Unisa and the Royal Schools of Music. His teachers included Lamar Crowson, Danie Smit, Makkie Loubser, Nancy Hofmeyer, Betsie Cluver and Neil Solomon. He has given a number of recitals at St Martin-in-the-Field in London and in 2009 performed with the Orchestra of the Academy of St Andrews. Together with clarinettist Matthew Reid, Pieter was awarded the KANNA prize for best classical performance at the Klein Karoo Festival, 2009. He has also been musical director for three theatre productions presented by the Claremont Colleges (California) involving the first performances of music by the American composer Tom Flaherty. His first commercial CD was recently released in November this year.

    Pieter balances his love for music with a passion for theatre. He trained in the Mime Corporel technique and philosophy of French theatre-master Etienne Decroux, performing for three years throughout UK and Europe in the theatre company, Theatre de l’Ange Fou. As musician and actor, Pieter has worked throughout South Africa as well as Zimbabwe, Britain, Belgium, France, Greece and California. He holds his Advanced 1 certificate in the Cecchetti Method.


    ASSOCIATE FIRST AID COURSES

    The following organisations are recommended for future courses where assessments and examinations form part of the two to three day process:
    St. John’s
    Dynamikos: www.dynamikos.co.za