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Guest speakers

Laura Bösenberg

Laura became a full time company member at Cape Town City Ballet in 2004, was promoted to Soloist in 2006, Principal Dancer in 2009 and in 2014 became the company’s Senior Principal Ballerina.

 

In 2004 she was chosen as Best Newcomer to the company, in 2008, she was awarded the Phyllis Spira Memorial Award and later that year became a finalist in the first South African International Ballet Competition. She has been the recipient of the Cape Town City Ballet's most outstanding Female Performer Award in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 as well as receiving the Sir Geoffrey Nieman and Brian van Rheede Award in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015. In 2015 she was recognized by the South African Mobokodo Awards and chosen as a nominee in the Dance category. These awards recognise strong South African woman who have made an impact on the arts in South Africa

 

Career highlights include national and international touring with Cape Town City Ballet, being asked to guest perform with Joburg Ballet in Swan Lake, Carmen and Romeo and Juliet, and working with the many international guest teachers and choreographers such as John Neumeier, Rudi van Danzig, Lynn Wallace and others who have worked with the company. In 2017, Laura was invited to dance Sleeping Beauty with the Duchy Ballet in Cornwall, England.

 

Highlighted leading roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Rudi van Danzig's Vier Letzte Liede (Spring), Spring and Fall Leading couple (john Neumeier), Pas de Deux in Le Sacre by John Neumeier, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Coppelia, title roles in Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and Camille, Valecienne in The Merry Widow, the Sylph in la Sylphide and les Sylphide, Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Concerto by Kenneth MacMillan and The Firebird amongst others as well as works by both local and international choreographers such as Adele Blank, Sean Bovim, Robert North, John Neuimeier, Rudi van Danzig and Heinz Spoerli to name a few.

Kim Viera

Blessed with a rich heritage of ballet experience with The Dutch National Ballet in The Netherlands for 10 years, The State Theatre Ballet for 4 years and Cape Town City Ballet as a Principal and Senior Principal and Rèpètiteur for 12 years, Kim’s creativity and experience shines through her passion for teaching and coaching.

Highlights of her Career as a dancer were, Lise in La fille mal gardée. Veronica Paeper’s Carmen and Camille. David Bintly’s Penguin Café. Giselle and Queen of the Willis. Fairy God Mother in The Sleeping Beauty. Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere.

 

Dancing in many of Hans Van Manen’s pieces (iconic, Situations) and Rudy Van Dantzig’s Ballets. Solitaire, Lead Lady by Kenneth MacMillan taught by Lynn Wallis. Lead Lady Raymonda. Lead Lady

Le Pappillon- The Butterfly. Black Swan. Rubies and who Cares taught by Patricia Neary (Balanchine). Valencienne in the Merry Widow by Ronald Hynd. Choo San Goh, Unknown Territory, taught by Janek Schergen. Only to name a few.

She works alongside well-known choreographers in Cape Town City Ballet to bring their pieces to fruition on the stage. Some of her highlights as Repetiteur were working with Lynn Wallis in Solitaire and Les Sylphides. Kennith Tindal in Polarity. Veronica Paper in Carmen, Christmas Carol and Cinderella, Julian Moss with Troy Games, Serenade (Balanchine) by

Rebecca Metzger. Concerto Barocco (Balanchine) by Diane White.

On passing her Cecchetti Associates (teachers) she now brings her experience to younger dancers in South Africa and is currently completing her Cecchetti Associate Diploma.

Spreading her horizons, Kim owns Dancebykim- DBK a bespoke leotard making company servicing National and International clients. Kim has become a licenced GYROTONIC® trainer. Along with rehab and wellbeing she is also a Sports and Holistic Massage therapist through the Healing Hands Wellness Institute.

 

Kim has also completed a two-year business course, Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice, through Varsity College.

Mikayla Isaacs

Mikayla is currently an Artist at Cape Town City Ballet.

 

She has been dancing from the age of 6 years old. She has been with CTCB for just over 5 years and has since danced many roles in ballets such as Serenade, Ingoma, Swan Lake, Falling Angels and Sleeping Beauty to name a few. She is incredibly passionate about this art form and how the body works