For those residents who love moving their bodies to the rhythm of music there is good news – as of next Wednesday Hermanus will have a brand-new dance school.

nce teacher Nadine Venter with dance students Zuri Baxter, Anne Spires and Alana Hewett.

Registered dance instructor Nadine Venter, who grew up in a home filled with song and dance where both her parents were avid dancers, will open the JD Academy on 1 May at Inn Afrika behind the Whale Coast Mall.

“When my daughter, Madicyn and I moved to Hermanus a few years ago we realised there was a void in the dancing environment, particularly as far as competitive dancing was concerned. As we both love dancing, I took it upon myself to train Madicyn myself and entered her in every conceivable local competition,” says Nadine. “During this time word quickly spread and soon five young, enthusiastic dancers joined my training classes for Madicyn.”   

Due to her interest in Hip-Hop dancing (and with it being an ever-present genre), more and more children asked her to assist them with training and competitions. “After this it was a natural progression for me to open a dance school with Hip-Hop as its focus, as I have always been passionate about it.”

According to Nadine, once she took the decision to open her school two years ago, things snowballed pretty fast to the point where she is proud to announce that Wiaan Laing, Anene Schreuder-Engelbrecht and Kerryn Leigh Porter will be joining the dance studio as specialised instructors.

Wiaan is a former dance teacher and SA champion. He has agreed to train the ever-growing “boys only” classes, as well as the senior Hip Hop classes. Anene, who studied at the UCT School of Ballet and attended the American Academy of Ballet, will be working with JD Academy’s enthusiastic ballet students.

Kerryn is a three-times Dança SA Latin Championship finalist and she will be taking the Latin and Classical students under her wing, helping them to prepare for the upcoming South African Championships to be held at the end of June. Nadine is also excited to announce that her regularly-requested adult classes will be in full swing as of May.

Nadine firmly believes in the ethos of allowing youngsters the freedom to not only learn, but to enjoy and embrace the art and discipline of dance. “Not all children want to compete and not all children excel on the sports field, but all children need to be healthy and active. Dance allows them to be active and have fun while doing so. We teach fun, short dance routines that will have even your computer addict bopping,” she says.

After all is said and done, Nadine’s dream is to establish a safe, healthy and happy environment for all her dancers, where budding young students of all ages are able to cultivate and express themselves, in the full confidence that one day they too will be able to live out their dreams – whether it be to shine on stage, just have fun, get fit, start a new hobby or even end up in New York City.  Whatever it may be, her goal is to help them keep their feet on the ground and strive for their dreams.

JD Dance Academy is located at 1 Aloe Lane, Sandbaai. For more information, email Nadine on justdanceacademy@outlook.com or call 082 923 7992.

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