Ms Suellen De Villiers

Senior RAD Registered Ballet Mistress


  • Adult Ballet
  • Ballet (RAD Syllabus)
  • Pre-School (3-4 years old)

Qualifications

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate with Distinction

Mentor for Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS)

Instructor de Baile – Spanish Dance Society

Professor de Baile Diploma – Spanish Dance Society

Bachelor of Arts – University of South Africa

Bachelor of Diagnostic Radiography – University of Johannesburg

 

Biography

Ms Suellen’s career can aptly be described as colourful. She has spent as much time in a boardroom as on a spotlight on stage; or the bright light on the ER. She has guided dancers through careers and accomplished surgeons through surgeries. She has always taken on different challenges treating all opportunities with passion and tenacity.

South African born, she commenced her dancing career at a very young age of 2 years influenced by a family of ballet teachers. Her Secondary education was at the National School of the Arts in South Africa where she graduated as a Dance Major. This provided  her with a wonderful foundation with exposure to a variety of dance genres and world renowned choreographers and teachers. She was trained for all graded and Vocational RAD exams under Ms Reina Berman and Ms Joyce Myroff (RAD examiners). Her education at the school included Anatomy, Dance Kinesiology, History of Ballet and Music Appreciation. She also developed a keen passion and expertise  for Classical Spanish and Flamenco under  Rhoda Rivikind (Luisa Cortes) She was awarded for classical ballet and Spanish dance on numerous dance platforms within South Africa and the proud  recipient of the RAD and Mercedes Molina Bursaries. Her training education also involved collaboration with PACT Ballet under the guidance from Nicola Middlemist learning appreciation and skill of mixed  repertoire.

After a Rotary Exchange program in Argentina Suellen decided to follow in her mothers’ footsteps and qualified for her RAD Teaching certification (1995) with a Distinction under Ms Jaqueline Wells.

Suellen can boast a 23 year Teaching history in both ballet and Spanish dance. She has helped train and coach students on all levels working to develop a passion and skill in dance in a nurturing environment. Through these years her choreographies have been highly awarded on both a national and international level in South Africa and the Asia Pacific region. Her students have progressed to  International Ballet schools  and in dance companies in Spain.

Ms Suellen is also a mentor for the RAD Teaching studies and has helped to groom dancers coaching them  into successful ballet teachers.