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Angela Malan was born in Johannesburg and studied with Lynne Fouch as well as at Pro Arte, Pretoria and The National School of the Arts, Johannesburg.

At the age of 16 she took up scholarships at Scuola de Danza, Florence, Italy and at the National Ballet School of Canada, Toronto and joined the ranks of the National Ballet of Canada, staying there for 5 years.

She returned to South Africa in 1994 and joined PACT Ballet, becoming a Principal Dancer of the State Theatre Ballet in 1998 and dancing most of the company's principal roles.

Along with Iain MacDonald and Karen Beukes, Angela choreographed her first full-length ballet, The Nutcracker as well as Giselle and Sleeping Beauty for the ex- State Theatre and Dance Company members in December 2000.

Angela is a Principal Dancer and was a founder member of The South African Ballet Theatre and was part of the original Executive Committee as well as being the Rehearsal Director. She stepped down from the Executive Committee and her management role in September 2003 so as to concentrate fully on her dancing career.

Angela also assists the Company with teaching and coaching as well as choreographing. In 2004 she choreographed a new work to the Flower Duet from 'Lakm' for the Valentine Enchantment season.

Her roles with SABT have included the title roles in 'Giselle' and Veronica Paeper's 'Carmen', Odette/Odile in 'Swan Lake', Swanhilda in 'Copplia', Terpsichore in 'Apollo' (in collaboration with the Royal Danish Ballet and partnered by Nikolaj Hubb of the New York City Ballet, for which she won the first Geoffrey Nieman and Brian van Rheede Award), Aurora in 'Sleeping Beauty', the Winter pas de deux in Sean Bovim's 'I Will Say Goodbye Tomorrow', the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in 'Nutcracker', Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet'(partnered by Kenneth Greve, Principal Dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet), Ophelia and Gertrude in Kenneth Greve's 'Hamlet', the title role in Veronica Paeper's 'Cinderella', the Older Sister in Frank Staff's 'Transfigured Night', Principal Lady in 'Conservatoire' (produced by Peter Bo Bendixen of the Royal Danish Ballet) and two of the Principal Ladies in 'Who Cares', produced by Elyse Borne of the Balanchine Trust. She also created the role of Cleo, Queen of Denial in SABT's 2004 production of 'Rock-a-Tutu'..

She has also appeared as Camille in 'La Traviata' and Aurora in 'The Sleeping Beauty', partnered by Friedemann Vogel, Principal Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet. In November 2005 she was invited to guest as Odette / Odile in the Zurich Ballet's 'Swan Lake' and completed the year as Cinderella in SABT's Christmas season of that ballet. Ms Malan performed the title role of The Sphinx in Veronica Paepers Drie Diere in 2006 as well as the title roles in Hamlet.

In July 2007, she was invited to return to Brazil to perform alongside Nikolaj Hubbe in Balanchines Apollo and made her SABT debut in the Prelude role in Les Sylphides staged by Dianne Richards as well as Mercedes in Don Quixote. She recreated this role at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown when the SA Ballet Theatre performed on the Main programme in July.

In October 2008, Angela was promoted to Senior Principal dancer along with her long-time dance partner Iain MacDonald. In November 2008, she was the recipient of the prestigious Madge Cade Award in April 2009 in recognition of her commitment to The SABT.

In June 2009, Angela was invited to appear as guest artist with the Cape Town City Ballet in their production of Swan Lake at the Artscape Theatre. She performed the dual role of Odette / Odile opposite Xola Putye as Prince Siegfried.

In September 2008 she performed the title role of Giselle opposite Junor Oliveira de Souza from English National Ballet, as well as Myrthe in SABTs season at the Joburg Theatre.

Ms Malan completed eight one performances of the Joburg Theatres annual pantomime Pinocchio in 2009 and performed in Swan Lake in February 2010.

In 2010, Ms Malan has been invited to appear as a guest artist by Peter Bo Bendixen (Artistic Director of the Pantomime Theatre and Ballet Gstespil) in Tivoli, Copenhagen.

She then joined Mzansi Productions as Ballet Mistress and Coach.


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