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Andries Weidemann was born in Pretoria and studied ballet at Pro Arte School. He joined The State Theatre Ballet as an aspirant in 1994 and rose to prominence during his first year with the company when David Bintley selected him to dance the Southern Cape Zebra in ‘Still Life at the Penguin Café’. During his time with STB he danced many Principal roles in the classics as well as roles in ballets by some of the twentieth century’s greatest choreographers. He also received two FNB Vita Awards. Before the closure of the State Theatre in 2000 he danced in Denmark, Finland and Sweden and then moved to Cape Town to dance with the Cape Town City Ballet. In 2001 he was invited to join the then newly formed South African Ballet Theatre.

As a dancer, his wide ranging repertoire includes many leading roles in full-length and shorter works. His roles for SABT have included Don José in Carmen, the Prince, Carabosse and the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty , the Prince and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, von Rothbart and Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the Summer pas de deux from Sean Bovim's I Will Say Goodbye Tomorrow and Napoli Act III with the Royal Danish Ballet, Bijahn in Papillon, the title role in Kenneth Greve's Hamlet, the Prince and Ugly Sister in Cinderella, Franz and Dr. Coppélius in Coppélia, Armand in La Traviata (where he partnered guest artist Margaret llmann), the Principal Man in Who Cares?, the Ballet Master in Conservatoire, and the Brother in Frank Staff's Transfigured Night, The Human in Drie Diere, the Le Corsair pas de deux, and Basilio in Don Quixote. In September 2003 Andries was part of the group of SABT dancers who performed with stars of The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark. He was also the first SABT dancer to guest with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe in 2006.

In January 2002 Andries founded The South African Ballet Theatre School, the affiliated training school of SABT, at the State Theatre, Pretoria. Under his direction the SABT School has grown to include a second school at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and currently teaches over 100 students. The School is also actively involved with the SABT Outreach programme.

As a choreographer, Andries’ work includes the 2003 Valentine Enchantment Finale, Libiamo (choreographed together with Christian Tátchev) and the Samson and Delilah pas de deux for the 2004 Valentine Enchantment programme (co-choreographed with Fiona Budd). Andries was also one of the six choreographers of SABT's 2004 production of Rock-a-Tutu, which was directed by Ian von Memerty. For the SABT School he choreographed Moipone: An African Cinderella Story (2002), Children’s Suite (2004) and Carnival of the Animals (2004). In 2006 he was invited to guest teach at the Western Australian Academy for the Performing Arts and created three new works: Pasticcio1, In the Night Sings the Breeze and The Joyous Decision. Andries has also choreographed for many private and corporate functions.

In 2005 and 2006 he received the Goeffrey Neimann and Brian van Rheede Award for best performance by a male dancer.

In 2004, Andries and his dance partner, Burnise Silvius, branched out into the world of motivational speaking, presenting talks and workshops on partnership, professionalism and teamwork to clients such as First National Bank, Rand Merchant Bank and ABSA.


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