ARAD, Adv. Teaching Dip., Life Member and recipient of President's Award A.I.D.T.- Director and fellow N.S.D.T.- Member.
Anna Nell passed away on 13th December 2007. This gracious lady is deeply mourned and will be remembered by many dancers, teachers and dance enthusiasts all over the world.
Anna Nell started her dancing career at the age of 10. In her own words: "I was sent to learn ballet because I was so clumsy and was always falling over and crashing into things". Her dance training extended beyond ballet to Spanish and Greek dancing as well as modern. Her extensive training covered several continents but she settled in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, where she ran her successful, well known and renowned studio for 45 years. During those years and beyond she was constantly engaged in teaching and coaching students, training new teachers, choreographing, judging, examining and compiling a new syllabus for the AIDT.
For over 20 years she served on the South African Advisory Committee of the Royal Academy of Dance and when this was dissolved in the early 1980's she remained dedicated to the Academy and the several regional panels which were formed throughout South Africa. She was always involved in one way or another with the Adeline Genee Silver Trophy Competition, the RAD Easter or Winter Schools, adjudicating, guest teaching or choreographing.
She was recipient of the Rotarians Award for the Advancement of the Arts in the West Rand area. She was also the co-founder and convenor of the West Rand Festival of Arts (WRFA) for 30 years. In the 1980's (during the apartheid era) Anna Nell ran a huge campaign to change the local Town Councils' rather conservative views to open the West Rand Festival of Arts to all races. This involved protracted negotiations with the Council, forming of petitions and much publicity. Eventually the Town Council changed its policies and this was the beginning of many changes in Krugersdorp and the Town council became one of the most progressive in the country at the time.
Anna Nell portrayed a huge role in the development of dance on the African continent and for her lifetime of commitment, dedication and unfailing loyalty she was honoured in 1998 with the Presidents' Award, created by Dame Antoinette Sibley, President of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Miss Nell will forever be missed. We convey our deepest sympathies to her family and lifelong friend, Madeline Rowland.
THIS IS HOW A BALLET MOM AND STUDENT REMEMBER MISS NELL
"To students and moms alike she was Miss Nell. Not Anna or anything else, but Miss Nell.
What Miss Nell taught our children, we can see being applied, even in their adult lives- discipline, love of dance and good music and long lasting values.
The source of her teaching resulted in delight and pride at seeing our children dance.
" To teach is to touch a life forever "
Miss Nell thank you for touching our lives. - Loukie Nel & Lilani Vlok