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Written by: Lizette Nel

This is how I remember you............

You were every ballet teacher's dream pupil.

I still remember your first lesson - Big intelligent eyes, beautiful little legs and feet, leotard and tights a bit oversized.

You were talented with a pleasing personality, always enthusiastic and keen to improve and please.
You did well in all your exams and eisteddfods.
I followed your progress through your high school and Technikon years.
I was delighted when I heard that you were head of the Outreach Dance programme at the Technikon Pretoria and later when you became Head of the Dance Department at the National School of the Arts and especially when you opened your own studio.

I was always so proud of you!
You had so much to offer!
I am extremely sad that you are not here anymore!

Danelle started her classical ballet training at the age of six, with Lizette Nel in Pretoria. During her matric year she danced with Paula Olivier and was accepted to study a National Diploma in Ballet at the Technikon Pretoria the following year. There she received training in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, African and Spanish dance techniques and she received her Diploma in 1996. Danelle was one of six dancers chosen from auditions throughout South Africa to dance professionally in the Sun City extravaganzas Beyond Belief and Baletsatsi.

Danelle was later employed by Vicki Karras as head of the Outreach Dance Programme at the Pretoria Technikon, where she taught Classical Ballet in Soshanguve, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi. At the end of 2002 she received her B Tech Dance Degree, Cum Laude, and received her R.A.D. Teachers training Certificate. She taught psychology and anatomy to the graduates at the South African Ballet Theatre.

In 2003 the National School of Arts in Johannesburg appointed her as Head of Department Dance. She was appointed as Examiner for Grade 12 Dance History and Choreography in 2004 and later also served as Moderator for Grade 12 Contemporary dance in Gauteng and as National Chief Examiner for FET Dance Studies. During 2004 she was a member of the Performing Arts SGB. In 2005 she was awarded the Sancta Award for best-Choreography in a musical for her work in Little Shop of Horrors. At the National School of Arts she choreographed Exit-Dance in 2003, Climbatized and More than Anything in 2004, Prophecy and It's not too fast, you're too slow in 2005. In 2006 she choreographed Life Cycles which was performed at the Wits Theatre and at the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

Danelle completed her M Tech Dance Degree through the Tshwane University of Technology in 2007. During the same year the Royal Academy of Dance awarded Danelle her final Teaching Certificate with distinction. She has also taught Arts Administration 2 and Didactics to 4th year students at the Tshwane University of Technology.

In January 2008, Danelle opened her own studio, Triple Bill Dance Academy in Pretoria, where she presented Choreography courses, Dance and Pilates classes as well as Stretch & Tone exercise classes.


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