South African International Ballet Competition Gala in Joburg on 7 September 2017


Maria Rudenko with Artemiy Pyzhov

Dirk Badenhorst, founder and CEO of the South African International Ballet Competition held in Cape Town every second year, is hosting a Gala performance of classical and neo classical works performed by leading professional dancers from South Africa, Russia, Spain, Mongolia, Armenia, USA, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt and Mexico.

Fans of South African dancers, Angela Malan and Andile Ndlovu (from Washington Ballet), will be delighted to see them performing again.  Russian ballerina Maria Rudenko partnered by Artemiy Pyzhov, Monier Javier Jouve from Spain, Anujin Otgontugs from Mongolia, Hassan Eltabie from Egypt, Mariam Karapetyan from Armenia, Jonhal Fernandez from Mexico, Lissi Baez from Cuba, and Dzianis Klimuk from Belarus.

Dirk Badenhorst coined the term “Ballet Diplomacy”, and now, working with SA Tourism, “Ballet Tourism”, with these outstanding dancers becoming unofficial, but enthusiastic, ambassadors for South Africa.

The International Ballet Gala takes place as follows:

  • Mountain Cambridge School in Hartebeespoort on 5 September at 7pm;
  • Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland on 7 September at 8pm;
  • Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo –Ballet in the Bush – on 9 September at 7pm.

Tickets for performances at Artscape (this weekend) and the Mosaiek Theatres are through Computicket and cost from R120 – R395.

For tickets (& workshop info) in Hartebeespoort call Dirk Badenhorst on 0833240940, and for Ballet in the Bush at Legends email or call 0124436700. (please note repertoire is subject to change).



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