Zhenya Pietersen interviewed on RSG about her participation in The South African International Ballet Competition

We heard recently that  Zhenya Pietersen was interviewed on Radio Sonder Grense about her invitation to participate in the South African International Ballet Competition. She is shown here with Dirk Badenhorst the Director of The South African International Ballet Competition, as well as the studio staff at the RSG studios in Sea Point. While we have not been able to get a soundbyte of the interview, we are assured that she acquitted herself very well, and was a superb ambassador for her school.

The The South African International Ballet Competition was launched in 2008, and this is the sixth competition. It is currently taking place (22-28 February) at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town.

Dirk Badenhorst is a major player in the South African ballet and dance, having served as a founding member and the first CEO of the South African Ballet Theatre, subsequently as founder and director of the Johannesburg-based ballet and dance company, Mzansi Productions and, following the merger of the South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Production, CEO of the new company, Joburg Ballet. Since the founding of the SAIBC, Dirk Badenhorst has continued to strengthen his ties with the ballet world at an international level, with exchange projects with various countries, most notably Cuba, China and South Korea, as the Africa representative for the Royal Academy of Dance, and as a judge at various international ballet competitions.

The SAIBC is the only international ballet competition on the African continent, attracting talented dancers from many countries to one of the most beautiful cities in the world to compete in the city’s opera house for gold, silver and bronze medals as well as substantial monetary prizes on a par with other major international ballet competitions.”[1]

We heard today that Zhenya’s through to the second round. She performs her second solo on Thursday evening, and will be performing her contemporary pas de deux which is choreographed by Michelle Reed this evening. We wish her the very best of luck, and hope that she knows we’ll be rooting for her.

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[1] http://www.ctibc.com/