This month, every day, we will be tracking some of the lives of the extraordinary women who have attended this school. Our 21st inspirational alumnae member is former South African Dancer, Janet Lindup.
Janet has been an achiever all her life. She discovered her dream, her passion early on in her life, and pursued it with determination and commitment. She began dancing at the age of five with Peggy Matthews, a well-known Western Cape Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher, and passed all of her Grade exams with Honours. She then went on to study with UCT Ballet School Principal, Mignon Furman, and, at the age of twelve, was the first child chosen to dance Clara in The Nutcracker with CAPAB Ballet. In 1980, at the age of 16, she won the Adeline Genee Award in London, one of international dance's most prestigious competitions, and the flagship annual event of the Royal Academy of Dance. She then went on to become a Finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in 1981.
She was accepted into CAPAB Ballet Company (now known as Cape Town City Ballet) in Cape Town in 1982, and danced the role of Odette/Odile of Swan Lake three months later at the age of 18. She became a Principal Dancer with CAPAB for the next 20 years, and, as recently as last year, performed with the company in the character role of one of the ugly sisters (with her former dance partner Johnny Bovang) in Cinderella. Suffice to say, her name is synonymous with ballet in Cape Town, and further afield. She now is involved in the teaching and mentoring of top ballet dancers and runs her own Pilates studio.
The inspiration her life offers to us in beauty, grace, the pursuit of excellence, creativity and resilience are all patently there for us to see. Her generosity in sharing her rich experience and mentoring others to enable them to realise their dreams is equally inspiring, but she goes further. She has a huge sense of fun, and has shown commitment to developing flexibility and strength to people of all ages. She runs Pilate classes for the 70+ groups. Concerned about the loneliness and social isolation that ageing can so frequently bring with it, Janet’s “senior” class has a very strong social networking purpose: apart from providing retirees with the fun of flexibility and moving, there is the additional plus sharing a glass of wine after class as well!!