About the Love to Dance Academy
LIZETTE NEL, Program Director
RAD Ballet, Merritt Dancing Divas and Line Dance Instructor
Lizette is a registered ballet teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) since 1969.
Lizette has 35 years teaching experience at her own ballet schools in Pretoria and other areas in Gauteng, South Africa, where her students excelled in ballet exams and won many trophies, bursaries and medals in dance competitions and championships.
While living in South Africa she was a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, teaching dance in the Movement Science department. Lizette was also a freelance teacher for examiners' on tour.
Lizette was a Badge Test examiner for the National Society of Dance Teachers (NSDT) and an adjudicator for various dance festivals, dance competitions and dance championships. She was also the organiser and chairperson of the Eisteddfod of the Performing Arts in Pretoria for many years, (an annual 3 week, 3000 entrants event), and served on the RAD regional panel – Northern Gauteng, RSA.
Before relocating to Canada, Lizette was involved with most big ballet/dance companies in an effort to assist with survival through advertising, publications and promotions.
Lizette has been teaching dance in Merritt since 2012. She loves teaching and believes that dance and movement to music is therapy and the best exercise for body, spirit and soul. Through dance she aims to help each individual reach his or her full potential, no matter what the abilities and challenges may be. Under her directorship the Love To Dance Academy has grown from a small dance studio with 12 ballet students to a dance academy where students of all ages can attend classes in a variety of dance styles, do dance exams and medal tests, participate in dance festivals and dance competitions and have various performance opportunities.
VANESSA VAN RENSBURG, Instructor
ADC Jazz and Spanish Dance Instructor
Vanessa, completed 13 years of Classical Ballet training (RAD) under direction of Lizette Nel, Dorothy de Witt and Celeste Fair. During that time Vanessa also received Modern Dance Training under direction of Gretchen de Klerk as well as Spanish Dance Training under direction of Helena Montoya (Montoya Spanish Dance Company). Vanessa danced on a competitive level throughout this time and won numerous trophies and awards.
Vanessa's passion for dance remained as she later worked closely with dance teachers across South Africa as the Marketing Manager for DanceDirectory - South Africa's largest dance and arts related directory and advertising platform - assisting teachers in the promotion of their dance studios as well as promoting dance as an art form in general. During her time at DanceDirectory, Vanessa received many invitations to attend and review major Dance and Musical Theatre productions as well as televised shows such as "Dans, Dans, Dans", the South African equivalent of 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
Vanessa has been teaching dance in Merritt since 2014.
"Dance will remain a part of me forever." ~ Vanessa
The Love to Dance Academy Presents:
RAD Ballet Tuition
At the Love To Dance Academy, our RAD Ballet Training start from the age of 3. Our toddler ballet classes start from age 2, while our more mature dancers attend our Adult Ballet classes. We also cater for beginners of all ages with our 'Introduction to Dance' and recreational ballet classes.
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A.D.C. Jazz Dance Tuition
Jazz is an upbeat alternative to Ballet. At the same time, both dance styles compliment one another. Ballet and Jazz technique run parallel and both styles of dance strengthen your muscles, improve your suppleness, increase your cardiovascular endurance, while feeling good about yourself. We welcome students age 6+ to our Jazz program. For more information click here...
Spanish Dance Classes
Spanish Dance is a fiery and passionate art form made up by sound from castanets, intricate footwork and flamboyant costumes. We welcome dancers age 8 to adults, to join our Spanish Dance classes. For more information click here...
Latin Line Dance and Golden Girls Fitness Classes
These classes are geared toward adult females, ages 25 - 80. Join the more upbeat Merritt Dancing Divas to learn a variety of dance styles, or the Golden Girls to enjoy dance movements in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information click…
At the Love To Dance Academy we offer Line Dance classes to dancers from age 6 to 76. For more information click here...
Stretching and Fitness Classes
Moms & Babes dance classes ( ages 1-12 months)
Dance yourself back into shape ... cheek to cheek with your darling babe. Get a taste of Latin and Ballroom, Samba and Rumba, Jazz and Line dancing. Your dance partner may not be older than 12 months.