Erla Eliot – Owner & Teacher

Erla Eliot is an affiliated member of D.A.S.A (Dance Academy of South Africa)

She trained in Classical ballet (D.A.S.A & the R.A.D syllabus), but decided to spread her wings in 1999 to study Dramatic Art, Directing and Playwriting at A.F.D.A. in Johannesburg. After completing her studies and having acted in many successful theatre shows, films and TV productions, Erla was selected to travel internationally, performing in large scale shows on multiple cruise liners and coporate events. This opportunity took her across the globe and eqquipped her with diverse skills and a professional experience which she is now able to share so effectively with her students.

After completing her Teachers course in Ballet through D.A.S.A, she moved to Bristol,UK  for a couple of years with her husband, where she taught the Royal Academy Syllabus, while running the Annette Adams School of Dancing. Over these years Erla refined her teaching methods while learning what it takes to start and run a successful dance academy.

She then moved back to Somerset West in 2010 where she became the owner of her own Ballet studio in 2011 and since then the Somerset West Dance Academy has grown into a renowned school with almost 150 students, of all ages.

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Jana Barnardt – Ballet Teacher

My great passion for ballet began after my first ballet class at the age of 6. I was trained in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method and fell in love with ballet instantly. In 2017 I graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a B.Ed (Foundation Phase) degree. In 2018 I started to study my ballet teachers degree through the RAD while working as an assistant teacher at Eikestad Primary School in Stellenbosch. I am very passionate about the little ones and is currently teaching ballet at various pre-primary schools in Somerset West.

The students were put through ballet exams annually and most years we managed to also put on an end of year production. During this time I studied with the RAD to gain my teachers degree and gain registered teacher status (rts). In 2016 My family and I moved to Somerset West to start a new chapter in our lives.

Liezl Cloete – SWDA Administrator & Owner of Grace Stage Designs

I started dancing at the age of 4 years old and trained in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method until the age of 18 years old. I graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with an B.Ed degree at the age of 22.

During my career as Intermediate and Senior Phase teacher, I went back to dance training and worked as assistent ballet teacher. After 18 years, I bid the teaching profession farewell and Grace Stage Designs, my costuming and dance wear business was born. I continue to work with young dancers and their parents every day and I am enjoying being part of the SWDA team.