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NONHLANHLA’S GRANT (article first published : 2000-09-2)

Julia Bonegio has just returned from a study trip to Spain with five of her students, one of them being Ballet Theatre Afrikan's Nonhlanhla Makhathini. Nonhlanhla received a grant from The Michel Tesson Performing Arts Trust Fund enabling her to journey to Spain and take classes with the best "Maestros" of Spanish dance and Flamenco.

The group took one Jota class per day with the internationally acclaimed Pedro Azori and one class concentrating on technique, classical Spanish and Flamenco with Paco Romero who was Antonio Ruiz's protégée and star pupil for many years. They then did two classes a day with La Tati, an amazing Flamenco dancer and teacher with a tremendous amount of soul and "duende". In her first class she taught a Solea Por Buleria. Her second class was purely technical, requiring a tremendous amount of energy.

Nonhlanhla did exceptionally well in all her classes, with the three teachers commenting on her keen intelligence and her exceptional training and preparation. Olè Noni!

More details from Paula Kelly at Ballet Theatre Afrikan, PO Box 1641 Highlands North, Johannesburg, 2037. Telefax: (011) 728 9002, 083 267-3029 or e--mail : paulak1@global.co.za Also visit http://www.artslink.co.za/bta




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