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DEATH OF FAITH DE VILLIERS (article first published : 2001-10-20)

Dance lovers in Durban and throughout South Africa were saddened to hear of the recent death of Faith de Villiers. A former ballet dancer herself and a renowned teacher, she died in Johannesburg after a prolonged period of ill health.

"In her time in the former Transvaal, Faith de Villiers was a moving light in PACT (Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal) Ballet", says Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, her close friend and colleague of more than 50 years.

"When she came to live in KZN, she became one of the Founder members of the Durban Dance Foundation which now forms part of the National Creative Arts Youth Festival's Achievement Programme. This organisation ran classes in the RDLI Hall for a number of years. During this time she, Dudley von Loggenburg and Noleen Nicol produced dancers such as Mary Ann de Wet, who won acclaim in this country and went on to become internationally well-known. Faith de Villiers was a dynamic teacher with tremendous vitality and great choreographic skills.

The strength and vibrancy of the dance discipline in Durban today has grown from her initial guidance, influence and training. A Faith de Villiers Bursary will be created in the Durban Dance Foundation as a tribute to her contribution to the art of Dance.




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