NEW!!!
classes now offered in
• RANDBURG – BLAIRGOWRIE & BOSKRUIN

• PRETORIA – THE HILLS ESTATE from 1 May

STILL ACCEPTING BOOKINGS FOR BEGINNERS COURSES IN SELECTED CENTRES
CHECK DATES HERE

PRETORIA – Faerie Glen. The Hills Estate & Montana/Derdepoort
EAST RAND – Benoni, Boksburg, Edenvale & Alberton
CENTURION  –  Rooihuiskraal & Irene
RANDBURG – Blairgowrie & Boskruin
Coming soon – HEIDELBERG  &  SANDTON/FOURWAYS


Want to join but not sure of what we offer?
Feel free to try a TASTER CLASS (R125)
Bookings & Queries – dance@dancingdivas.co.za | 082 460-7915


DANCE INSTRUCTORS NEEDED  AUDITIONS IN MAY/JUNE
Check here for details

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Morning BEGINNERS classes (30+) now offered in
Benoni, Rooihuiskraal, Irene, Alberton, Pretoria: Montana/Derdepoort & Pretoria East

Golden Girls (over 60s) in Alberton, Montana/Derdepoort and Pretoria East – CLICK HERE.

dance@dancingdivas.co.za   |  082 460 7915

Our Team

HEAD OFFICE

Tina James   Diva-in-Charge | Dance Instructor & Master Trainer  more…
Claudia Risch   Admin Manager | Social Media


Anna Mvundlela                      l to r:  Tina | Claudia
Cleaning Services
                                   Tish | Erika

INSTRUCTORS

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Tish Grindlay
                       Erika du Toit
Pretoria & Centurion
                        Pretoria

Santelle Potgieter
Pretoria & Centurion

 

                 Lebo Nyakale
Centurion

Wendy-Leigh van der Walt        
East Rand –
Alberton & Edenvale   

                                                                     Jann Robertson
                                                                       East Rand – IM0A2614-2Benoni

Melanie Andrews
East Rand – Boksburg

Tina James

 Chief Diva

Tina James, the founder of Dancing Divas,  started ballet at age 5 (and hated it!), followed by years of tap dancing until she dropped all dancing in her early teens. She only really discovered the Diva in her at a very ripe old age. Having always wanted to do Spanish dancing, she joined Helena Montoya’s beginners’ class at the tender age of 38, at a time when most of the other students were children. “It was a daunting experience, but I so badly wanted to learn that I put on a brave face and joined the little kids. Even my mother came to watch my first trial exam class with the other moms!” After eleven years of Spanish dancing and at 49, she moved onto Ballroom and Latin American dancing with Johan Hayes. This was supposed to be the quiet and gentle activity to nudge her into ‘physical’ retirement, so what a surprise to discover how demanding and life-changing it would turn out to be. Add Riaan,  a gym instructor who added his flavour by insisting on ‘attitude’ and who believed in her idea enough to let her choreograph a routine for his gym class; Maroula, a sassy young champ who had infinite patience in putting some hip into Tina’s very stiff and plank-like body; throw in a few dancing titles in ballroom and Latin American, and the groundwork was laid for her to pay it forward.

Tina noticed that there are few opportunities for mature women to pursue their often unrealized childhood dreams of dancing.  Too shy to join a dance or gym class, women have nowhere to go where they can dance by themselves and with women closer to their own age and level of fitness. After years of hearing comments such as “ You are different to the rest of us, we cannot do that”, “I am too old to start dancing now”, “I have two left feet”, “I am too fat and embarrassed about my body”, “I don’t have anyone to dance with me”, she decided something had to be done about it. Having struggled with many of these feelings herself, and almost giving up her dancing in 2007 because she felt that she was too old and large to be dancing in ‘sequins and slits’, a dream started emerging to create a dancing space for women like herself, a space where women could find themselves, and have some fun, through dance. And that’s how Dancing Divas was born!

Tina drives the business, absolutely loves training new instructors and also teaches Divas Dance classes to keep her humble and inspired by what women are achieving through joining Dancing Divas.

mobile: +27 (0) 82 460 7915   |   email: tina [at] dancingdivas.co.za

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