Philip BoydFounder and CEO
Philip Boyd is Chief Executive Officer of DFA. He founded the organisation in 1991. His professional career spanned 23 years, as principal dancer at CAPAB Ballet, now Cape Town City Ballet. Philip was educated at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, where he specialised in ballet and music.In 1997, Philip started the David Poole Trust, as a vehicle through which to raise funds for the programme. In March 2002, he was named Artistic Director of Dance for All and in 2008 was appointed as Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, and through his positive leadership and untiring energy in promoting dance in the Western Cape, he has taken the organisation to new heights.
Marlene CarstensCompany Manager
Marlene Carstens is Company Manager, a position she has occupied since the inception of DFA. Her role includes administration, finances, HR, staff management, planning, and arranging tours.
Allison HendricksArtistic Director
Allison Hendricks, trained at UCT School of Dance, worked as a professional dancer and choreographer, travelling abroad before settling in Cape Town. She has worked as a dance educator at the Western Cape Education Department and WCED Arts Focus School. She currently heads DFA’s Bridging Programme, and is Artistic Director of the InSPIRAtions Youth Company. She also runs DFA's strategic partnerships along with coordinating events at DFA. Allison works as a professional dancer, producer and director in and around Cape Town.
Hope NongqongqoOutreach Manager
Hope Nongqongqo is the Cape Town Outreach Manager and head of the Contemporary African Programme, which falls under DFA’s Specialised Dance Programmes. She teaches and has many administrative duties such as organising timetables and transport. She was a founding student of DFA and furthered her training at the UCT School of Dance.
Ilse Basson studied at the Tshwane University of Technology, receiving her Dance diploma, along with 5 distinctions in 2013. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor. and teaches on our Ballet programme as part of our Extra Mural programmes at Rosmead Primary school.
Anderson CarvalhoGuest Teacher
Anderson Carvalho trained in both classical and contemporary dance with various influences in jazz and modern dance, circus, gymnastics. Anderson started his dance career at the School of Dance and Social Integration for Children and Adolescents – (EDISCA) in Fortaleza - Ceará, Brazil, first as a student, later as a teacher, performer and choreographer.He currently teaches on DFA's Bridging Programme & Senior Contemporary Programme and choreographs for the InSPIRAtions Youth Company
Andisiwe DyantyiTrainee Teacher
Andisiwe started her dance training on DFA’s Outreach Programme in Nyanga after which she joined DFA’s Specialised ballet Programme and DFA’s Bridging Programme. She is currently an assistant teacher at DFA.
Moeneeb Meyer is the driver of the DFA bus in which he transports our students and staff to venues for dance classes, rehearsals, performances and events.
Lorraine Ndindwa teaches on the African Contemporary Programme and Outreach Programme. She also assists with administration in the DFA office. She was a founding student of DFA and furthered her training at the UCT School of Dance.
Annie HendricksTrainee Teacher
Annie trained on DFA’s Bridging Programme and is currently an assistant teacher on the Specialised Programmes. She excels in Musical Theatre & Choreography and also teaches on DFA's Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports (DCAS) programme in Paarl
Nobunto NqolaseTrainee Teacher
Nobuntu Nqolase is a trainee teacher on the Outreach Programme. She teaches African dance and plays the drums. She is a former DFA student.
Robyn Thysse is DFA’s volunteer physiotherapist who has her own private practice in Rondebosch, Cape Town.
Stanislav Tchalov trained in Moscow. He won the first and second prize in the International Ballet Competition. He became a Senior Soloist Dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet in the USSR. After touring and performing in SA he joined Cape Town City Ballet. He is now also teaching at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts Classical Ballet and National Character work as well as teaching with Dance for All.
Pauline van BuitenenTeacher
Pauline van Buitenen teaches Ballet in Barrydale on DFA’s Rural Outreach Programme – both as part of the school programme and in the afternoons. She danced professionally with the Dutch National Ballet, was involved in musical theatre, and has a degree in performing and teaching ballet. Before moving to Barrydale, she taught on DFA’s Cape Town Outreach Programme.
Alphonso van der MerweDriver
Alphonso van der Merwe is the driver of the DFA bus in which he transports our students and staff to venues for dance classes, rehearsals, performances and events.
Gillian Warren-Brown is our copywriter and the author of a coffee-table book about Dance for All, entitled Pieces of a Dream.
Simone WilliamsOffice Co-ordinator & PA to CEO
Simone Williams is our Receptionist and assists with the Fund development and marketing. She deals with any questions and queries about DFA.