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2017 Season

The Johannesburg Youth Ballet has provided opportunities for young ballet dancers since 1976. The 40th anniversary celebrations have extended across the entire birthday year! The grand finale of the festivities is aptly named RUBY CELEBRATION and features excerpts from the enchanting romantic ballet Coppélia and the specially commissioned Ruby Suite, a vibrant synthesis of contemporary dance, ballet and flamenco, choreographed by Mary-Ann Mottram, Laura Cameron…

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Media Release: Johannesburg Youth Ballet 2017 Auditions

The JYB will hold auditions for its 2017 Ruby Anniversary Company on Saturday 28 January 2017 at the National School of the Arts from 13:30 to 16:00. Details as follows:- 13:00 >  Junior dancers registration 13:30 – 14:45 > Juniors class 14:00 > Senior dancers registration 14:45 – 16:15 > Seniors class Requirements:- Junior dancers must be a minimum of 12 years old and at…

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Media Release: The Ballet group that broke down racial barriers

The Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Gala season will be celebrated in style at The Mandela, Joburg Theatre from 14 October to 16 October with Mark Hawkins’ delightfully zany version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream& Other Ballets. As the Johannesburg Youth Ballet stands poised on the eve of a year – long 40th anniversary celebration, it is only right to reflect on the vision of…

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Mark Hawkin’s Thoughts on JYB 2016 40th Anniversary Season

“As an Alumnus of JYB (I was part of the company in 1979 and 1980), I rekindled my association with JYB six years ago after relocating to Johannesburg. Since then, creating a new work for the Company and becoming more involved in JYB’s fresh new vision and artistic plans and working with the Committee and previous artistic director, Kate Martin, we have tried to take…

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Media Release: The Johannesburg Youth Ballet celebrates 40 Years (1976 – 2016)

The Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Gala season will be celebrated in style at The Mandela, Joburg Theatre from 14 October to 16 October with A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Other Ballets. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreographed by Mark Hawkins, is given expansive wings by his delightfully zany ’re-imagining’ of the Shakespearean comedy and his skilful choreography, and is further enhanced by the lighting design…