Shanell Winlock-Pailman. Photo by Carl Ballot.

Shanell Winlock-Pailman (Choreographer: LOOK UP) was born in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg. After completing her Matric she joined Moving into Dance Mophatong’s one-year Edudance diploma course. After completing the course she was approached by Sylvia Glasser to join the full time dance company where she started her official professional dance career. Two years later she won a scholarship to Brussels to attend The School of Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS) under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. A year later she returned to Johannesburg and worked with various South African choreographers including Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, PJ Sabbagha, Sello Peso, Moeketsi Koena and Tracey Human amongst others. In this time she won the awards for most promising and most outstanding female artist for the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella Awards. In 2000 she was invited to work with the UK based company the Akram Khan Dance Company; she stayed with the Company for 10 years in which time she became the rehearsal director, gave intensive workshops and toured the world extensively. In 2005 she qualified as a reflexologist and a massage therapist at the Central London College of Reflexology. In 2011 she returned to South Africa and she choreographed a duet for the Vuyani Dance and Theatre project for their season, as well as a group work for the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FACT). She created her first solo work that premiered at the 2016 Dance Umbrella Festival and currently she assists Johannesburg based companies as a rehearsal director and teaches dance classes.

Read Shanell’s thoughts on the JYB 2016 season…