Our Team

Anthony Rau

Director and Course Coach With a history of Competitive Latin-American and Ballroom that stretches back over 17 years, including a prolific 3 year training intensive in London with the world’s best Latin & Ballroom coaches, Anthony has competition credits including SA Champs, Blackpool British Open, World Champs, International Champs and UK Open. Along with this, he has completed his Associate, Licentiate, and Fellowship in Latin-American along with his Associate and Licentiate in Ballroom through the IDTA, achieving high honours, and going on to coach several SA Champions & successful professional candidates for their IDTA Exams. He has adjudicated several top Championships, including Provincial and National Championships for the SADF and FEDANSA. Anthony also served as the Director of Development & Training for the South African Dance Foundation during 2014, as well as being the National Chairman of the SADF Social & Pro-Am Faculty. He also represented South Africa at the 2014 World Dance Council Meetings in Blackpool, and attended the Ballroom Dance Federation’s International Congress.

Anna Jones

Examiner and Consulting Coach Anna Jones is a Fellow and Examiner of The International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and has twice been President of this association which is represented in over 55 countries worldwide. She has travelled extensively throughout the World, lecturing, examining and adjudicating, and has received Le Classique de Danse Awards, Carl Alan Awards and a Millenium Award for Outstanding Achievement and Consistent Excellence. Anna is a former UK Latin American Champion and represented the United Kingdom at the Worlds. Since then she has devoted many years as a full time teacher covering Latin, Ballroom and Freestyle for all ages from beginners through to professionals and has trained numerous dance champions. Having been one of the pioneers of Freestyle Dance she has written the technique book entitled “Freestyle Dance” which is the official manual of the International Dance Teachers Association used for the training of professionals in this dance style. For many years Anna has enjoyed her visits to South Africa calling this country her second home and she is very much looking forward to meeting up with friends old and new within the “family of dance”.

Doreen Matthews

Examiner and Consulting Coach Dance legend Doreen Matthews needs very little introduction in the South African Dance World, with a fantastic dance career spanning over 60 years. Doreen was multiple SA Ballroom and Latin Amateur and Professional Champion, and made several top international and World Championship Finals, including the much esteemed Blackpool British Open Championship.

With a career spanning more than 60 years, having started dancing at the age of 20, she is highly qualified in both Ballroom and Latin, as well as being an adjudicator and has judged some of the biggest championships in the world.

Doreen also trained an unprecedented twenty one SA Champions over the last 30 years, and is renown to be the godmother of Ballroom in South Africa. Dance Institute South Africa is very honoured to have Doreen as our Ballroom specialist Coach and Examiner.

Angelique Smith

Coach and Scrutineering Examiner Angelique has had a dynamic and powerful dance career. She started dancing at the age of 5 with belly dancing, then ventured into various other styles & at age 8 settled on Freestyle & Latin American. Started her professional career at 18 & qualified as an Associate in Latin American, Ballroom and Freestyle with SADTA, IDTA and SADF. She is also an SADTA & SADF qualified scrutineer and Social Faculty Chairman of Adjudicators. She was the Undefeated Professional Open Championsip Latin American champion, and founding director of Dance With Me Alberton for 14 years.  Angie is also the former SADF National and Gauteng Social Faculty Chairperson.

Marion Geale

Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Fitness Coach & Choreographer Marion is a highly trained and skilled choreographer, with over 18 years of experience in Ballet. Marion is qualified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in Ballet, Jazz and Tap, as well as being a qualified Zumba fitness instructor. Marion has also danced Latin-American, Hip Hop and Contemporary, and is also a promising actress. Marion did a 4 year diploma at the Waterfront Theatre School, and has performed in several top productions, and has taught at Enerchi Dance Studios for over 5 years. Marion is also a very skilled choreographer, having choreographed some award winning performances and productions. Marion teaches the Ballet Core and Technique classes, which form part of the technique and strength training needed to perform better as a Latin & Ballroom dancer and teacher.

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