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About the Founder

Jayd Swart, JYDC founder and owner is a Ballet, Contemporary and Body conditioning trainer and professional dancer.  Jayd is a ballet and contemporary choreographer for competition and is a professional choreographer for stage productions in theatre as well as corporate work.

 

Jayd Swart started her dance career at the age of 4 with Lesley Angove School of Dancing in Northcliff. Training RAD.  She then attended Parktown High School for Girls where she excelled in the dance department and started training as a contemporary dancer. Jayd won  dance and choreographic competitions at age 14 and decided to pursue dance as a career.

In her high school years Jayd was trained by June Melville, Dorothy de Wit and Lesley Angove. In high school she won X-factor and triple threat awards as well as obtaining a distinction in drama.

 

She also took part in Joburg Youth Ballet’s professional stage productions.  She worked with Kate Retief, Jean Beckley, Nigel Hannah. Timothy Le Roux and Diane Richards.  She danced in many competitions and festivals and started choreographing at the age of 14.

 

After high school Jayd went to the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) to study for a diploma in dance.  While in university Jayd was trained by Kelsey Middleton, Christopher Montague, Tanya Graafland, Sidney Agnew, Thabo Rapoo, Debra Gush, Pat Gush and Megan Rosenberg.  She won best choreographer in her final year as well as overall best dancer in her year.

 

At TUT she was part of many professional performances.  Jayd danced professionally with Kmad, Kelsey Middleton’s company.  She also performed at the Grahamstown Art Festival in a piece choreographed by Timothy Le Roux as well as being part of “Dance for a Cure”.

 

Now with her Diploma in Dance she trains major ballet examination candidates and contemporary dancers from young to a professional level.

 

As a dancer Jayd is trained in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and African.

 

Inspired by young dancers of South Africa Jayd Swart has started the JOZI Youth Dance Company as a platform for young dancers looking to make a career in contemporary/modern dance.

 

Jayd’s overall success in the arts makes her the brilliant dancer, performer, teacher choreographer and mentor she is today. “Nobody can afford to miss out on the blessing that is dance.”