The Trust aims to act as a platform from which to increase awareness, and inform wisely the South African public about dance. It provides professional support and cohesive input to stimulate local talent and creativity so that dance in South Africa can take a prominent place on the world stage.
We are proud to have established relationships with some of the most respected, national and international companies and individuals in dance since 2008 and look forward to building further opportunities with them for the benefit of dance throughout South Africa.
Dancer: Brooklyn Mack as Spartacus.
Since the registration of the Trust in 2008, the trustees have embarked on a mission to raise the appreciation and awareness of great ballet. This has included sharing world class
performances highlighting their histories and the efforts involved in their creation. We have successfully reached thousands of artists, students, educators and audience members through our efforts.
Veronica Paeper has been dancer, Resident Choreographer and Artistic Director
of the CAPAB Ballet Company and was instrumental in transforming the CAPAB
Ballet into the Cape Town City Ballet Company. A prolific choreographer she has
created more than 24 full-length ballets. Her awards include: 2 x Nederburg
Awards, The South African Airways Award, several from The Friends of the Ballet
and the Balletomane Societies and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Arts
and Culture Trust.
Now retired, Veronica re-produces her Ballet’s when requested and still feels she
has a few more Ballets she should create. She is one of the three founding
trustees of SANDT.
Robyn was born in Durban where she received her dance training with Iris Manning. She achieved advanced dance levels in classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), modern, tap, Spanish and Greek dance. She spent 15 years raising funds and creating awareness for various South African dance organisations.
In 2009 she was one of the three founding Trustees of The South African National Dance Trust and was appointed Project Director and fund-raiser. She was recognised by Classic Feel magazine as one of the people “Making a difference” in the arts in South Africa in 2015.
Mike was born in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town in 1978. His association with Dulcie Howes got him interested in ballet as an art form. His career was concentrated in the financial world, on the fiduciary side.
He spent 27 years with Syfrets Trust which became BoE Trust and now is Nedgroup Trust.He is particularly interested in the educational side of SANDT. Mike was involved with Balletomanes for several years, was Chairman of The Friends of the Opera, was the founding Chairman of The Theatre Club and is a Trustee of and consultant to various cultural trusts including The Irma Stern Trust. Mike lives in Oranjezicht in Cape Town.
Each committee member brings value and expertise which has contributed to the growth, success, and credibility of SANDT’s work in South Africa. The group aims are more important than individual aims.