THE TEAM

Shannon du Plessis

Shannon started tap dance at the age of 10 and has never looked back. Going on to receive her teachers qualifications in Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatics & Disco with IDF. During her competition journey she achieved several accolades specifically in Tap & Lyrical. She then went on to receive certification from TDA for Musical Theatre, Tap and Hip Hop. She was also part of a production group for ABS productions. I truly love teaching dance and improving the abilities of my students. I am passionate about learning and growth, and bringing out the best in my students. I believe every opportunity is a learning opportunity, even if you learn how not to do

Hayley Lamont

Hayley has been dancing since the age of four. Her dancing career began with Ballet and then, over the years, moved over to Freestyle, Latin American and Ballroom. She lived in London for three years and trained with some of the top dance trainers in the world. • Owner of the Beverley Hammond Dance School – Centurion Branch • Juvenile, Junior, Youth and Adult South African Latin American Champion • 10 years of International Competitive experience • Semi Finalist in under 21 British Latin American Championships • South African Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock ‘n Roll and Hustle Champion • Winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2006 • Finalist in Strictly Come Dancing 2008 • Freestyle World Championship Adjudicator 2008 • 2008 Rumba in the Jungle Professional Ballroom Champion • 2008 South African Ballroom Showdance Champion • 2018 Rumba in The Jungle Ballroom Showdance Champion • Trained many Freestyle South African Champions and Runner up in the Freestyle World Championships • 2012 Achieved a special award for Choreography at the American Dance Awards • Fellow qualified under the SADTA in Freestyle • Licentiate qualified under the SADTA in Latin American and Ballroom • Examiner for the SADTA • Choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance 2013

Beverley Hammond

• Founder of The Beverley Hammond Dance School • Chairlady of the South African Dance Teachers Association (SADTA) Gauteng • Licentiate qualified in Freestyle and Latin American • Associate Qualified in Ballroom • Examiner for the SADTA • Undefeated South African Ballroom and Latin American Champion • Finalist in the Professional British, International and World Cup Championships • International Adjudicator functions and responsibilities

Kylee Vincent

Kylee has been dancing since the age of 6 years old. She loves to be challenged and since the age of 18 her passion for dance has taken her all over the world, travelling and performing on some of the most prestigious stages. She believes that dancing has its own unspoken language, and everyone has their own inner ‘fire’ that should be discovered
• South Africa Open Latin Champion

• WDC Youth Latin World Champion

• U/21 British Open Latin Champion

• Burn the Floor World Tour Dancer

• Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock 'n Roll and Hustle Dance Champion

• Professional Dance "Dancing with the Stars Ireland"

• Dance is Life & Born to Win Tours

• Musicals: 'Rock of Ages' & 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

• 500YTT - Yoga Teacher

Stephen Vincent

Stephen has been dancing since the age of 6 years old. He began his dancing career with Ballroom and Latin and had a very successful competitive career. At age 16 he attended the Italia Conti School of Performing Arts in London where he trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet as well as singing and acting . After attending the school, he developed a passion for performing and has had the honour of sharing some of the worlds best stages with some great performers.

• UK Amateur 10 Dance Champion

• Dance Captain for 'Burn the Floor - World Tour'

• Professional Dancer 'Dancing with the Stars Ireland'

• Dance Captain for 'Dance is Life'

• Dancer/Ensemble for 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

• Dancer 'Simple Ballroom'

• Dancer 'Cheek to Cheek - West End, London'

• Dancer 'Latin Fever - West End, London'

Owen Nene

• Owen started Ballroom and Latin American in 2005 • KZN World Trials Winner in 2013 • Ballroom finalist and runners up of Rising Star in Latin American at the SADTA All South African Open 2014 • Finalist in Latin American at the All South African Dance Championship 2014 • Third in WDSF Botswana Open 2015 • Winner of the Battle of the Giants 2015 • Ballroom Finalist at FEDANSA All South African Championship 2015 • Competed under the South African flag in the British Open Championships in 2015 • Runners up in the Professional section at the Gold Cup Classic 2017 • All South African Open Professional 10 Dance Champions 2017 • Licentiate Qualified in Both Ballroom & Latin American (IDTA & SADTA) • Represented South Africa in 10 dance World Professional Championships 2018 in Portugal and ranked 17th • Current Profession Latin American Champions (DSSA) • Undefeated 10 Dance Professional Champions (DSSA) • Runner up for Ballroom at the South African championship (DSSA) • Placed 9th in Ballroom at the Star Championship Professional Master 1 in Italy 2019 • Placed 3rd in Latin American at the Star Championship Professional Master 1 in Italy 2019 • Still to represent SA at the World 10 dance Professional 2019.

Dylan Daniels

PROFESSIONAL LATIN AMERICAN DANCE (JAN 1992 – DEC 2013)

Position held : Latin American Professional Dancer
: Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships (2003-2006)

• Training and Qualifications
Latin American and Ballroom
: SADTA (South African Dance Teachers Association) Accomplishments – Bronze to Blue Ribbon – with Honors in teaching Latin American and Ballroom Dancing.

Dancing Experience in South Africa
: Trained at Graham and Italia Smith School of Dance, Durban.  Started dancing at the age of 10.  Further private tuition for over 5 years with Dave Campbell, Johannesburg.  Attended further training in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing with other instructors and teachers: Cathy Gibbons, Rosemary Wingrove, Brian Schmidt, Diana Moor, Adelaide Roseberg and Jack Liddell.

Dancing Experience in the United Kingdom
: 2 years of full-time training at Semley School of Dance, in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing. Teachers were : Bryan Watson (Reigning World Champion in Latin American), Nina Hunt, John and Nadia Eftedal, Greg de Wet, Claudia Leoni, Colin and Lena James.





• Competitive Dance Achievements
Latin American and Ballroom Dancing
: Danced and won various Latin American and Ballroom competitions in South Africa:
Prix de Elegance Dance Championships
Carnival Dance Championships
Gold Cup Dance Championships
Natal Dance Championships
South African Dance Championships
1st Couple to represent South Africa at the Youth World Championships after sanctions were lifted in Denmark, Copenhagen.

South Africa
: Won the South African Dance Championships in Latin American Dancing.

France
: Placed Second in the French Open Youth Dance Championships.

England
: Placed 36th in the World at Black Pool Winter Gardens British World Championships in Latin American amateur dance section.

UK Dance Championships
: Represented South Africa in the amateur dance section.

Marcella Solimeo

PROFESSIONAL LATIN AMERICAN DANCE (JAN 1992 – DEC 2013)

Position held : Latin American Professional Dancer
: Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships (2003-2006)

• Training and Qualifications
Latin American and Ballroom
: SADTA (South African Dance Teachers Association) Accomplishments – Bronze to Blue Ribbon – with Honors in teaching Latin American and Ballroom Dancing.

Dancing Experience in South Africa
: Trained at Graham and Italia Smith School of Dance, Durban.  Started dancing at the age of 10.  Further private tuition for over 5 years with Dave Campbell, Johannesburg.  Attended further training in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing with other instructors and teachers: Cathy Gibbons, Rosemary Wingrove, Brian Schmidt, Diana Moor, Adelaide Roseberg and Jack Liddell.

Dancing Experience in the United Kingdom
: 2 years of full-time training at Semley School of Dance, in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing. Teachers were : Bryan Watson (Reigning World Champion in Latin American), Nina Hunt, John and Nadia Eftedal, Greg de Wet, Claudia Leoni, Colin and Lena James.





• Competitive Dance Achievements
Latin American and Ballroom Dancing
: Danced and won various Latin American and Ballroom competitions in South Africa:
Prix de Elegance Dance Championships
Carnival Dance Championships
Gold Cup Dance Championships
Natal Dance Championships
South African Dance Championships
1st Couple to represent South Africa at the Youth World Championships after sanctions were lifted in Denmark, Copenhagen.

South Africa
: Won the South African Dance Championships in Latin American Dancing.

France
: Placed Second in the French Open Youth Dance Championships.

England
: Placed 36th in the World at Black Pool Winter Gardens British World Championships in Latin American amateur dance section.

UK Dance Championships
: Represented South Africa in the amateur dance section.

Jane Doe

• Megan completed her Degree in Education at the University of the Free State in 2015 and is currently a Grade-1 teacher at New Hope School for children with cerebral disabilities • At the age of 11 she enrolled in her first Modern dance class and soon discovered that dancing is what she wanted to do! In the same year she started with Freestyle, Tap, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics. • She danced competitively for seven years, reaching Championship status in Freestyle and Disco • Licentiate Qualified in Freestyle under the SADTA (2017) • Associate Modern (2014) SABOD • Hip Hop (2013) SABOD Megan’s love for children combined with her passion for dancing lead her to teaching dance. She has been teaching dance for the past seven years. She embraces the uniqueness of each and every dancer that crosses her path. It is Megan’s dream to make all of them passionate about their dancing in order for her to develop them to their full potential

Angelique Hammond

• Angelique Hammond has been dancing and entertaining audiences since the tender age of 3! • Experience in Ballet, Spanish, Freestyle, Latin American and Ballroom • Internationally qualified fitness instructor • Associate qualified in Freestyle (SADTA) Ryan and Angelique teamed up in 2015 and travelled the country performing and teaching. Together they are: • Undefeated All South African Open Professional Latin American Champions • World Exhibition Finalists • Rumba in the Jungle Professional Latin American Champions • Professionals on Dancing With The Stars SA 2018 For the past 10 months they have been touring the country with an exciting show called “Rhythm of the Night”, which will be coming to an end on 25 August at The Barnyard in Menlyn. If you haven’t seen it yet this is your very last chance! Ryan and Angelique believe everyone should dance at least once a week!

Darren Hammond

Darren has been dancing since he was 5 years old. He is a passionate, energetic dancer and trainer who has been traveling the globe training alongside the best dancers in the world and with the best teachers in the world. He's knowledge, character, and love for dance will have you performing in ways you never even imagined.
​ • All South African Open Latin Champion

• WDC Youth World Latin American Champion

• U/21 British Open Latin American Champion

• 2 x World Amateur Latin American Finalist

• South African Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock n Roll, Hustle,

and Disco Dance Champion

• South African Showdance Champion

• Freestyle Men’s World Championship Finalist

• 3rd Place IDO world Disco Dance Championships &

• Runner up in ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ SA season 2

Andre du Plessis

PROFESSIONAL LATIN AMERICAN DANCE (JAN 1992 – DEC 2013)

Position held : Latin American Professional Dancer
: Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships (2003-2006)

• Training and Qualifications
Latin American and Ballroom
: SADTA (South African Dance Teachers Association) Accomplishments – Bronze to Blue Ribbon – with Honors in teaching Latin American and Ballroom Dancing.

Dancing Experience in South Africa
: Trained at Graham and Italia Smith School of Dance, Durban.  Started dancing at the age of 10.  Further private tuition for over 5 years with Dave Campbell, Johannesburg.  Attended further training in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing with other instructors and teachers: Cathy Gibbons, Rosemary Wingrove, Brian Schmidt, Diana Moor, Adelaide Roseberg and Jack Liddell.

Dancing Experience in the United Kingdom
: 2 years of full-time training at Semley School of Dance, in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing. Teachers were : Bryan Watson (Reigning World Champion in Latin American), Nina Hunt, John and Nadia Eftedal, Greg de Wet, Claudia Leoni, Colin and Lena James.





• Competitive Dance Achievements
Latin American and Ballroom Dancing
: Danced and won various Latin American and Ballroom competitions in South Africa:
Prix de Elegance Dance Championships
Carnival Dance Championships
Gold Cup Dance Championships
Natal Dance Championships
South African Dance Championships
1st Couple to represent South Africa at the Youth World Championships after sanctions were lifted in Denmark, Copenhagen.

South Africa
: Won the South African Dance Championships in Latin American Dancing.

France
: Placed Second in the French Open Youth Dance Championships.

England
: Placed 36th in the World at Black Pool Winter Gardens British World Championships in Latin American amateur dance section.

UK Dance Championships
: Represented South Africa in the amateur dance section.

Ryan Hammond

• Ryan Hammond is an undefeated South African Latin and Freestyle Champion • British South American Showdance Champion • Winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 • Licentiate Qualified in Freestyle (IDTA) and Latin American (SADTA) Ryan and Angelique teamed up in 2015 and travelled the country performing and teaching. Together they are: • Undefeated All South African Open Professional Latin American Champions • World Exhibition Finalists • Rumba in the Jungle Professional Latin American Champions • Professionals on Dancing With The Stars SA 2018 For the past 10 months they have been touring the country with an exciting show called “Rhythm of the Night”, which will be coming to an end on 25 August at The Barnyard in Menlyn. If you haven’t seen it yet this is your very last chance! Ryan and Angelique believe everyone should dance at least once a week!

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