I wish to share a wonderful experience from my Studio with you...

Carlani Dance Studio and Lesta Erasmus presents Don Quixote - A Ballet in Three Acts

Music by Ludwig Minkus, Choreography after Marius Petipa and Rudolph Nureyev

Leading roles performed by:

  • Stephani Crous
    Stephani Crous
  • Annika Maré
    Annika Maré
  • Nigel Hannah
    The amazing "Mr. H" -
    Nigel Hannah
    Don Quixote
  • Hugh Becker
    Hugh Becker
    Sancho Pansa
  • Lesta Erasmus
    Lesta Erasmus
  • Zanih Strydom
    Zanih Strydom
  • Don quixote 1 Don quixote 1 Don quixote 2 Don quixote 3 Don quixote 1 Don quixote 1

Dear Ballet Colleagues and Friends of Ballet

I wish to share a wonderful experience from my Studio with you:

We had a very successful season at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria with Don Quixote, a Ballet in three acts. The leading role of Kitri was shared by Stephani Crous and Annika Maré. Both portraying this role beautifully.

Stephani Crous entered for the ESDU (European Star Dance Union) of which Talent Africa was the host. She won the category 13-17 years in Classical Ballet with Kiri's Wedding Solo from Don Quixote and qualified to enter the World Dance Masters, at the Intersport Centre, Porec, Croatia.

A beautiful new red tutu for Kitri and a costume for Apollon Musagete - Variation Polymnie was made by Mari Coetzee for this occasion and we landed safely with our precious cargo in the aircraft hold in Paris and then onto Zagreb.

We were immediately aware of the competition we were up against, to name but a few; Germany, Romenia, Hungary, Italy.
The pirouettes and fouette rond de jambes – every single dancer, from the youngest 6/7 years to the eldest, they all do them so effortlessly.

A beautiful venue with an amazing stage and back stage crew. I was privileged to have a back stage pass. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful costumes of all the various dancers. The Germans and their traditional dress were outstanding. Their coach from Russia from another planet!

Stephani was the youngest in her category and was awarded an 8th place in her category, coming in first after the Germans and Romenians. We are all very proud, this very young dancer performed confidently and beautifully, making us all proud. A DASA baby from day one and an Intermediate student.

We attended workshops in various genres presented by the judges, all specialists in their field.

Enjoy the photos taken in action.

Carlani Dance Studio – Lesta Erasmus