Our Instructors

Owner

Although I am the owner of the dance studio and extensively involved in the admin side I love to teach my Latin & Ballroom, Lindy Hop & Wedding lessons. 
I have been teaching since 2007 part-time while finishing my studies for my certificate in Graphic Design and BComm in Marketing Management. Although I performed in school productions and did some Irish dancing I had no previous experience in partner dancing (that means you can also start after high school!)
I am trained in both American/Social and International style for Latin & Ballroom and was mentored by Dave Campbell.
Although I love dancing, I am a teacher at heart. I love sharing knowledge and finding new ways to teach my students.

  • Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • Swing & Wedding Specialist
  • 16 years of teaching experience
Fun Fact – I am The Cat Lady and can add crazy to that too…

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Jade Kieck

Studio Coordinator
Social butterfly that absolutely loves cats and the colour pink.
I have been working for Five6seven8 Dance Studio for 4 years now.
They say to do a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life. This is what I love. As the front of the house, I am the person you reach out to if you have any questions or concerns at the studio.
I have always wanted to be able to dance, but my two left feet have stopped me, but after doing a few classes at Five6seven8 they have shown my feet right from wrong and that turned into a few live performances.
  • Studio Coordinator
  • 4 years of experience
Fun Fact – Obsessed with anything pink or purple

Reyn Mgida

Event Coordinator & Admin Assistant
I am a serial entrepreneur and marketing strategist who thrives on challenges, with “It Can’t Be That Difficult” as my guiding philosophy.  With a strong background in marketing, event planning, and warehouse management (to name a few) I orchestrate seamless experiences and navigate complex endeavors with finesse.  I’m a dog-loving, book-devouring, homebody! That loves all things coffee.
  • Event Coordinator
  • 5 years of experience
Fun Fact –  I taught Robotics and have a secret love for Lego!

Janie Opperman

Studio Fashion Designer
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  • Fashion Designer
  • ? years design experience
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sylvia mncube

Studio caretaker

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  • 10 years with the studio
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Latin & Ballroom Instructor

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  • Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Acro & Preschool Instructor

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  • Acro & Preschool Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Bollywood Instructor

I started my dance journey at the age of 5, with a form of classical Indian dance called Bharatanatyam and my curiosity only grew from there. I continued Bharatanatyam until I was
11. Later on at age 15, I came across Divya Art of Dance, a modern Bollywood dance academy. I continued with Divya for 9 years, growing into a professional Bollywood dancer.
Divya allowed me to be part of many great opportunities like being live-broadcasted on national television, partaking in international video adverts, opening performances for famous
Bollywood artists, and so many more. I have also fallen in love with both Burlesque and Belly dancing in recent years has influenced and strengthened me as a dancer.

My 14 years of dance experience have taught me that Bollywood dance is about expression.
Bollywood music is used to convey emotion, and dance allows us to express every part of who we are. Whatever kind of feeling you have, the goal is to get the audience to feel that themselves. My motto is that anyone can dance, all you need to do is try.

  • Bollywood Instructor
  • 14 years teaching experience
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Ballet & Preschool Instructor

Debbie started dancing over 36 years ago and has formal qualifications and training in a plethora of dance styles such as Ballet, Modern, Flamenco and Jazz to name a few. Debbie is passionate about teaching and working with young minds, enabling them to explore their own creativity and discover their strengths and talents through dance and creative movement. She has extensive teaching experience which includes teaching at a number of highly reputable studios and preschools.
Debbie’s years of experience together with her recognised qualifications in Early Childhood Development has enabled her to design lessons and choreography that take a holistic approach to introducing young children to
a fusion of dance styles. All are built on a solid foundation of dance technique.

  • Ballet Instructor
  • 20 years teaching experience
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Afrobeat Instructor

My stage name is Delta The Leo, I’m a dancer, singer, rapper, music & video director, freelance photographer, personal trainer, and career counselor. My passion is in the arts and helping those less fortunate make a living from the craft. Dance is my first calling and that is what I use to communicate with people locally and internationally. I’ve done theatre, TV commercials, drama, etc. Dance is my life and this is a universal language how I exchange, mentor, and teach those who wish to learn. 

I won my first dance competition in 2008 “Masters of Rhythm:” I was the lead dancer for the KFC/MTV tour, won Strictly Hip Hop, and I got the privilege to work with Lorcia Cooper for the 2010 World Cup. I was the first female to win a krump title at the United Dance Organization in Scotland, Best Talent award at Dance Star in Croatia winner for HipHop and Folkloric. I also won Afrobeats at Vogue Nights in 2021
Through Hip Hop, I learned other styles Ballet, Pantsula, Sbujwa, Gumboot dancing, Contemporary, and Afrobeats.  I started teaching in 2015 to empower the youth of Alexandra township. I love dancing for the freedom of expression. 

  • Afrobeat Instructor
  • 12 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – I can do air splits without warming up

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Zumba Instructor

I love all styles of dancing and have competed in many festivals, competitions and demonstrations in South Africa, Hong Kong, Qatar and the UAE. I have a passion for teaching and incorporate various teaching techniques and art in my dance and fitness classes to engage and teach students a love and dedication for dancing and fitness. My experience as a professional Make-up artist has come in handy with stage performances and special events.

  • Zumba Instructor
  • 26 years teaching experience
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Physical & Technique Instructor

I have loved dance my whole life and started dancing at the age of 4 focusing on Cecchetti
ballet for most of my childhood. In my early teens I moved to RAD and contemporary dance,
starting burlesque by age 16, leaving me with 19 years of dance experience. In university, I
realised my passion for teaching dance and completed a certificate in anatomy with the
University of Michigan and a certificate in the science of exercise with the University of
Colorado Boulder. I have been teaching stretch and dance since 2021 and fell in love with
the science of competitive dance and what it takes to train to that level. I completed my
personal training qualification with HFPA, and received teaching training in ballet (Vaganova
method) and PACRODA acro. I am currently working towards becoming an exercise
specialist to ensure that I can offer the most effective training to my dancers wanting to
further their technique and strength. I am especially interested in injury prevention training
and passionate about turning out strong, fit, technique-oriented dancers with a love for their
craft.

  • Contemporary & Physical and Technique Development Instructor
  • Working towards becoming an exercise specialist
  • 1.5 years of teaching experience
Fun Fact – I love sky diving, open water swimming and am an avid adrenaline junkie.

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Musical Theatre Instructor

At six years old, I discovered my love for dancing and knew that it was something I wanted to pursue professionally. Although I could only start dancing professionally at the age of 14, I never gave up on my dreams. Instead, I worked tirelessly to improve my skills, spending countless hours perfecting my craft and pushing myself to the limit.

Through hard work and determination, I competed in numerous eisteddfods, national and international competitions and completed dance exams in hip-hop, modern, and tap.  Today, I am a qualified hip-hop instructor with WX Hip-Hop Development,  and I continue to inspire others to pursue their passions with dedication and perseverance.

  • Musical Theatre Instructor
  • 2 years of teaching experience
Fun Fact – I have a big passion for cooking, Qualified Pharmacist Assistant PBQ, and I do a mean salon blowout

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Kids Musical Theatre Instructor

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  • Kids Musical Theatre Instructor
  • 1.5 years of teaching experience
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Shuffling Instructor

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  • Shuffling Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Tap Instructor

I started dancing at the tender age of 3 when the Razzle Dazzle of a Ballet class captivated me. Who could resist the charm of a little pink tutu?

I started dancing more seriously at the age of 8 when I began my training in Tap and Modern dance. I competed in many eisteddfods, showcases, and exams through the years, and dancing never seemed to lose its charm. I still attend numerous classes in various dance styles and love the thrill of performing on stage!

I am now a qualified Tap dance instructor with the Association of Internal Dance Teachers (AIDT) and continue my studies by learning as much as I can about music, anatomy, and various dance styles. The creativity and talent out there never ceases to amaze me.

  • Tap Instructor
  • 6 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – I have an honors degree in Geoinformatics,  I love baking and do not drink coffee.

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Latin & Ballroom Instructor

Ken has been teaching Social Latin American and Ballroom dance since 2005. He enjoys choreographing showcases with a flair for the dramatic. He also has a great butt and can rock a pair of stilettos.

  • Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • Showcase Specialist
  • 17 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – Looks Fab in Heels

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Hip Hop Instructor

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  • Hip Hop Instructor
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  • ? years teaching experience
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Breaking Instructor

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  • Break dance Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Acro, Burlesque, Contemporary & Modern Instructor
I have been lucky enough to be dancing in some form my entire life. I started at the age of 3 with classical ballet, modern, and tap, and then acrobatics and gymnastics a few years later. In high school I started Latin and Ballroom dancing, completing my teachers training in 2008. I joined the UJ dance company in 2010 and was exposed to a multitude of styles from Cabaret, Urban Funk, Jazz, and Contemporary. I was definitely the worst at HipHop! I have a postgraduate degree in Anatomy and Biological Anthropology but prefer being in the dance studio all day. 
I have been teaching for 17 years and absolutely love every minute of it.
  • Acro, Burlesque, Contemporary, Modern, Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • 17 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – Qualified Anthropologist

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Latin & Ballroom Instructor
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Mark Schoeman

Bar Manager

I am a very fun happy go lucky person and I love interacting with people and I love teaching and dancing. I have been teaching for Fred Astaire for six years and I have taught for Arthur Murray dance studio for 10 years. I have also done lots of show cases I joined the Five6seven8 family in June of 2017.

  • Bar Manager
  • Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • 21 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – Secret Gamer
Barre Time Instructor

Melissa’s interest in Pilates and Barre began through her years of dancing. At times finding herself
working through injuries, she began to learn the benefits of Pilates in posture, movement, flexibility
and most of all injury prevention.
Her teaching career began in 2017 after completing her Comprehensive Teacher Training Course
with Basi Pilates. With an interest in continued education, she has furthered her skills to include Pilates with Kids and Barretime classes. She thrives on helping kids of all ages and skill ranges with the aim of teaching them how to live well in their bodies. Her much-loved adult Barre classes offer an enjoyable mix of it all helping everyone feel the benefits she believes in.
With her love and knowledge of dance and passion for helping people build their bodies, Pilates and Barre is the perfect platform to combine her passion with her career and share it.

  • Pilates & Barre Time Instructor
  • 5 years of teaching experience
Fun Fact – I Love to Sing

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K-Pop & Tik Tok Instructor

I started dancing back in high school at age 15. I was watching a kpop dance practice video and it was at that moment that I fell in love with dancing. I have been performing kpop dances since 2018 at different kpop events and I have performed a couple of times for WITS university. I started instructing because I love teaching kpop dances. Seeing my students grow as dancers and build their confidence is the best reward. 

  • K-Pop & Tik Tok Instructor
  • 2 years of teaching experience
Fun Fact – I was a backup dancer for Indigo Stella in her music videos Company and Bang Bang.

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Afrolatin & Line Dance Instructor Instructor

 Pule is a highly experienced dance instructor and choreographer with over 13 years of teaching experience. He is an expert in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Line Dancing, and is dedicated to sharing his passion and knowledge with his students.

Pule has an impressive dance background, having participated in numerous competitions and workshops both nationally and internationally. In 2017, Pule became the 2017 intermediate line dance world champion in two international line dance competitions in Blackpool and Tennessee Nashville. He is widely regarded as one of Johannesburg’s finest dance instructors and has taught a wide range of dance styles, including Argentine Tango.

Pule‘s teaching style is both engaging and supportive, and his patience and attention to detail have earned him a loyal following among his students. He has the ability to break down even the most complex moves into manageable steps, making it easy for his students to learn and master new dance skills.

  • Afrolatin & Line Dancing Instructor
  • 13 years of teaching experience
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Heels Instructor
I have been teaching dance since 2018. Heels dance is versatile in nature, has fewer rules than other disciplines, and therefore has a lot more room for individual self-expression.
I’m a fun, vibrant student and passionate about dancing in a way that makes me and other women feel capable, sexy, and confident. 
My class is a safe space to be you, to learn, and to feel silly. Dancing in heels is a sure way to build confidence, balance, and fearlessness and you will break more than a sweat. 
Beginner-friendly with my guidance you’ll become more and more comfortable in heels the more you attend and become more confident in different genres whether you’re a Beyonce fan, a Cardi B fan, a fan of amapiano or afro beats; I’ll have choreography that will excite you. Every now and again we’ll also slow it down with r&b. 
  • Heels Instructor
  • 5 years of teaching experience
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Belly Dance Instructor

Been dancing for 20 years and eventually found my passion for belly dancing. Ever since I have been training in mainly Egyptian style oriental dance and I enjoy sharing the knowledge. I love both choreographing stage performances and doing improve work. 2014 Drum Solo Queen Winner & 2019, 2021 Miss Belly Dance SA Judge!

  • Egyptian Style Belly Dance Instructor
  • 13 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – My title is DR

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