Our Instructors

Alissa Steyl


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…

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!

Marcelle Dewet

Freestyle, Musical Theatre, Latin & Ballroom Instructor

I started with tap when I was 8 years old, slowly adding more and more dance styles as I grew up, but truly found my passion when I was accidentally dragged into teaching ballroom and latin at age 16, even though I am qualified in teaching tap, modern, lyrical as well as hip hop, ballroom and latin will always be my favourite style of dance to teach. I love discovering how other people learn and applying that to help them dance to the best of their abilities. 

  • Freestyle, Musical Theatre, Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • 5 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – Every day is Halloween for me. 

Janie Opperman

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

Studio caretaker


  • 10 years with the studio
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Andy Khumalo

Latin & Ballroom Instructor


  • Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Ashlee Viljoen

Acro & Preschool Instructor


  • Acro & Preschool Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Bianca Briajraj

Bollywood Instructor


  • Bollywood Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Bianca Dias

Wedding Dance Instructor


  • Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Debbie leopold

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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Delta Choshi

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

Edwina Roxburgh

Zumba Instructor


  • Zumba Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Gabriella Smith

Physical & Technique Instructor

I’ve  been dancing for 15 years with experience in Ballet, Contemporary and Burlesque. I have a certificate in Anatomy from the University of Michigan and a certificate in The Science of Exercise from the University of Colorado Boulder. I’m passionate about teaching physical/technique development as not only an auxiliary activity to help with dance, but to improve the overall health and wellness of the body and mind, using the time spent on these activities to appreciate what your body is capable of and grow beyond what you thought possible.

  • 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.

Juan louw

shuffling Instructor


  • Shuffling Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Kaylin Robinson

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.

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

Ken horn

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

Kristen Tameirah

Hip Hop Instructor


  • Hip Hop Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Leon Labuschagne

Breaking Instructor


  • Break dance Instructor
  • ? years teaching experience
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Lizanne Robinson

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

Malehu Mphahlele

Latin & Ballroom Instructor
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Mark Schoeman

Latin & Ballroom Instructor

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.

  • Latin & Ballroom Instructor
  • 21 years teaching experience
Fun Fact – Secret Gamer

Melissa Schafer

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

Nicole Hill

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

Sisipho Gcanga

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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Thelma Rose

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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