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Nicolette Atkins


Los Angeles Ballet Academy

Teacher Assosiate

Started ballet lessons at the age of 3 with Sannie Marie Slabbert (her mother), who continues to teach in South Africa. Studied ballet (Cecchetti Method) and some tap, modern and Spanish with Pam Wedd and Hennie Grobbelaar. Graduated from the Pretoria High School for Art, Ballet and Music with a distinction in Practical Ballet, and completed Cecchetti Advanced Exam in the same year. Attained the Cechetti Associate Teacher's Diploma (with Honours) and is a member of the International Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.). Graduated from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) with a Bachelors of Arts degree (English, Afrikaans/Dutch as majors, and History of Music (sub-major)) and attained the post-graduate Teacher's Diploma. She also has a Marketing Certificate from Damelin College, Durban South Africa. Nicolette has worked in arts marketing in South Africa and at the Los Angeles Opera, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is married to an opera singer. “I love ballet, and I love to teach at Theatrics because I believe in a solid technique, the beauty of each little person, and the positive gifts that dance brings into our lives. . I hope that everyone -- whether a dancer or a member of the audience --, will experience the joy that dancing has given me.”

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