Nine' Academy of Film, Theatre and Dance

By: Nine' Academy of Film, Theatre and Dance  09-05-2012
Keywords: Film, Dance, theatre


Academy of Film, Theatre and Dance

The of Film, Theatre and Dance offers training in the disciplines required for a career in the world of performing arts.  The location is the Studios in West.

It is the dream of Academy Principal, Janine Holthuysen, to package her 20 years of training and experience in film, dance and theatre to equip students with the tools and qualifications they need.  Exposure to the joy and excitement of the world of entertainment is also a fun way to build confidence, poise and presentation skills.  Students are able to choose classes in one or more aspects of the performing arts.


Janine Holthuysen, principal of the Academy, is a qualified Speech and Drama Teacher (Trinity College of London) and Modern Dance Teacher (Association of International Dance Teachers – AIDT).  She brings to the studio over 20 years of experience in stage and film.

Janine’s lifelong fascination with the performing arts was sparked when she joined the Somerset West Playhouse and performed in a number of local amateur productions before professionally “treading the boards”.  Her dancing talents blossomed under the tutelage of Jean Parker, then Principal of Outline Dance Studio.

Musical theatre and dance

Over a period of 11 years, Janine was contracted to theatre companies, which included the Artscape, Baxter, and Durban Play House, working in professional theatre shows as a dancer, actress, choreographer, singer and technical crew.  Theatre productions included roles in “Evita”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Hair”, “Gershwin”, “Queen at the Opera”, “Poison” and “Annie”.

Films and commercials

During this period she also performed in film, television and commercials, as well as writing, producing, directing, choreographing and designing stage shows. These included productions for commercial, corporate and fundraiser events - managing and directing both technical and creative aspects.

Janine has been in the film industry since 2001, working closely with international and local film and commercial directors. Her positions as Casting Director, Assistant Director and Cast Coordinator entailed selection of artists and on camera direction as per the director’s requirements.  Working closely with directors in studios and on sets has given her valuable insight into performance for camera and what is required of an artist.  It has also given her exposure to the mechanics of working on set and the technical skills required by film and commercial crew.

 Janine was privileged to meet and work with top actors such as Nicholas Cage, Colin Farrell, Meg Ryan, Leon Schuster and William H Macey. She has worked on productions such as “The Deal”, “Sinking the Lusitania”,” Scorpion King Rise of the Akkadian” ,” Mama Jack” , “The Librarian”, “Lord Of War”, “Ask the Dust” , “Free Willy” and “Faith Like Potatoes”  -  numbering over 200 projects in all.  Working on various TV series such as the American “ER” and local series such as “Survivor” and “Boer Soek ‘n Vrou” has further enriched Janine’s experience.

Keywords: Academy, Dance, Film, theatre

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