Teachers & Team

Meet Our Staff

We provide our students with personalised instruction
from the best teachers in South Africa & the World. Our teachers have demonstrated histories of successful professional dance careers and are passionate about using their stories and experiences to help younger aspiring dancers. 


Together, we provide our students with interactive training that challenges both their bodies and their minds.


Holly Gruver

Holly Gruver started JAC to support the dance, fine arts industry in Joburg, utilizing her expertise in dance teaching, education and conditioning of the mind and body as they are intricately connected. 

Lex Gruver

With the mind of an engineer and a passion for teach ballet, Lex is sharp, technical, and kind-but-demanding.

Angela Malan

Angela Malan was born and trained in Johannesburg. She has had a professional career as a Principal dancer spanning over two decades and has been named one of South Africa’s finest ballerinas.

Ken Yeatman

Ken Yeatman started training in Zimbabwe and continued training in London. As a dancer Ken worked all over the world performing with, among others, Ballet Rambert, London Festival Ballet, Irish National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.

Sam Kirby-Smith

Samantha Kirby-Smith is a qualified Physiotherapist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP). 

Jenna Bowes

Jenna has a passion for all things nutrition and a special interest in sports nutrition, child and adolescent nutrition, emotional eating, weight management and corporate wellbeing.

Aukse Trinkunaite

Aukse Trinkunas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, to a family of musicians. Aukse’s music education began at the M K Ciurlionis School of Arts. She obtained a Level 2 Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting and an M A in Opera and Concert Singing as well as Lecturing in Singing from the Lithuanian Academy of Music.

Tommy Gruver

Tommy's passion for rhythm makes his beats come alive. Students dance to his live beats in contemporary classes, inspired to take their movement to the next level and breathe through the music.

Sylvaine Strike

Sylvaine studied at the school of Mime and Movement Jacques Lecoq in Paris with a focus on the analysis of movement and directing. She  specializes in teaching character development, emotive transfer in the body, expression and storytelling in dance and theatre.

Melissa Pieterse

Melissa started music lessons at age 7 and has now been playing the piano for 15 years. She completed her Grade 8 piano exam through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in 2016, and is now working towards her Associate of Trinity College London Performance Diploma. 

Claire Cafetzoglou

Claire's passion for fine arts, design, and photography makes her a great asset to our team. She  graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University in 2020 with a B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design and specialises in marketing & design strategies that make businesses stronger.

Will Gruver

Dr. Sharon Venter

Troy Cafetzoglou

Friends of JAC

Seeking to expose our students to excellent international training and equip them with the tools needed for their chosen paths, we host regular master classes in collaboration with renowned & respected dancers, choreographers, and masters.

Guest master classes take place both live in our studios and over Zoom, enabling us to partner with experts from across the world.



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Michael Trusnovec

Paul Taylor Alum, choreographer & dancer

Hope Mamaine

Hip Hop & Modern Master Class Teacher

David Matamela

Contemporary Fusion Workshop Teacher

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