Ballet has a long history in Johannesburg but Joburg Ballet traces its beginnings to the establishment of The South African Ballet Theatre at the State Theatre Pretoria in 2001 when six dancers gathered a company together and began presenting performances.
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A major milestone was the move to new, purpose-built studios and offices at the Joburg Theatre. With a home of its own in Johannesburg, the company moved forward with greater confidence and the advantage of being closer to SA’s cultural and economic heartbeat.

The next important development towards the establishment of Joburg Ballet was the merger of SABT and Mzansi Productions to create South African Mzansi Ballet in 2012. In 2013, the City of Johannesburg announced a generous sustainable funding grant for the company in terms of which the name was changed to Joburg Ballet.

The grant from the City of Johannesburg marked a major development in SA arts funding, increasing Joburg Ballet’s ability to better fulfil its vision of making dance an art form embracing the widest possible cross section of SA society, and to enhance standards, training, development, job creation, opportunities, continuity, sustainability, tourism, international goodwill and transformation.
Joburg Ballet is under the artistic directorship of Iain MacDonald and performs ballet classics and contemporary works in SA and internationally. In addition to the professional company, Joburg Ballet operates development and outreach programmes, the Joburg Ballet School, Ballet Academy and Aspirant Programme.

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