Ballet is a universe of the imagination, a place of magic and enchantment, beauty and romance. So the adage goes. To this Joy Cargill, who teaches ballet at the Joy Cargill Studio of Ballet in Paarl, adds: “It improves confidence, coordination, posture, self-esteem and physique.” Joy is a fully registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher, holding an International Teachers qualification. Her initial interest in this classical dance form came from watching her older sister’s ballet classes and falling in love with her ballet shoes. Joy offers classes in the internationally acclaimed Royal Academy of Dance method to Tiny Tots through to Pre-Primary, and Graded to Vocational Graded classical ballet. One of the biggest benefits for youngsters doing ballet is the friendships it encourages outside of school, and ballet is FUN! Joy says one of her favourite things about being a ballet teacher is “working with children and seeing their progression”.

She continues: “The teacher-pupil relationship in ballet is unique in that it is potentially a lifelong one. As tutor and mentor, I take pride in fostering a comfortable relationship with each individual student.” The dancers at the Joy Cargill Studio of Ballet take part in the annual International Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams. They also participate in the Paarl Valley Eisteddfod as well as in productions, including those of Cape Town City Ballet. The studio undertakes full-scale ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, The Fairy Doll, The King and I, and others. “But ballet is not just for children,” adds Joy. Adults can take up ballet too, she says, though it does require hard work and dedication. Ballet is a great form of exercise! (She however does not offer adult classes herself.) For some, a life without ballet would be pointless…

Contact Joy Cargill by email at or WhatsApp at 072 600 8037.

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