Waterfront Theatre School

Waterfront Theatre School

Waterfront Theatre School, Keith and Delia established a part and full time College in 1978, in JHB in the Carlton Center under the name of Dance Workshop.
The College expanded and moved to Rosebank in 1986 and relocated to Cape Town in 1992 under the new name of ‘The Waterfront Theatre School’Overlooking Cape Town’s prestigious V&A Waterfront,the College now has nine studios, 3 private lesson rooms, 3 costume stores, a canteen, an extensive workshop and serviced accomodation for 20 full-time students. There is a resident staff of 13 teachers,plus guest teachers.
All teachers and lecturers are fully internationally qualified and the courses are registered through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London and Trinity Guildhall of London. This insures that all qualifications issued by the Waterfront Theatre School and College are transferable and recognised world wide.
Guest tutors ensure that the work is current as the teachers are involved in ongoing professional productions both nationally and internationally. There is a resident guard/caretaker and 24 hour patrol from the Waterfront.


The Waterfront Theatre School and College caters for the individual needs and talents of the student.
Due to the large number of studios and teaching staff, the time-table can be individualised. For example:- the student may major in Dance with Drama and Musical Theatre as secondary subjects or any combination thereof. There is constant re-evaluation of the student’s abilities and classes may be adjusted to accomodate progress and individual goals. The time-table is adjusted annually to keep abreast of the ever increasing and changing demands of the profession. Private tuition and ‘catch-up’ classes are also offered in order to maintain standards and pre- pare the students for their individual examinations in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. Graduates are advised on their portfolio, showreel, finding an agent and employment etc…

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Waterfront Theatre School Courses

Dance: A 4 year tertiary education course

International qualifications in teaching and performing to Associate Diploma I.S.T.D.London

For full details link to www.istd.org

  • Classical Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Pilates
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Contemporary
  • Broadway
  • Musical Theatre Styles
  • Funk jazz and Hip Hop
  • Choreography

Dance Majors are trained in all genres to Advanced level, with Drama and Musical Theatre as secondary subjects. A Teachers training course is offered which may exclude subjects other than dance if required. A major dance production is produced annually.

Dancers are encouraged to choreograph their own work. Dancers are selected by audition to be members of the Theatre Company.

Drama: Examinations through the Trinity College of London, offering International qualifications in both performance and teaching to Fellowship level. A conversion to Degree status is in process through A.P.L. (Accredited Prior Learning). Drama students are encouraged to write and perform their own original work. Three performance venues are available within the college. Theatre craft is an integrated part of the course, in order to deal with all aspects of theatrical production from page to stage and beyond. Dance and Musical Theatre form an integrated part of the drama course.
Regular performances are held within the college, independent theatres and festivals.

  • Speech
  • Oral Communication
  • Play study
  • Practitioners
  • Acting Methodology
  • Improvisation
  • Characterisation
  • Television Presentation
  • Theatre History
  • Voice Production
  • Repertoire
  • Master Classes
  • Audition Techniques
  • Theatre Crafts
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Musical Theatre: All International qualifications to Fellowship level, in both teaching and performance are through Trinity College of London. The Diploma is in the process of being converted to Degree Status through A.P.L. (Accredited Prior Learning) It is compulsory for Musical Theatre students to attend dance and drama classes in order to become “The Triple Threat” demanded by the industry. A Musical production is produced annually along with individual and group platform performances.

As with Drama, Musical Theatre students are encouraged to produce and create their own work. Students of the Junior school, as well as the Seniors, are made available for this purpose, utilising the three acting areas available in the college.

Classes Offered:

Voice Placement, Breathing Techniques, Singing Repertoire, Microphone Technique, Master Classes, Audition Technique Musical Theatre History, Sung Improvisation, Choral Work Harmony, Musical Theatre Choreography, Theatre Crafts

Part Time and Childrens’ Classes


NOTE:- The student may advance further to Advanced level in all Dance genres, but this is not recommended whilst still at school, as with the pressures of school work it often creates extreme stress on the student to continue with classes at the intensity required whilst in Grades 11 and 12.
Therefore we recommend that Advanced 1 & 2, plus teaching diplomas are completed at tertiary level. ( See tertiary education course ) All examinations have International recognition and the Quality Control is monitored from the UK. Diplomas and reports are issued by the Headquarters in London. All communication regarding examinations or queries must be channelled through the College.No personal communication to the I.S.T.D. by parents or students is permitted.

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Classical Ballet Primary Grade to Intermediate ISTD London
Modern Dance Primary Grade to Intermediate ISTD London
Tap Primary Grade to Intermediate ISTD London
Jazz Silver and Gold Medals ISTD London
Funk Jazz and Hip Hop Non Syllabus
Show Work Broadway / Character Work / Musical Theatre
Contemporary Styles etc…
The Primary Syllabus has been developed by British Educationists and leading dancers to develop confidence, musical interpretation, physical co-ordination and active participation in the young child. The age group is from 5 to 7 years and dance is part of a “Primary Package”.Classes are held on Saturday mornings to include Ballet, Modern Dance and Drama. Strict guidelines are adhered to for the development of the young child in Performance Arts and teachers are carefully selected. Children are escorted by the teacher to the next class and never left unattended.

Contact of Waterfront Theatre School

Contact Us

Mary Martin Office Administrator 021 418 4600
Gayle Haefele Accounts Administrator 021 418 3114
Delia Sainsbury Director 083 556 7849
Paul Griffiths Partner/Head of Drama 076 141 5785
William Jones Head of Male Dance
Galloway Theatre Hire Sharon Everett 021 418 5380
Galloway Theatre Hire Deon Bisschoff 084 834 4549
Fran Hills Agency 021 418 4600
Delia/Paul – Agency Agency 083 556 7849