CPT Judge & Scout: Kim Hayman Felix
Kim Hayman Felix (AIDT) opened her dance studio in 1988 while her sister Bonnie Hayman de Beer (AIDT, RAD) was dancing professionally in South Africa & overseas.
Once Bonnie returned from dancing abroad she came back to South Africa Kim to join Kim and the Kim and Bonnie Hayman Dance Studio was born. Over the years they have successfully trained many dancers and teachers. They have trained their dancers and Associate Teachers in Ballet, Modern, Tap and also have Hip Hop teachers working with them. They expose the dancers to an assortment of competitions, festivals, bursaries, championships, shows, American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards and annual Internationally accredited AIDT and RAD examinations and bursary awards. Their tuition is of an extremely high standard and they continually produce some of South Africa’s most outstanding choreography. Kim has a passion and an unbelievable gifting for choreography.
In 2001 The KZN Dance Centre was formed. It is currently one of the largest Dance Studios in Kwa Zulu Natal, having 5 venues in the greater Durban area with 6 highly motivated and qualified teachers on their teaching faculty.
Whilst the dancers are often exposed to various ballet competitions, awards programmes and bursaries, Kim & Bonnie felt there could be more exposure in the disciplines of Modern and Tap. Although the children in South Africa are fortunate enough to have Dance Congresses, Conventions, Workshops and exams in Modern and Tap, there were no other performance programmes which they could work on to gain stage and performance experience. It was therefore their dream to create the South African Dance Awards Programme, where children irrespective of their dance performance level, could perform on stage in front of an audience and showcase their dance strength and stage personality. Kim was the key choreographer for this programme. The aim of this programme is to enhance the performance, personality, stage presence and confidence of dancers, as well as challenge them to achieve a high technical standard.
Kim continues to express her choreographic flair in producing local student & semi-professional productions as well as performances for the corporate industry.