Wehan van Jaarsveld decided to study dance instead law after high school. He shares four points: 1) prevalence of uninvolved fathers 2) the ideal of phoney masculinity 3) repression 4) struggles to connect. Boys and girls found his dance studio in school to be a safe place to express themselves. The studio is a neutral zone, and dance requires all of you.
Hailing from George, Wehan van Jaarsveld currently heads the Dance Department at Outeniqua High School in George and is Managing Director of the Dance Academies Group.
He grew up in George and studied BMus Dance at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Contemporary dance and Classical Ballet. On completion of his qualification he joined the Cape Town City Ballet company as a full-time professional artist, but later relocated to Los Angeles. During his time in LA he was based in West-Hollywood for rehearsal periods, from where he worked abroad for the next 8 years accompanied by his wife, Jane. They returned from Hawaii in 2009 and hung up their performance shoes in exchange for a life in George, in the Southern Cape.
Having performed extensively in various styles over a number of years, he is passionate about youth development through dance.
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