Meet Our Dancers

Born in Soweto, Thenjiwe spent most of her childhood in Johannesburg, beginning her career at The Youth Drama Society in Klipspruit, as a contemporary and traditional dancer. Thenjiwe joined Imvelo Dance Theatre, representing Gauteng at the National Arts Festival in a dance piece called “Imvelo”. She performed at the Dance Umbrella Festival Stepping Stones Programme (2002-2008). In 2012 Thenjiwe joined Moving into Dance Mophatong’s Performing ArtsTraining Course, also performing at the Windybrow Theatre in “Triumph”, directed by Jerry Mofokeng and choreographed by Sifiso Kweyama. Since 2012, Thenjiwe has worked with choreographers such as: MIDM’s SunnyboyMotau in “Man Longing”; Jessica Nupen in “Romeo & Juliet: Rebellion & Johannesburg”, produced in collaboration with Motau and Oscar Buthelezi; Somizi Mhlongo for the Closing Ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations; Mpho’s “Africhina”; PJ & Eugene Mashiane’s “My Body My Space”; and Sylvia Glasser and Lebo Mashile’s collaborative work, “Threads”. In 2016 Thenjiwe performed in “We Are Still Marching” – a work choreographed by Motau in collaboration with the Playhouse Dance Residency. She performed with MIDM in Alfred Hinkel’s “Bolero”. In the same year, she toured Russia as part of MIDM’s Russian/South African Season, and in 2017 she danced in Motau’s “I am NoT”, Oscar Buthelezi’s “Stuck Souls” and Robyn Orlin’s “Beauty Remained…” in Paris. Thenjiwe is also a talented choreographer, producing work such as “Woman in Man” performed at the SANNA Award ceremony, and “Straightjacket” as part of Impact No. 2 New Voices.