From California to Joburg, all for the love of ballet

Californian dancer, Krystin Janicek, relocated to Johannesburg in pursuit of her passion at Joburg Ballet.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to ballerina, Krystin Janicek, and artistic director of Joburg Ballet, Iain MacDonald, about their dedication to the field.

Listen to the interview below:

The perception out there in the world is that we're so far away in Africa that we're not really going to meet the standard.

Iain MacDonald, Joburg Ballet artistic director

Corporate governance is high on the priority list to ensure that everything is accounted for. The company itself is doing well. We have great sponsors who believe in what we're doing.

Iain MacDonald, Joburg Ballet artistic director

The mental state of the dancer is critical to the outlook of the whole performance...If someone doesn't pull their weight, the whole thing collapses.

Iain MacDonald, Joburg Ballet aritistic director

I feel like the ballet community is so small and you have a chance to meet with amazing artists.

Krystin Janicek, ballerina

It's very important to stay positive all the time. The dancers here are very welcoming and friendly. It's like one big family.

Krystin Janicek, ballerina

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