Dada Masilo

Dada Masilo is a South African dancer and choreographer, known for her unique and innovative interpretations of classical ballets.[3] Trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance, Masilo fuses these techniques with African dance steps to create her high-speed style.[3] She was born and raised in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. Although she is interested more in the personal challenge of choreography than political statements, her pieces often address taboos such as homosexuality and race relations.[3]

Dada Masilo
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Soweto, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Known forDance
AwardsStandard Bank Young Artist Award
2008 Dance
Gauteng Arts and Culture MEC Award
2006 Most Promising Female Dancer in a Contemporary Style



Masilo studied at Braamfontein's National School for the Arts, 2002.[2] Dada Masilo caught the eyes of Suzette Le Sueur, back then the Director of Dance factory school, and invited her to train professionally. Since then, Sueur became Masilo's mentor.[4]


Notable worksEdit

Classical balletsEdit

Original worksEdit

  • The Bitter End of Rosemary, based on Ophelia[2]
  • Dancing with Dada


  1. ^ "Infecting the City 2012". Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Menthe, Sam (16 August 2011). The Afropolitan Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Curnow, Robin (2 November 2010). "Dada Masilo: South African dancer who breaks the rules - CNN". CNN. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  4. ^ Vernon, Diana. "Dada Masilo, South Africa's Star Choreographer". Culture Trip. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Bryson, Donna (17 September 2011). "Artist William Kentridge on stage in South Africa - Washington Times". The Washington Times. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  6. ^ "The Vail Series [Denison University]» Blog Archive » DADA MASILO". Swasey Chapel, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, USA. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.

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