Musical Theatre Masterclass is a boutique studio situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands region of Paarl.
We offer part-time tuition in musical theatre, focusing on that all important ‘triple threat’ skill, our students are equipped with the ability to sing, dance and act.
With our courses taught by industry professionals and creatives we offer an experience like no other where your teens and little ones can surround themselves with all things theatrical.
Of course, one does not need to pursue a career in the arts to have fun here at MTM. We aim to build to confidence, self-esteem, concentration, focus, discipline and team-work in all our students. We are passionate about building confident young performers in all facets of the arts.
Director and Musical Director
Dane Marais has always wanted to be a performer and creative. His love for performing started at a very young age, which led him to studying four years as a full-time student at the Waterfront Theatre School where he obtained his LTCL international qualifications in musical theatre, drama and dance through Trinity London.
He has also performed in numerous theatrical and musical theatre productions at the Artscape Theatre such as ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘All the World’s a Stage’ to name a few. He has also done various short films and TV commercials both locally and internationally.
In 2016, he decided to take a leap of faith and open his own small business in Paarl called ‘The Musical Theatre Masterclass’. He opened the studio with the sole purpose of training a young generation of child performers who share a passion and love for performing in all aspects of dramatic arts. He uses his knowledge, expertise and experience in this field to train his students while building confidence, discipline, self-esteem and team-work, igniting a small flame in his students.
He believes it is important for young kids to have more opportunity and platforms for performing on stage and appealing to a larger audience.
Wiaan started dancing at the age of 18. After school he started his training in dance and choreography at Dance de’ Art Dance Centre in Pretoria.
Wiaan has choreographed various school productions and dance shows.
In 2008 Wiaan participated in the South African Championships of performing arts and received 4 gold medals. He qualified to go to Los Angeles, USA for the World Championships of performing arts where he received 4 silver medals. Wiaan was part of the Deja Vu Dance Company as of 2009 – 2013 and was also one of the main choreographers. In 2012 Wiaan danced in the Afrikaans Musical PRETVILLE. He has done various music videos including “Adam – Kasteel”, “Supercool / Gangnum style – Dirk van der Westhuizen”, Klopjag, Pieter Koen and more.
Wiaan moved to Cape Town early 2014 and started working in the dance/entertainment industry. Wiaan is part of the TDA organisation and has his international dance teacher’s qualification. He is TDA’s youngest examiner and is qualified to examine all the styles the TDA offers. Wiaan is trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Acro/Gymnastics, Sports Aerobics, Body Conditioning and more.
In the last few years he has been in numerous productions, musicals and advertisements and received various awards for his performances, contributions and choreography.
Wiaan is a very detailed teacher and has a huge love for people; he always looks for the fun in every situation.