Andries Weidemann is a South African born dancer, educator and choreographer. He worked as a principal dancer for several companies in Southern Africa and Europe and, during a distinguished career, received two FNB Vita Awards and two Niemann/van Rheede Awards for best male dancer. In 2001 he founded the South African Ballet Theatre School (later the School of Classical Ballet, SA) and served as advisor to the South African Ballet Theatre on its dance education programmes for disadvantaged children. He is a member of the faculty of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), guest teaches for The Royal Academy of Dance and The Cecchetti Society and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) in WA. As a choreographer, Andries has created original works for companies, festivals and schools and also creates stage movement for plays and operas. Previous engagements include executing choreography for The Rake’s Progress at The State Theatre of WA, choreography for several WA Opera productions, choreography for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 2011, as well as freelance work in the Middle East. As founding Director of the School of Classical Ballet, SA, Andries returns regularly to the State Theatre, Pretoria, to work with students of the school and also facilitates bi-annual dance tours to Australia.