Melanie Kisten Dance Academy registration

MKDA performers
MKDA performers

The Melanie Kisten Dance Academy (MKDA), one of the most sought-after dance schools in KZN, is opening its doors for its 2018 intake of students under the leadership of acclaimed Durban showbiz luminary Melanie Kisten.

Regional registrations take place as follows: Merebank Settlers Primary School on Saturday 27 January at 09:00; Chatsworth Croftdene Library on Saturday 27 January at 11:00; Chatsworth Woodhurst Library on Saturday 27 January at 13:00; Phoenix Pesco Hall on Monday 29 January at 17:30; and Merebank Community Centre on Tuesday 30 January at 17:30.

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Melanie Kisten
Melanie Kisten

MKDA teaches Modern and Indian Dancing, Hip Hop and Drama to students from four years and older, and classes are held in Merebank, Croftdene, Woodhurst, and Phoenix. Classes are R140 per month.

Melanie Kisten can be contacted via her mobile or WhatsApp on 083 235 1207 or on e-mail at

“Students of all ages are given equal and fair attention by professional and dedicated instructors, and the unique, fun and dynamic methods of teaching ensure that learning is as enjoyable as possible,” says Kisten, a much-loved and hard-working community figure who was seen as Crab Aunty in the smash hit movie comedy, Keeping Up with The Kandasamy’s. “When I look at all my students, and their love for dance, I feel so much joy. Along with my team of teachers, I play an integral part in their journey – and it is thanks to these youngsters taking up the torch, that our culture will endure.”

Every MKDA student has an opportunity to perform in front of an audience, which boosts their self-confidence, and showcases their talents. MKDA productions have sold-out runs wherever they are staged. Last year’s production, The Bread, The Porridge and The Mix Masala – in which even four-year-old children got to showcase their talent – played to capacity audiences at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre.

“If your child has dreams of becoming a star, or you’d like to build their confidence, or even just let them enjoy dancing for fun – then MKDA is the place to be. If you dance with your heart, Dance will never leave your heart,” says Kisten. “Whatever your body type, large or small, short or tall – we believe in A.B.C.D. Any Body Can Dance!”

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