Andile Ndlovu – Andile Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most promising ballet dancers. After starring in productions of the Nutcracker and Don Quixote at The South Africa National Ballet, he was awarded a place at the prestigious American dance company, The Washington Ballet.
Breaking the mould – Performing on stage in South Africa. Ndlovu is one of a select few black ballet dancers to break through in to the highest echelons of the ballet world.
Confronting stereotypes – Ndlovu says he had to overcome racial stereotypes in order to succeed in his chosen profession, as well as the disparaging jibes of his school friends who made fun of his passion for ballet.
Award winner – Ndlovu stretches ahead of the International Dance competition at the Artscape in Cape Town, South Africa. Since joining The Washington Ballet in 2008 he has won international awards in both the U.S. and his native South Africa.
Working out – Warming up at in the training room of The Washington Ballet. Ndlovu says he works out with his dance colleagues from 9am until 6pm every day before staying on an extra hour or two to work by himself.
Role model – Aged 11 with a young dancing partner. Ndlovu hopes through his continued success he can change perceptions about ballet and encourage more young children in South Africa to take up the art form.