Established in July 2012, following the merger between The South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) and Mzansi Productions, South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB) is the country’s largest and most prestigious professional ballet company.
SAMB is a non-profit, Section 21 Company, proudly resident at the Joburg Theatre. The company consists of permanent and ad-hoc dancers skilled in both classical ballet and contemporary dance.
An extensive repertoire includes works by Petipa, Ivanov, Bovim, Maqoma, Paeper, Balanchine, Saint-Léon, Wubbe and others. An active performance schedule is maintained with two major seasons at the Joburg Theatre as well as promotional events, corporate entertainment, local and international tours.
In addition to the professional company, and under the auspices of SAMB, the following programs are managed:
- Development School in Alexandra, Tshwane, Olifantsfontein, Sophiatown, Melville, Soweto and – Braamfontein.
- An extra-curricular Ballet Academy for high school students
- A Graduate (apprenticeship) Program