Ricardo Koopman grew up in Hout Bay and despite the odds – and there have been many – he fought for his dream to become a dancer.
The kid who walked from his Hout Bay home to the city centre for his classes and auditions, went on to dance his way onto the Artscape and Baxter stages and into some big-name productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Merry Widow, and Phantom of the Opera.
Ricardo is now a qualified modern dance teacher in contemporary and creative movement.
For many years, he taught for free in Hout Bay, in search of raw talent, but with no financial backing it wasn’t easy.
“I have to receive a salary or a sponsorship to pay my salary to continue the passionate work I have done and still have in mind for the willing and youth and young children.”