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That was the year I would learn that dance was more than just movement, but a form of communication, an art. This was the year I met Ricardo Koopman, and joined Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio. Wednesday’s became my happy days, and I had found a new form of expression. I can never fully find words that would encapsulate how joining Ricardo’s studio shaped me, and give me a voice through dance. My confidence went through the roof, as a dance class, was not just a dance class, but a constant learning experience, and with the constant motivation from Ricardo, you wanted nothing more than to be your very own best. I never felt like I was competing with anyone whist in dance class, like I did with academia, but my biggest competition here, was myself. I am can say with such pride and a smile on my face that I am a product of Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio!!!
Dancing at Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio changed my life not only as a dancer but as a person. In terms of how I should look forward into life and how to take pride in what I do, how to present myself and to always work hard and to follow my dreams. I’ve learnt so much as a dancer by working and watching Ricardo Koopman and Tylor Spelman. They are both such amazing dancers and they have the utmost love and respects for what they do and this is rubbed on to their pupils and friends. Ricardo’s Modern dance Studio made me a better dancer that I was before and I’ve learnt and gained so much that still helps me today as a dancer. As a stutterer I’ve always struggled to talk to different people or those whom I never knew personally but I’ve gained allot of confidence through dance and this was the one way I could express myself without using words. Ricardo gave me the confidence to express myself and interact with people and I’ve met wonderful people due to dance. He has shown me what a good dancer I am and has always believed in me. I wouldn’t have been as good of a dancer if it wasn’t for Ricardo Koopman and Tylor Spelman, Dancers who I look up to and respect. Dance has changed my life and I Thank Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio for being my pillar and making me who I am today.
Today dance studies are offered through the arts and humanities programs of many higher education institutions, leading to Bachelor of Arts and higher academic degrees. My Name is Tylor Spelman and at the age of 14 ,I was blessed with the opportunity to join Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio’s , and through my experiences I have learnt a lot on how Dance is the art of body movement, usually rhythmically and to music but mostly the discipline in becoming a professional dancer. I’m so grateful to Ricardo Koopman for shaping me up at a young age to become the best i can be in what i do for a living and because of that I have an entertainment company called WeDFy Entertainment with my creative partners Simone Chantelle and Keegan Mitchell.
Thank you for your hard core (dancing) lessons. Because of your straight forward dance lessons and comments about my attitude towards dancing and all other self-respect lessons you taught me when it came to being a good and respectful dancer. Your lessons have taken me so far that i feel i owe you so much gratitude that dancing can buy! The passion you had when you taught Amanda and I our first solo dance piece was amazing… After your classes i was so much in love with dancing, i went hunting for a dance school and i signed with a spiritual dance school (His Kingdom Dance School). I left there 2years back. I am now living in KzN at a town called Kokstad and i am dance school hunting, that is how obsessed I’ve become with dancing all thank to you. The moral of the story is that you trained with passion and i gained with passion, you taught with love and i dance with love. I am super grateful to have attend your classes. Stay the most wonderful dance teacher.
A huge huge thank you to Ricardo Koopman! I’d like to thank you for truly bringing to life my desire to dance. Although the dance classes were always filled with fun, there were huge amounts of hard work and dedication put in. Ricardo always motivated us individually and pushed us to be the best dancers that we could be! I always looked forward to learning something new each day. I left Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio at around 12/ 13 years old, after about 6 years of training. I am now continuing my dancing as a school subject as well as doing ballet at the Cape Town City Ballet Centre and modern as well as contemporary at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. If it wasn’t for Ricardo, I would have never had such a strong passion towards dancing and the motivation to continue doing what I love. Ricardo’s bubbly and happy demeanour and true passion for dance and children radiates in each class. Thank you Ricardo for such a sound basis of modern dance!=
Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio had a positive impact for me, because i had a good basic training and opened more opportunities for me as a dancer. I furthered my dancing with dance for all, coz i wanted to do classical ballet for ,y technique and so i loved it, that was 5 year with miss Margie, so know I’m in a bridging programme at dance for all,dancing full time Kholekile Biyongo
I still remember my first day in dance class. It was a sunny Wednesday morning and we were all excited about dance. At least I know I was. We met Ricardo for the first time and he walked in looking ready to take the stage. I can still remember the very first four counts he taught us, it was all part of a modern dance piece he was teaching us. I can’t remember much else about it but the lessons of discipline, respect and showing passion for what you love are values that I will treasure for a lifetime. I don’t dance anymore, life happened, as it usually does, and I have opted to follow other passions. Dancing, I believe, is something that is within all of us. The need to move your body in some way, to some rhythm gives such a release to the body, that mad rush of happiness you get when the crowd applauds your performance. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air for the first time after being enclosed somewhere. I’d like to thank Ricardo for giving me that breath of fresh air every time I stepped into his studio. I’d also like to thank my peers that I used to dance with then you guys made it a wonderful experience. I still treasure those lovely afternoons
started at Ricardo’s studio 17 years ago in 1998 when I first moved to South Africa from Namibia, and stayed with the studio throughout high school until 2003. Since I finished my schooling we have maintained contact. Ricardo exposed us to a range of genres within dance from modern, to contemporary, and hip hop, and encouraged us to participate in competitions,pulled us through performances, and exams – always gently nudging us to improve. Ricardo encouraged us to express our creativity in presenting our own movements, while also taught us the importance of structure, rigour and foundations of dance. He picked up and fostered each of the students’ individual capabilities. He taught us the importance of discipline, while maintaining a warm heart and safe environment. I loved expressing myself through dance, it was a very special way of getting into my body. It tapped into a part of myself that is too often ignored in this corporally orientated society we live in. But perhaps more importantly, I admire the space that Ricardo created of tolerance, openness, warmth, generosity and presence – all which gave so much more of an education than just dance, but how to hold oneself firmly in life.
Tiffany Potgieter I started dancing with Ricardo when I was in primary school. After almost 10 years of ballet by that point, I wanted to try something new. I’ve always had a love for dance and friends of mine danced at other studios, doing modern dancing and hip-hop. They seemed to enjoy themselves, but I also saw that there was so much pressure put on them to be the best that they actually seemed rather stressed for young ladies, especially during eisteddfod season. I decided to give one of Ricardo’s classes a try and I was hooked! His passion for dance and his love for his pupils shines through. Ricardo always told us to have fun, to do our best and not be too concerned with our results. A merit for some was as much of an achievement as a distinction for others, and we were always made to feel proud of ourselves for our hard work paying off. I learnt a lot more from dancing than just the art of dance. I have made friends for life and learned values which I will never forget. I ended up dancing with Ricardo for about 11 years, returning to dance in his 20 Years of Celebration Show and have helped out with preparing students for shows/ eisteddfods over the past couple of years. If you have a son or daughter who is passionate about life and dancing, Ricardo’s Studio
Ayano was very young when she started at ricardos studios 4 turning 5 Ayano suffered with asthma and her pediatrician recommended she swim or dance to improve and strengthen her lungs we joined ricardos and it has been an incredible journey for both of us Ricardos passion for teaching and dance transends the classroom he’s patience and love for each and every student understanding that our kids are all wired different and findng a way that helps them to understand techniques and eventually come to love dance is absolutely amazing to see Ayano grew up in ricardos studios proud and confident loving every minute of her dance lessons even when ricardo pushed hard getting them ready shows or eisteddfods or exams sweating every muscle sore the excitement and love for dance never wavered tuesdays and thursdays could not come fast enough Thank you ricardo we love you dearly you have been such an enormous part of our lives and we will miss you The journey is far from over and your parting gift will be a part of my daughters life forever her love of dance Love Belinda
FROM MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA To everyone at the studio We have been in Melbourne Australia for almost 3 months now, and we have settled well. Erin is back into her dancing and still does ballet and modern which they call (Jazz). She is At a dance academy where they offer all different dance classes.We miss Ricardo’s Modern Dance studio very much. Even though Melbourne is touch & dedication for your dancers.The classes are very big, you are just a number and you don’t ever get to speak or even see the dance teacher. I believe you guys are all gearing up for another spectacular show. I wish we could be there to be a part of it all. You are staging brilliant shows. You are a real star polisher. All Parents Grannies friends will be very proud of the dancers I remember the last show Ricardo had. I don’t know how he did it through all that difficult challenges extra Rehearsals difficult parents Costuming and choreographing each item- organizing dvds- photographs/costume designs the foyer backstage managers make-up artist & entire show . Erin & all dancers enjoyed.
I felt privileged to be a member of the audience at your 20th Celebration of your dancing career. As I sat and watched the celebrations, my heart hurt just to think that Hout Bay had you, a precious jewel, in our community and we let you slip through our fingers. This 20th celebration could have been one of Hout Bay’s highlights. But, you made us very proud.As the weeks went by after the celebrations, I met quite a few old acquaintances (old classmates) that started dance classes in the Hout Bay Civic Centre with you. I could not explain the magic, feelings and experience I felt as I sat in the theatre and celebrated with you 20 years of dancing & teaching . the standing ovation just came natural when you appeared in your grand finale.
I met Ricardo Koopman in the late 1980’s in Cape Town South Africa while teaching Group fitness at Pats Health Studio in Grassy Park. He started a Saturday afternoon modern Jazz class and it sparked my interest so I joined. Little did I know that my life would be forever changed. Ricardo has a unique approach to teaching dance. His technique is designed to bring out the dancer in the non dancer especially those who are so called left footed. One of the most memorable teaching moments that holds true for me till this very day is how he enforced the emphasis on dancing with your inner passion. That enabled me over the years to bring out my unique dance style . I always try to lead my dance fitness classes with my inner passion and drive and it helps me help my students find the fun that lies hidden in fitness because they feed off of my energy which comes from within. Thank you Ricardo Koopman for guiding me towards becoming the best that I can be in the world of dance. Love you madly XXX
Ricardo brought out the best in me. I was never as supple as the other girls but he always made me feel like I was that special. With his kind words and motivation to do my best. I started when I was in primary school always in the front of the class, when lesson was over I never wanted to leave. It is because of him I’ve got nice long legs lol I wish u all all the best for the future and know u will make every girls dream come true!! Thanks for everything xx
Thinking back to my dancing days brings back such warm memories. Dancing at Riccardo’s studio played an integral role in my childhood, and I am forever grateful for this experience. A moment I will never forget was when our dance – the clock dance – won at the cape town eisteddford. What a thrilling and amazing feeling it was to be titled the best in our category! Thanks Riccardo! Wishing you all the best….
Ricardo Koopman with his wealth of experience in dance has helped shape the outlook on life for many students of which I was one. I have always been artistically inclined so it was not hard for me to appreciate dance as an art-form and not only view it as a tool for social engagement. Ricardo is the embodiment of dance and I have taken a lot of the principles and applied it to my professional life and found that resilience, dedication and hard work should not be substituted if success is what you’re after.
Being a part of Ricardo’s dance studio growing up was a huge highlight in my life and I made memories that will last a lifetime. Ricardo’s dance classes felt like an extension of home and he always made us feel like the best little dancers in the world!
Dancing in Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio was the most amazing highlight as a little girl. Ricardo taught me that it is not how good you are but how much you try and what you put into it, you will get out. Dancing in his studio made me realise that there is so much more to dancing than what you originally thought. Thank you Ricardo for so many years of making my dancing experiences as a little girl so incredible and for teaching me so many life lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Thank you so much Ricardo for changing my life towards dance. I have and still have a strong passion and desire towards dance. Thank you for being there for me and supporting me every step of the way! Dancing has always been in my blood. I stopped dancing at Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio in grade 8 (3 years ago). Can’t believe it’s been so long! I missed dancing so much that I recently started dancing at Green Zone Studios. I still remember one of the first classes at Ricardo’s, when all the girls got into a line and Ricardo used to click our toes and it used to hurt so much. My toes still click to this day by the way. It’s a habit now. I truly dance to feel my best, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. Dancing is literally an escape from the real world. So, thank you for giving me that motivation to continue dancing. I miss you so much and hopefully will see you soon one day xx