Our Professionals

Management Team

Diane West

Artistic Director

BalletRIP® was born out of sheer frustration. After a career in ballet, Diane tried aerobics, yoga, pilates, running, walking and mountain biking. Nothing hit the mark. In 1995, Diane began doing a series of dynamic exercises, based on principles of ballet, in her dining room. A few friends joined with astonishing results. The concept snowballed. Diane is now making her part-time passion a full-time reality. Diane is ready to train anyone who would like to teach BalletRIP® in their area. Thanks to BalletRIP®, Diane was able to fund her studies as a Counselling Psychologist specialising in performance enhancement in young ballet dancers.

Matthew Dove

Company Director

A trained Sniper and Rehabilitation Specialist in the British Army, Matthew first noticed the potential of BalletRIP as a powerful fitness product when appointed as Manager of Velocity Sports Lab in Hilton, Kwazulu Natal. Members flocked to the classes and kept coming back. Matthew approached Diane to roll-out the concept of BalletRIP nationally and internationally. Together, they formed a Registered Company and have created a formidable team with a clear focus for the future of BalletRIP®.

Erin Tracey

Marketing Director

Erin began her dance career with Ballet in Cape Town before relocating to Sydney, Australia to continue dancing. She changed styles on being introduced to Irish Dance! Erin continued to pursue RAD, Cecchetti Ballet and Contemporary styles through-out her career to continue building her knowledge in dance. On returning to South Africa, Erin went on to study Event Management and opened up Tracey Academy of Irish Dance in Hilton, KZN. Having met Diane through the Irish Dance community, she took to the BalletRIP concept and could not let go of it! Erin joins Diane at every instructor course acting as an assistant to her and the future BalletRIP instructors. Erin manages the daily operations and administration of the BalletRIP Society, including BalletRIP marketing and working with the brand developers to continue growing BalletRIP as a brand and fitness model.

BalletRIP Instructors

Alison Kloppers

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Howick, Hilton

Bonwa Mbontsi

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Pietermaritzburg, Hilton, Howick

Candice Skyes

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Richmond, Eston

Deborah Calder

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Pinelands, Plumstead

Christina Rencken

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Howick

Diane West

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Plumstead, Hout Bay

Evan Livesey

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Mouille Point

Jamie Breeze

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Fish Hoek

Jamie Knott

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Pietermaritzburg

Jessica Kholer

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Greenpoint

Nqaba Mafilika

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Plumstead

Paige Probert

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Howick

Sara Greenwood

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Bellville

Talisha Pienaar

Certified BalletRIP Instructor

Areas covered: Bergvliet