Award-winning dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and development activist, Mamela Nyamza trained as a dancer at the Zama Dance School and later at the Tshwane University of Technology, receiving a National Diploma in Ballet. She joined the State Theatre Dance Company and received a scholarship to further her studies at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre. A highly acclaimed and provocative choreographer, often addressing human rights, her work has been performed internationally to critical acclaim. She was named in the Mail and Guardian’s prestigious Book of South African Women and Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, and has taught at Magnet Theatre, Zama Dance School and the UCT School of Dance. Nyamza is a Standard Bank Young Artist (Dance 2011), and Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow (2012).