Eduard Greyling

Eduard Greyling (born Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa, 1948) is a retired South African ballet dancer. He is the son of Ferdinand Jacobus Greyling and his wife, Jacomina Nicolasina Heyneman. He matriculated from D.F. Malan High School in Bellville, Cape Town in 1965.


He first studied with Jennifer Louw, then at the UCT Ballet School and joined CAPAB (since renamed the Cape Town City Ballet Company) in 1967. He danced with the Dutch National Ballet for eighteen months during 1974-75. In 1980, he danced as guest artist, opposite Maina Gielgud, in her ‘Steps, Notes & Squeaks’ at the Old Vic Theatre, London. He also performed as a guest artist with the Bulawayo Ballet Society in Zimbabwe, the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, the NAPAC Ballet Company and the PACT Ballet Company in Pretoria. He enjoyed a famous stage partnership for seventeen years with the ballerina Phyllis Spira.

He was trained in the Cecchetti method. After his official retirement in 1988 as Danseur Noble, from 1988-89 he trained as Benesh Choreologist in London. He continued to perform in principal and character roles while Benesh choreologist and teacher for the company. In 1996 he became a lecturer on dance notation at the UCT School of Ballet (now UCT School of Dance). He eventually retired from the stage at the age of sixty. He has gained a doctorate in dance notation exploring the notation of African dance. He is also a dance critic for Die Burger. He has worked as a guest teacher at the Showa Academy in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan; at the Star Dancers Ballet in Tokyo; at the Hong Kong Ballet Company and at Pretoria Tech.


Naomi Press Scenaria Award, 1988
Kuhla from the Welgemoed musiek skool
Nederburg Award for Ballet, 1977 and 1983

In 2006, he was named a Fellow of the Benesh Institute, which is highest award given by the Royal Academy of Dance in recognition of outstanding and exceptional service rendered over a substantial period of time to The Benesh Institute and Benesh Movement Notation. He is also listed in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet. In 2006, he was appointed an honorary member of Cecchetti International (He is also the patron of the Cecchetti Society of SA), and in 2009 the Cape Tercentenary Foundation awarded him the Molteno Medal for lifetime achievement.

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