Oﬀering something for everyone. Top international dancers, trainers and choreographers will present this world – class event focusing on Tap and Hip Hop. The Convention has added Hip Hop, Modern, and Musical Theatre workshops to create a full dance experience. Additional fun and interesting workshops fill the gaps, making this a 2 day convention you do not want to miss. Let the Red Convention take you to your next level of dance.
Save The Date: 4 – 5 July 2020
Time: 12h30 to 18h00
Venue: Online – Platform used TBC
Meet the fantastic team of trainers who will help you take your dance to the next level.
Ruben Sanchez started dancing at the age of 6 where he studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Ballroom. Ruben has taught at many international dance festivals such as The Odessa Tap Festival, Tap United, Tap ON Barcelona, Paris Tap Festival and Taptastic just to name a few. Ruben has also made appearances in performances by companies such as Camut Band, Tapeplas, 4 Rhythm and Cambuyon among many others.
More recently, he is soloist Tap Dancer at the Centre Coreographique National de Grenoble in France as well as a teacher at the Luthier Tap Dance Formation in Barcelona.
Ruben studied under Tap Masters such as Guillem Alonso, Jason Samuels Smith, Max Pollack, Josh Hillbermann, Dereck Grant, Ted Levi, Leela Petronio, Sharon Lavi and Barbara Duffy and he continues to share his knowledge by teaching all around the world.
Robynne Versfeld is an international award winning professional dancer who has achieved multiple awards and podium positions in various competitions worldwide. Robynne started dancing at the age of 3 and has been active in the professional dance industry since 2011. She has been a part of the South African Dance Team since 2003, where she has qualified to represent South Africa in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Showdance, collecting multiple World Champion titles in each style over the years. Later on, she was invited to perform at a highly prestigious and exclusive international gala event in 2015.
Having taught in and around Gauteng for several years, Robynne has decided to dedicate her time to nurturing and passing on her knowledge to the new generation of dancers and has thus taught at various dance workshops and dance awards around South Africa.
Carlo is based out of Vancouver, Canada where he is best known for his work directing TwoFourSeven Company (Canadian National Hip Hop Champions 2013-2016, Body Rock Champions 2017, World of Dance LA Champions 2018, The Release Adult Champions 2019).
As a choreographer, Carlo has a reputation of being an exceptional visual storyteller. His unique methods of staging and his willingness to tackle challenging concepts and themes are what continue to elevate his craft and set him apart from the rest. Carlo pulls inspiration from all realms of movement from hip hop to contemporary both new and old school. His ability to embody such a diverse vocabulary has proven to be a valuable asset in his artistry.
Carlo is now making moves in the commercial world where you can see much of his work in music videos and television. Most recently, his work has been featured on season 2 of NBC’s World of Dance, Season 1 of World of Dance Philippines, Disney’s Descendants, and world renowned pop group BTS. Make sure to keep up with all of his current work on his social media handle @ati3nza.
Pacou is a well-known and respected street dancer, judge, choreographer. He is striving to be the same in his acting. Pacou is one of the founders of the well-known entertainment dance group called KINESICS.
Born in the Congo (DRC), he has been dancing and acting since he was 3 years old. Noticing his talent as he grew and the hearts he touched by his genuine authenticity in his art, he knew he had something special he had to share with the world.
Pacou Mutombo moves like a feather on the dance floor and is skills at Hip Hop, Poppin, Sbujwa and Afro fusion styles. He has been in the entertainment industry for a number of years and is stretching his talent even further. He is someone the entertainment industry should pay attention to as his career continues to unfold. Pacou is well known for the lead role he landed as the first African Superhero in the 16 part mini-series called JONGO. He also choreographed for The Voice Nigeria and has been MC at many prestigious dance events and competitions such as The Common Wealth Games 2017 and Battle of the Giants.
Talia Kodesh graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology with a Diploma in Musical Theatre. Her stage credits include: Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte- Naledi Award: Best Children’s Production), The Sound of Music (Louisa von Trapp), Pieter Torien’s International Touring Production of Cats (Jemima), We Will Rock You (South Africa- Ozzie Osborn; u/s Scaramouche and New Zealand- Scaramouche), Rent (Mimi Marquez), Chicago (Liz; u/s Roxie), Beauty and The Beast (Belle- Naledi Award Nomination: Best Actress in a Musical), Touring Production of Disney’s High School Musical (Gabriella Montez), The Last 5 Years (Cathy; Co-Producer). Talia is currently teaching contemporary dance at Jozi Dance Studios (www.jozidancestudios.com) and adult dance fitness at 5678 Productions (5678productions.co.za), and offers private coaching in dance and drama, while still pursuing her career in performance. She is proud to have an active role in the South African Performing Arts Industry.
Kensiwe is a South African dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and teacher who currently lives in California USA. She began dancing Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary at the age of 3 and began her professional dance career at 13 when she also represented South Africa at the Danceshow World Championships in Germany achieving medal-winning podium positions.
Kensiwe obtained her Musical Theatre Degree from the Tshwane University of Technology (2010) after which she worked in the South African theatre and television industry, culminating in nominations from the Fleur du Kaap and Naledi Awards (2014). She obtained her masters degree in Acting for Film through the New York Film Academy (2015, 2017).
She acted on the off-Broadway stages of New York (2016) whilst supporting herself as a dance teacher and choreographer there and in Los Angeles where her professional dance career flourished in Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers. LA C&D has been an extraordinary experience that has given Kensiwe the opportunity to grow as a teacher, dancer and artist. She is excited to share her experience and knowledge with South Africa’s youth during this year’s Red Convention.
Khensani founded MATHETA Dance in 2017, with aspirations to build its presence in both the States and South Africa. She was discovered in 2010 in her hometown Johannesburg, South Africa by international guest Ana Marie Forsythe at a Horton workshop, and recruited to the competitive Ailey School/Fordham University BFA program in New York City. She graduated Cum Laude as a double major in Dance – as a select Independent Study Choreographer – and Political Science.
She danced with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and performed works by noteworthy choreographers including Ronald K. Brown, Matthew Rushing, Michael Leon Thomas and Vincent Mantsoe, as well as Alvin Ailey in his classic work Memoria at New York City Center Theater.
Her choreography has been presented in numerous festivals around New York City including Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Battery Dance Festival, and Dance Gallery Festival. The Company has enjoyed residencies with CUNY Dance Initiative at Brooklyn College and the Ardsley House Choreographic Residency with Dance Gallery Festival.
Taylor-Lee started Tap dancing at the age of 4 years and has not stopped!
He has been part of the South African Tap Dance Team since 2006 and has travelled to Riesa, Germany every year to compete in IDO Tap Dance World Championships, first in the Children, then Junior and finally the Adult sections.
He received his Senior Protea colours for the first time in 2018 and again 2019 for Tap Dance.
In 2015 Taylor-Lee competed in the Dance World Cup in Romania and won the Adult Tap Solo section.
Taylor-Lee has been teaching Tap dancing full time at Red Robynne Studios since 2017 and also teaches at various other studios.
He is currently busy with his Tap Teachers qualification and still takes part in competitive dancing.
We are so excited to share this incredible workshop with you. Complete the form to register and be part of The Red Convention, The Internationals Workshops.
Once we have received your completed registration form, an invoice will be sent to you. When payment has been received, a confirmation of booking will be sent to you, as well as a welcome pack.
For more info on the Convention Workshop, please feel free to contact Red Robynne Studios.
"I have attended The Red Convention in both 2018 and 2019, and both experiences were unforgettable. Learning from the different dancers from around the world really taught me a lot about the different styles of dancing and I also got to experience different teaching techniques from different teachers. The whole experience overall was so much fun. Everyone there was able to dance together because that is what they loved to do. The Red Convention at Red Robynne Studios is something I look forward to doing every year and due to the current circumstances I am so excited that it will now be held online! I wouldn’t want to miss out on this amazing experience, the choreographers are absolutely amazing and the whole The Red Convention is just filled with the best energy. I can guarantee that you will have left The Red Convention feeling like you have learnt something new as well as with happy memories which will stay with you forever!"
"The Red Convention has been an outstanding initiative to expose our children to not only professional local dance teachers, but also international teachers. We have been part of TRC since inception and its been penciled in our diary every year. TRC has been an exciting platform for every dancer to grow creatively, challenge their insecurities, uplift their self-confidence allowing them to become better dancers yet still having FUN. Thank you!"
"Since the first The Red Convention in 2018, our girls have participated in this fantastic dance event. The international and local trainers brought in are of the best standard, creating opportunities for dancers to experience different dance genre’s, different styles of training and a taste of what the big world of dance is like. But mostly, this event is fun, exciting, challenging, and a place to make new friends, learn new things and become new dancers. The laughter, music, feeling of connection stays with the girls long after The Red Convention is over. As a parent of dancers, The Red Convention is a fantastic investment in their dance experience."
"I have been doing The Red Convention since it started and I couldn’t have asked for a better time. I have learnt so much from all the different teachers and had so much fun with all the participants. I made new friends and learnt new dance moves. The Red Convention is a way to meet some of the worlds best dancers and learn from them."