CIARA SOUAD CÉZANNE BALDWIN

Ciara discovered her passion for dance and performance in at a very early age and, as a result, received extramural dance tuition throughout her schooldays.

 

She successfully completed her Diploma in Modern Jazz Dance Teaching in 2012 with the Association of International Dance Teachers, Cape Town. Ciara went on to do a 3-year performing arts course at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA), Cape Town, graduating with a Diploma with Distinction in Performing Arts, majoring in Dance, in 2015.

 

Ciara and her partner Nathan Bartman started their company MANACAN in 2017 and since then have performed, taught and choreographed in countries and cities such as, South Africa, San Fransisco, Las Vegas, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Belgium, England, Ireland and New York where they were awarded the Next @ Martha Graham Choreographic award.

Ciara has worked with companies including:

  • The Cape Dance Company (CDC), South Africa

  • Ace Dance and Music, UK

  • MUDA Africa, Tanzania

  • Magic Beans Theatre Company, Botswana

  • HereManje Productions, South Africa/USA

  • KB Theatre Productions, South Africa

  • Stanza Dance Company, South Africa

  • MNET Glo-Caf awards, Nigeria

  • Gugulethu Ballet Project, USA/SA

NATHAN DORIAN BARTMAN

At the age of 16 Nathan started dancing with a local Hip Hop crew in Eersterivier, Cape Town, South Africa. In 2011, following 3 years of training in that genre, Nathan received a dance scholarship for a senior bridging programme during which he received 2 years’ formal classical dance training under the direction of Phillip Boyd and Christopher Kindo. 

In 2013 Nathan was awarded a scholarship to study performing arts at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Debbie Turner. There he was trained in multiple performing arts disciplines and took advantage of the great opportunity to learn and perform the repertoire of the Cape Dance Company (CDC). Nathan completed three years of studies and graduated with a Senior Diploma with Distinction in 2015.

Nathan and her partner Ciara Baldwin started their company MANACAN in 2017 and since then have performed, taught and choreographed in countries and cities such as, South Africa, San Fransisco, Las Vegas, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Belgium, England, Ireland and New York where they were awarded the Next @ Martha Graham Choreographic award.

Nathan has worked with companies including:

  • Ballet Nimba, Wales

  • Magic Beans Theatre Company, Botswana

  • Ace Dance and Music, UK

  • MUDA Africa, Tanzania

  • Cape Dance Company (CDC), South Africa

  • HereManje Productions, South Africa/USA

  • Mzansi Cymru, Wales/South Africa

  • Tshwane DanceTheatre, South Africa

  • MNET Glo-Caf Awards, Nigeria

  • Waterfront Film Studios, South Africa

  • Alonzo King Lines Summer School, USA

  • Protein Dance, UK

  • Gecko Theatre Company, UK

  • Gugulethu Ballet Project, USA/SA