There are many career paths in dance — performance, teaching, choreography. Bailey Snyman excels in all three. Through the Matchbox Theatre Collective, which he co- founded in 2006, Snyman performs, teaches and creates contemporary choreographic techniques in between lecturing physical theatre at Wits University. As the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Dance, Snyman has another title to add to his list. For 34-year-old Snyman, working with children, students and professionals gives him a better understanding of how different people engage with dance. Snyman can relate. Having grown up in Kimberley, his first real experience of dance was at a National Arts Festival in 1993. That visit inspired him to study drama at Rhodes University, where he completed a master’s in choreography and contemporary dance studies. Today Snyman is putting the final touches to his latest work — Moffie — which will premiere at his old stomping ground, Grahamstown, at the festival in July.
— Zeenat Mahomed