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Leading Soloist

Mlindi was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa where he trained at the Cape Town City Ballet and Cape Junior Ballet School. He completed his training at English National Ballet School. He has performed with Cape Town City Ballet and was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition. He joined Northern Ballet in 2013.

Find out more about Mlindi

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa.

At what age did you start dancing?

Age 9.

Where did you train?

I started with the male development programme Saturday classes offered by Cape Town City Ballet which led me to join the Cape Junior Ballet School under Dianne Cheesman. I completed three years of training at English National Ballet School.

Mlindi Kulashe as Valmont and Kyungka Kwak as Courtesan Emilie in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Riku Ito
The poster image for Dracula with Mlindi Kulashe as the title character and Minju Kang holding on to him. Photo Guy Farrow
Two dancers touch hands whilst stood back-to-back
Nanerl and Wolfgang's joyous dancing is interrupted when their stern father arrives
Geroge Wilson, performed by Mlindi Kulashe, dances a lament in his garage wondering where his wife, Myrtle is. Photo Emma Kaudlhar.
Mlindi Kulashe as Valmont and Kyungka Kwak as Courtesan Emilie in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Riku Ito
Uncle Drosselmeyer entertains the Edward's children and guests
Cardinal Richlieu, Milady de Winter and Rochfort plan their heinous conspiracy

Awards/nominations/prizes

Bronze Medal at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

Performing and engaging with an audience.

How do you like to relax?

Watching a lot of movies.

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

An actor or a TV presenter.

Mlindi is sponsored by Paul & Diane Cusworth

Header photo taken by Justin Slee. Other photos taken by Riku Ito, Emily Nuttall, Guy Farrow and Emma Kauldhar.