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Pro­fes­sional dancer, chore­og­ra­pher, teacher, fit­ness in­struc­tor, model and Ac­tor, Char­lie Van rooyen gives his tal­ents a spe­cial plat­form in his life. The 27 year old has ap­peared on var­i­ous tele­vi­sion shows such as the “So You Think You Can Dance” on SABC1 and a South African re­al­ity dance com­pe­ti­tion tele­vi­sion se­ries “Strictly Come Danc­ing” as a guest chore­og­ra­pher.

As a ver­sa­tile dancer, Char­lie spe­cial­izes in Con­tem­po­rary dance, Tap, Jazz, Mod­ern, Bal­let, Hip-Hop, Pantsula, Span­ish Dance, Latin and many more. With great op­por­tu­ni­ties hav­ing to per­form glob­ally in the past 9 years, Char­lie has worked with many of the in­dus­try’s big­gest di­rec­tors, pro­duc­ers, mu­si­cians, chore­og­ra­phers, singers and ac­tors.

He has chore­ographed dance works for dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies out­side South Africa. “I have per­formed on ev­ery Tele­vi­sion Award shows and also many live shows in South Africa”, he says. The multi-tal­ented Char­lie is cur­rently a Fit­ness in­struc­tor at Switch Play­ground Lone­hill and Go health club in Sand­ton, South Africa. He is also a brand am­bas­sador for ASICS SA and Evox Nu­tri­tion. As a pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­ual, Char­lie stepped into start­ing his own estab­lish­ment and is now a proud owner of an en­ter­tain­ment com­pany called CVR Pro­duc­tions. We had a few ques­tions for Char­lie that we be­lieve that will in­spire and em­power you about him and here is our chat.

What in­flu­ences you in the danc­ing in­dus­try?

“Somizi and Lor­cia Cooper have al­ways been my big­gest in­flu­encers. I just love their hus­tle and re­spect for the in­dus­try as well as the sup­port and ad­vice they have been giv­ing through­out the years re­gard­ing my ca­reer and per­sonal life. I love them dearly”.

Amongst all the dances that you chore­o­graph, which one is your favourite?

“I am a ver­sa­tile dancer, which means that I do many dif­fer­ent dance styles, but con­tem­po­rary dance is def­i­nitely my favourite be­cause I had for­mal train­ing for the dance”.

How did you de­cide to be­come a chore­og­ra­pher? Or is it some­thing that hap­pened sud­denly?

“I have al­ways been a cre­ative be­ing, hence be­com­ing a chore­og­ra­pher was nat­u­ral for me as I love cre­at­ing and ex­plor­ing and that is ex­tremely re­quired by a chore­og­ra­pher”.

What do you think about hu­man body in your job as an in­struc­tor?

“As a teacher and fit­ness in­struc­tor work with many dif­fer­ent body types and one thing for sure, they are all dif­fer­ent. Ev­ery­one's body re­act dif­fer­ently to dif­fer­ent things. And what makes a good teacher or in­struc­tor is know­ing how to work with these dif­fer­ent bod­ies”.

How do you make sure that ev­ery­thing that you do gives the best out­comes?

“Hard work and al­ways want­ing to make ev­ery project my best work ever”.

Ac­cord­ing to your­self, how do you de­fine “Tal­ent”?

“Tal­ent can be de­fined in many dif­fer­ent forms and ways. I be­lieve ev­ery hu­man be­ing has a unique tal­ent, but ev­ery tal­ent needs to be ex­er­cised in or­der to per­fect your tal­ent oth­er­wise it means noth­ing. Some peo­ple have men­tal tal­ents, and oth­ers have phys­i­cal tal­ents”.

Tell us about Enigma.

“Enigma is an in­ter­na­tional One Man show cre­ated, chore­ographed and per­formed by my­self and was Di­rected by well know Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Kevin Lega Jeff from New York”.

You have worked with many well-known in­di­vid­u­als, who do you wish to work with in the fu­ture?

“I have worked with many lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists but I have al­ways dreamed of work­ing with Bey­oncé and Ce­line Dion”.

What ad­vise can you give to some­one who has a tal­ent, but is afraid of ex­press­ing him/her­self due to fear?

“Fear will al­ways be there. And it’s good to have fear. I al­ways al­low my fear to mo­ti­vate me to get what I want. If I am not scared of any jour­ney I take on, then it’s not big enough for me”

What are you cur­rently busy with?

“- I am cur­rently work­ing on a 3 city tour launch for VER­SACE store.

- Wok­ing on two other cor­po­rate events here in Jo’burg.

- I am still work­ing on go­ing back to the US in April to per­form my show “Enigma”

- I am cur­rently work­ing on a new one man show that will hope­fully premier end of March.

- I am busy writ­ing a new re­al­ity show for DSTV, which I will hope­fully get the bud­get for.

- I still do a lot of fit­ness events and have daily clients

- I still teach dance at dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies, uni­ver­si­ties and schools”.

MORE OF CHAR­LIE:

- Very shy guy off stage.

- Loves work­ing with kids.

- En­joys spend­ing time by him­self in­doors.

- A very happy guy and gets along with ev­ery­one.

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