Marilize Griffiths, owner of Dance Domination (since 2013) – Hillsboro, started her dance training at the age of 15 at Manulani Cohen Dance Studio. She started her professional dance career at the age of 26. In 1995 she had the opportunity to represent South Africa during the World Gymnastrada in Berlin.
In 2001 she distanced herself from amateur dance status and declared herself as a professional dancer. She started out as assistant dance coach at Manulani Cohen Dance Studio. In 2002 she obtained her Associate qualification in Freestyle and in 2005 her Licentiate qualification acknowledged by SADTA. Marilize also obtained an Associate qualification in Hip Hop at SABOD as well as a Group Fitness Qualification at IIFT.
Marilize currently teaches: Freestyle, Hip Hop, Disco, Modern, Bellydance and Acrobatics.
For the past 17 years she has trained dancers of all levels in the competitive world and had many of her studio’s dancers compete regionally, nationally and internationally. Marilize’s studio has dancers that qualified for the Disco World Championships from 2013 to present, as well as dancers who qualified for the Freestyle Championships in Blackpool, England. In 2017, 26 dancers from her studio has qualified to participate in the Disco World Championships in Chomotov, Czech Republic in June this year.
Marilize is qualified to judge all disciplines in freestyle and also has done her regional adjucators course at the SABOD. Above all, Marilize believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all. Says Marilize: “If you put your mind to it anything is possible”.