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“My heart lifts my feet and I Dance...hoping to inspire others to join in as they listen and follow the tune from heaven” – Kati  Ansell

Kati Ansell 

The founding director of CDA, Kati has been a teacher and choreographer for more than 25 years. Her passion is to see arts and artists fulfill their complete potential as they give glory to God, their original creator. In the context of CDA this training, exposure, and release is done primarily in dance.

Kati is also the Artistic Director of DaySpring Dance Company a CDA off-shoot  Christian dance  ministry that perform and minister in and around the Eastern Cape.


Teaching, choreography, mentoring and creating are her passions. The people that she comes into contact with through CDA inspire her to tune into her heavenly Father’s heart to plan and map out the route ahead. Paperwork is much lower down the list... but it has to be done!



Kati trained in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method under Aileen Zeederberg, Marie Louden-Carter, Jennifer Abrahams, Helen Dean and Joyce Myroff. A matriculant of the Johannesburg school of the Arts, her teacher training continued at the  UCT School of Dance under Prof. Elizabeth Triegaardt where Dianne Cheesman, Kim Day and Sheila Stirling were her teaching mentors. She trained in Contemporary Dance under Sonja Mayo and Sharon Friedman, with Spanish and National dance examinations entered up to a vocational level.


UCT Diploma in Dance

UNISA Bachelor of Arts

RAD Teaching Diploma

Progressing Ballet Boutique Certified Instructor

Currently studying Level 2 "Masters in Education (Dance)" through the RAD

Kati has written a couple of musicals, produced many original shows, choreographed for her own shows, guest choreographed for others and run many workshops in pursuit of following her passion and calling. At the same time she is earnestly seeking God for His guidance on how to be faithful in her very important roles as a mom of her now young adults, Rebecca and Luke, and a wife to her Brett for 26 years!

Kati is originally from Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, but has also lived in Cape Town and Vanderbyl Park. The most recent twenty three years have been in East London.

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