Dené lives and breathes the arts. In primary and high school she performed in various musicals and fell in love with singing, dancing, and acting. At the age of 16 she was a top 7 South African Idols finalist, and it was this experience that reminded her of the power of the arts. Dené then continued to study BA Drama and Theatre studies with Psychology at Stellenbosch University, and finished with her degree in 2016. Teaching young talent has always been one of her biggest passions. She believes the arts have an enormous impact on the development and functioning of children especially. It is because of this that she started teaching at the academy in 2017 while working as an actor and music artist. The academy’s work has had a big impact on her as a performer, and she is excited to share it with as many students as possible!