Kitty Phetla was trained by Martin Schönberg from the age of nine, later joining Mr Schönberg’s Ballet Theatre African.
While with BTA (1998 – 2002), she received many awards and took part in international ballet competitions such as the Prix de Lausanne, the Cecchetti Ballet Competition in Australia and the Helsinki Ballet Competition. She obtained her Cecchetti International Teachers Qualification in 2002.
Kitty has performed as a guest artist, locally and internationally, and has danced leading roles in ballets such as Giselle, The Dying Swan and Les Sylphides.
She has been commissioned to choreograph several works, such as Within and a pas de deux, Jolie, for 2008 Arts Alive.
She was a founder member of Mzansi Productions in August 2008 and in 2010, she choreographed sections of Carmina Burana for Mzansi Productions. In 2012 she toured to Russia with Anna Pavlova’s famous solo The Dying Swan, giving it an original African twist and garnering critical acclaim.