elske swart

At age 3, Elske made the world her stage in her annual nursery school concert, and she’s never stepped off it. She started drama, ballet and modern dance classes when she was 5 years old, and her love for the limelight grew. But her encore really came at age 11, when she started taking singing lessons. Within a short time, she was performing solo items in school concerts and achieved item winner certificates in two categories at the National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) in 2011 and 2012. At the Randfontein Arts and Culture Association (RACA) festival she obtained 7 Platinum Certificates and an award for excellence.Elske was selected to represent the South African Performing Arts team in the World Championships in Los Angeles in 2012 and 2013. On each occasion she was chosen to perform items in the showcase. She has also participated in the South African Talent Championships (SATCH) in 2012 and 2013. In the recent 2013 event, she scooped 11 gold medals and 4 silver medals for singing, modeling and drama. She again represented South Africa at the Actors, Models and Talent for Christ (AMTC) Shine Event in the USA in 2014. At the 2013 AMTC Event held in Orlando in January, Elske was exposed to workshops and seminars run by leading experts in the entertainment industry from Hollywood and New York. She participated in on-camera acting, singing, cold reading, scene reading, runway, modeling and photographic modeling. She was selected as a finalist in the runway modelng category.In March 2013 Elske joined the Stageworx School of Performing Arts, where she receives private tuition in singing and acting from Gemma Donnelly. She receives classical vocal coaching from Benjamin Botha in Pretoria and modeling tuition at Vogue Catwalk SA. She takes music as a high school subject with piano and singing as her practical component. She has also completed grade 6 in the Trinity College of London Performance Arts examination. Elske was selected as the Most Promising Artist and Top 10 Vocalist at Talent Africa 2014, and was invited to EuroDisney and TalentAmerica. She was again scouted at SATCH 2014 for the AMTC SHINE Event in Orlando Florida, and at the NEA Eisteddfodd enjoyed the recognition of Top 10 Contemporary Vocalist. Elske has also been seen in several film and screen opportunities, appearing as an extra in the Binnelanders Series, as well as the films Suurlemoen and Verskietende Ster. Elske furthered her training by completing an ‘On Camera’ Course with Lelia Etsebeth and Jacgues Bessenger, as well as a ‘Broadway Musical Theatre’ Course with Duane Alexander and Anton Luitingh that same year. At Talent Africa 2015 she was awarded Miss Photogenic and again selected for the Talent America team. At NEA Eisteddfodd 2015, she placed 2nd in the Top 10 Contemporary Vocalists and completed grade 8 in Rock School with the highest national marks. She completed the FAD Inc. Mentorship Program with Diani and Ferdinand Gernandt, as well as the ‘Out Of The Box’ Acting Workshop. Also in 2015, she became a member of the Swallow 15 band, ‘Bring The Beat Back’, performed as solo vocalist with the young pop artist LiiLa and starred in a Clover commercial.Elske is determined to map a career for herself in the performing arts.She’s a talented, hardworking and highly motivated young lady who learns quickly and makes the best possible use of every opportunity that comes her way.

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