Debbie Rakusin

South Africa  
Eye Colour


Dancer African Dancer Jazz Modern Tap Choreographer


2005 Choreographed shows for NETCARE, TOYOTA,
Choreographed Standard Banks yearly Stars Function.
Choreographed 2 shows for Miller SAB Milwaukee USA
Currently working on TOTAL commercial.
African Footprint currently on in Zurich

2004 Choreographed show for Miller Brewing Milwaukee USA
Choreographed show for Miller Brewing USA in New
Orleans USA
Choreographed field shows for Rugby Tri Nations SA
African Footprint ( SA musical in its 5th year in SA ) to tour
Monte Carlo and Germany in July.( choreographer for that
Musical )
Choreographed numerous corporate events on a weekly basis

2003 Choreographed Opening Ceremony World Cup Cricket
South African Music Awards (SAMA)
Choreographed the launch of Toyota RUNX
African footprint to Australia on a 7 months tour
Choreographed Coca Cola yearly function
Choreographed Mandela’s 85th Birthday
Choreographing Big Band Blast at Civic Theatre ( musical )
Choreographed show for the enthronement of new King in
Worked with Idols on final show.
Choreographed TV commercial for Velocity Oct 2003

2002 Choreographed Opening Ceremony for World Summit
Choreographed Bravo China at Civic Theatre
Numerous Corporate events eg. World Conference for Coca
SA Breweries annual Conference
BMW Launch
Road Show for Samsung
Vodacom Function with Idols
International Pirelli Conference
Choreographed MISS SA TEEN 2002
Choreographed MISS SA 2002
Big Band CEO Function SABC

2001: Choreographed Miss SA
Choreographed Sama Awards
Vodacom end of year party
Launch of World Cup Cricket Logo
Microsoft Function
Choreography for movie Mr Bones
Functions for Bidvest, Standard Bank, Nedcor
Choreography for Indian Film Awards
Numerous Awards Evenings

Was invited to teach at the Batdor Summer School in Israel
2000: Written Book, Choreographed and Staged Richard Lorings
‘African Footprint’ which is running into its 4th year of
Numerous corporate events

1999: Choreographed the Official Millennium Function at
Robben Island beamed World Wide.
Choreographed Mr Mandela’s farewell function to his
Choreographed ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Civic Theatre
Choreographed SA Avanti Awards
Launched S Class Mercedes

1998: Choreographed All African Film Awards
Performed by invitation at Standard Bank Grahamstown
Toured with my Company, Vusa Dance Company, to
4 Cities in Australia.
Choreographed work for Pact Dance Company

1997: Choreographed ‘Ipi Tombi’ for Australian tour
Invited to Melbourne International Festival to perform with
Vusa Dance Company
Won Standard Bank Young Artists Award
Won FNB Vita Award for the most outstanding choreographer
Toured Cape Town (Spier Festival)

1996: Toyota Car Launch
Delta Car Launch
Choreographed 7 series of Tarzan Movie to be screened
Choreographed Extravaganza at Wild Coast Sun
Victor Sports Awards
Field Show for Soccer – SA vs Brazil
Worked with Tina Turner on her Wildest Dreams concert
Re- launch of SABC

1995: Choreographed Closing Ceremony for Rugby World Cup
Movie ‘Born Free’
Music Video for Lucky Dube
Music Video for Brenda Fassie
Music Video for Splash

1994: Choreographed ‘Juke Box Jol’ at Civic Theatre ( musical )
Choreographed 6 Edgar’s fashion Commercials
Mr South Africa Pageant
Gillette Sensor Commercial
Cadbury’s Chocolate Commercial


Started my own Dance Company, Vusa Dance Company, in 1994
Won FNB Vita Award for Best Choreography 1997
Won Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1997
I taught at the Pretoria Technicon for 13 years for their Musical Theatre Diploma Course.
Taught numerous workshops around the Country
Taught at the Dallas Performing Arts School in USA
Taught a months Summer School in Israel for the Batdor Dance Company
Have studied intensely overseas in USA, London
Have performed in a Professional Dance Company
Performance in London at the Royal Variety 2001

Choreographed numerous musicals :

The Wiz
The Boyfriend
Little Shop of Horrors

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