monique van niekerk
Since a very young age, Monique entertained family and friends with her musical & singing talents. At the age of 4 she already performed in church. She started ballet at the age of 4 and music at the age of 6. Monique danced with the Roodepoort Youth Ballet in The Nutcracker in 2007 with director Dirk Badenhorst. She also had a roll in Haweloos, a musical production at Mosaiek which included a professional cast, in 2010. Monique has excelled in Piano with extinctions in Royal Schools of Music examinations. She takes part regularly at eisteddfods in both piano and singing with great results. She has made the Top20 list of Hoërskool Florida Musieksentrum students for 5 years. Monique won a Diploma for all-round winner in her category for piano at the NEA Eisteddfod in 2012 and again in 2014. She started playing the flute in 2012 and achieved 80% at her 1st eisteddfod in 2013. Monique is currently busy with her Gr.6 Piano through UNISA. In 2013 Monique joined StageWorx School of Performing Arts and was cast in Sing It Schools as well as the 2013 film Standing Ovation. Monique took part in the SATCH National Competition in September 2013 in Midrand and got 2 gold for piano performance and 2 silver for vocal performance. This competition is adjudicated by national as well as international judges. She took part again in October 2015 and got 1 gold for vocal, 2 silver for vocal and 1 silver for piano. She was also selected in the top 10 for the instrumental. In 2015 Monique was part of the Hoërskool Randburg production cast of Romeo & Juliet in the ensamble as well as an understudy roll. She thoroughly enjoyed this production. She was selected to be part of the Hoërskool Randburg Beauty Pageant in Gr.8 (2014) and again in Gr.9 (2015) where she won 2nd princess. Monique has completed a One-Day Acting Workshop in July 2015 through FAD Creations with Diani Gernandt’s professional expertise. This was of great value to Monique and she hopes to do more of these in the future. Monique did artistic gymnastics from the ages of 4 – 10, and currently part of the Hockey team at school. Monique is a happy, vibrant and cheerful young lady who loves to sing more than anything. She is always up for a challenge and very dedicated, and don’t let life get her down. She is a natural in front of the camera.