Ballet teacher leaves behind lasting legacy

Kit Davies

The dance fraternity is mourning the death of life-long ballerina and teacher Kit Davies.

Ms Davies died suddenly last Thursday. She was 46.

She studied ballet at UCT and had spent the past 20 years of her life teaching ballet at Herschel Preparatory School and Grove Primary School.

She was 5 when she started lessons with Janet King in Pretoria. She moved to Cape Town in 1983 and graduated from Wynberg Girls’ High School with ballet as a matric subject.

After school, Ms Davies enrolled at UCT School of Dance and graduated in 1993.

She opened the Kit Davies School of Ballet in 1995 with six pupils.

Her fiancé and business partner, Richard Hartlief, said they were still waiting on the results of the autopsy.

He described Ms Davies as an incredible person, who loved ballet.

“She was my everything,” he said.

In a message on its Facebook page, Grove Primary School described Ms Davies as an “important part of The Grove family” who had taught many of the school’s pupils.

“We know she will always hold a special place in their hearts. Our thoughts are with her family.”

A memorial service was held at Herschel Preparatory School today, Thursday October 25.

On its Facebook page, the school said it had lost a remarkable woman and ballet teacher, who left behind a legacy of treasured memories.

“Kit Davies taught ballet at Herschel for over 15 years and was a phenomenal role model. We send our deepest condolences to her son, Kian, her partner Richard, Peter, family and friends.”

The school said her “generous spirit, joy, smile, gentleness, kindness, care, concern, love, bubbling laughter and constant smile” were the things the pupils would miss the most.

“She certainly leaves an imprint of love in their lives, and the impact of her remarkable legacy was felt by all.”

The Kit Davies School of Ballet will continue into the future in her name.