Mlindi Kulashe

Cape Town City Ballet
Northern Ballet: Leading Soloist (2013-present)

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Mlindi Kulashe was born in 1991 and raised in the townships of Nyungka and Khayelitsha. Though he grew up dancing, Kulashe started his training at the age of nine/ten* when he auditioned for the part of Fritz in Cape Town City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. From there, he became a part of the school’s outreach program. He also studied at the Cape Junior Ballet School and as a scholarship student at the English National Ballet School.

In 2011, Kulashe received a Bronze Medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition. After graduating from ENB in 2013, he became a member of Northern Ballet in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in 2013.
With Northern Ballet, Kulashe has performed leading roles in numerous productions: Jane Eyre (Mr. Rochester), The Three Musketeers (Aramis), Peter Pan (Crocodile), Victoria (John Brown), The Kingdom of Back (Mozart), and Dracula (title role), among others.

Kulashe made his choreographic debut with his Mamela… for Northern Ballet. In November 2020, he choreographed Men Dances, “a dancer’s journey through lockdown and how creativity is confined in a confined apartment space, to finally feeling the comparative freedom of a socially distanced studio” (Seeing Dance).

*While Kulashe’s Northern Ballet profile states that he started dancing at age nine, The Yorkshire Post states that he began at ten.

Mlindi Kulashe by Peter Teigen.


Mlindi Kulashe, Northern Ballet
Northern Ballet: New creations by Mariana Rodrigues and Mlindi Kulashe, Seeing Dance
Victoria: Northern Ballet, Dance Europe
The Kingdom of Back / Mamela… / The Shape of Sound, British Theatre Guide
The Leeds Northern Ballet dancer and choreographer who grew up surrounded by poverty in South Africa, The Yorkshire Post

See also:

Two Northern ballet stars decided the show must go on…in their Leeds flat, The Yorkshire Post
Northern Ballet Dracula Artwork

Video links:

Mlindi Kulashe – Supporters’ Circle 2018
Mlindi Kulashe – Dancer with Northern Ballet
Govardo | Trying to Get My Heart Back [feat. Sean Bates & Mlindi Kulashe of Northern Ballet]
Zoom in on The Fonteyn | A Dancer’s Journey with Mlindi Kulashe
A royal catch up with HRH The Earl of Wessex
Northern Ballet – Peter Pan fight & flight training
120 Seconds with Sean and Mlindi
Men Dances

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