Volunteers play an essential part in the Zip Zap journey. Not only do they bring an array of new skills, they also make work lighter, and contribute so much positivity too. Hosting our volunteers fills our hearts, our sails and often our tummies too!


Zip Zap is eternally grateful to all our volunteers

Adele Blank

Renowned for her dance and choreography skills, South African dynamo, Adele Blank, has trained, performed and taught nationally and internationally. Having trained in the Cecchetti method of classical dance, Adele performed with the Johannesburg City Ballet Company before diving into contemporary dance with then mentor and teacher, Sheila Wartski.

Adele spent time in the USA, UK, Europe and Israel to study the various forms of contemporary dance, after which she was elected Director of Dance and Choreography at the Performing Arts Workshop in 1984. In 1987, Adele established the Free Flight Dance Company, which she directs to this day.

Adele has been training Zip Zap students in dance and has choreographed various pieces and shows for the organisation since her move to Cape Town in 2002. In 2018, her passion, expertise and mentorship helped Zip Zap to bring a breath-taking performance to the Artscape stage.

Belinda Weeber

Belinda saw her first Zip Zap show at the Grahamstown Festival in 1996. My oldest daughter fell in love with the circus and joined in 1997. She was instantly enraptured by Zip Zap’s energy and enthusiasm.  Her two younger children joined a year later and their family was swept up by the magic of Zip Zap.  

Although her background is in teaching, community development and nutrition, she has a passion for creating and sewing. She started making a few costumes for Zip Zap in her spare time. When Laurence was looking for someone to teach some Zip Zap adults costume making, she jumped at the opportunity, and has never left!

Katherine Hilderbrand

Katherine discovered Zip Zap in the early 2000’s and was immediately captivated by the ability of circus magic to catalyse pride and joy in children living in difficult social circumstances. It was an epiphany to discover that circus can be an agent of change and transformation.  

For the last 20 years she has been working with MSF and UCT/CIDER in monitoring and evaluation of HIV and TB services in South Africa and in the African region. Her work in health services in resource poor areas has highlighted the importance of giving dreams to children and youth – Zip Zap has offered dreams to many children in dire circumstances.

“The little contribution I am trying to make, is an attempt to open horizons for youth who have not benefited from stable environments, or care, and education.

This has been done through reading sessions, films and attempts will keep being made for discussions and debates. There is a need for youth attending the D2D course to have skills other than those directly relating to the circus for them to be able to find jobs once they have graduated.”

Mary Netto

Mary is an Integrated Bodywork Facilitator Educational Kinesiologist Brain Gym Trainer. She owned a health and skin care studio for 12 years.

Since 2004 Mary has been working in the alternative health industry doing one on one consultations, running Self Awareness  and Self empowerment workshops for young adults and rights of passage workshop for young woman.

Mary is passionate about supporting people to overcome their physical, emotional and /or mental challenges-through self discovery, awareness and understanding of how their body and mind are connected, and communicating to us all the time- we just need to notice and become aware and find what tools we need to support ourselves to take action!

“Movement and Touch are essential tools for life, oh and CIRCUS of course.”

Volunteers 2022

Marit Bollweg

Aerial Silk & Gymnastics



Tristian Thompson


South Africa

Noam Prihed

Hoop & Hammock


Tristian Sagasser

Partner Acrobatics


Anna Luka Herkel

Juggling & Unicycle


Keen to be a part of the magic?

Zip Zap sometimes needs the following volunteers:

General Admin & Office Support.
Volunteers at our shows.
Videography and video editing.
Chef/Cook for Tuesday and Friday lunch.

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