Biography of Calista Stanton

Born and bred in East London, Calista attended Hudson Primary & Stirling High in her younger years. With a lifelong passion for drama and dance, Calista performed in may productions with leading and supporting roles in West Side Story, Grease, Godspel, Annie and Robin Hood a Band of Misfits. Calista danced for Nicky Swales and was part of the DV Dance agency where she was awarded Top Dance Achiever as well as placing 2nd in The DV Dance Agency Dancer of the year 2 years in a row. Calista studied at The Blue Ribbon School of Hospitality where she obtained her grand national Diploma in Hotel management and  professional crockery. Working alongside her husband in the hospitality industry has put her in beautiful places such as Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve and Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa. Now back home in the Eastern Cape, Calista is one of the directors of Umnenga Lodge, a family owned entity. In 2016 Calista attended her first Nationals in Gauteng as a chaperone to her daughter’s team and it was love at first sight. 2017 & 2018 saw Calista become actively involved as a trainer of the Lilyfontein Primary squad and had developed the first high school team in the Eastern Cape in 20 years, The Purple Phoenix Majorette Club.  

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