The main objectives of The Dance Workshop are to be at the forefront of the development of dance training with expression and communication as its core element. To encourage students to take a profound interest in dance and the theatrical arts both physically and intellectually whether they intend to take it up professionally or just recreationally. And to inspire creativity and innovation in all aspects of dance.
Saturday 17th December 2022
After more than two years since the last live examinations, The Dance Workshop welcomed Miss Elisabeth Swan, the ISTD examiner who assessed our young students on 17th December 2022. The last session of live examinations was held in 2019. During the pandemic, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) was organising filmed or online examinations for the students.
We are pleased that the students got marvellous results. Well done to all.
Cecchetti Malta Awards
Sunday 4th December 2022
What a lovely day to appreciate the work of Maestro Cecchetti and celebrating dance here in Malta! The Cecchetti Malta Awards were held on Sunday 4th December at Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance. It was indeed a pleasure to see 25 enthusiastic students participating and to see the high standard of the Cecchetti Work. The five participating schools were The Dance Workshop, Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance, Nicky’s dance studio, Seed and St Michael’s Foundation. This was our fourth edition of The Cecchetti Malta Awards which were established in 2018 by Ms Catherine Hutchon, former chair of the Cecchetti Faculty to honour the work of Ms Tanya Bayona.
Mr Barry McGrath, former principal with the Royal Ballet and London Festival Ballet was a worthy adjudicator. Ms Johane Casabene gave two wonderful classes where the Cecchetti principles were very evident. Ms Maria Attard accompanied the classes on the piano.
The Cecchetti Junior Awards
Winner - Milly Bartolo - Brigitte Gauci Borda
Runner Up - Sasha Casolani - Brigitte Gauci Borda
Commendation - Julia Gauci - Marisha Bonnici
The Tanya Bayona Senior Award
Winner - Lea Ellul Sullivan - Marisha Bonnici
Runner Up - Thea De Gray - Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud
5 teachers coordinated the awards locally
Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud, Brigitte Gauci Borda, Johane Casabene, Mireille Coleiro and Nicola Fenech.
Philippa McMeechan and Sophie Maasland were instrumental in coordinating the event for ISTD.
The Tanya Bayona Senior Award would not have been possible without the support of The Cecchetti Trust. We would like to thank them all for their dedication
Mr Barry McGrath presenting
certificates to Thea de Gray and Lea Ellul Sullivan
Mr Barry McGrath with local coordinators
Johane Casabene, Brigitte Gauci Borda, Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud, Mireille Coleiro and Nicola Fenech
of the performance. Theresa also prepared the libretto for “La Petite Sylphide” which she and the ballet faculty choreographed especially for the lower school. Theresa’s love of Italy also led her to choreograph “La Bell’Italia” an energetic tarantella set to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The Hip Hop faculty, prepared by Sue Vassallo, brought to life three pieces – “School’s Out”, “Besties” and “Music”. Jade Farrugia choreographed her dance inspired by the Cosmos, whereas Sara Accettura’s dance brought to life different Colours. Bettina von Brockdorff’s “Por El Manton” was a tribute to the use of a shawl in traditional flamenco dance.
The modern theatre faculty, under the direction of Diane Portelli, performance a series of 5 dances to bring us a powerful piece dedicated to “Superheroes”.
As in previous performances, “My Favourite Things” came to a close with the traditional short extract of Repertoire from the Golden Age of Ballet - this time with The Dance of the Hours from the ballet “Coppelia”
After three years of absence due to the pandemic, The Dance Workshop presented its annual dance performance at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. “My Favourite Things”, was held on the 29th May 2022 and it brought together all the dance genres taught at The Dance Workshop.
The teachers and choreographers worked on their favourite themes in life, with summer and the sea being at the forefront of these themes. Pamela Kerr’s “It feels like summer”, Douglas Comley’s “Beach Vibes” and “Sunrise at Sea” by Christina Cefai and Francesca Rubei, all paid tribute to their favourite time of the year. Francesca Rubei’s love for reading was depicted in her choreography of “Lost in a Good Book”.
One of Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud’s fondest memories was watching The New Year’s Day concert on TV and this inspired her 25-minute children’s ballet which opened the second part
Monday to Friday - 4pm to 9pm
Saturday - 9am to 1pm
Sunday - Closed