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Fifteen young dancers, from Dance Academy, have recently returned from Prague with their ballet teacher Miss Ingrid Desira Buttigieg. For a whole week the group participated in the New Dance Prague Festival where they presented two dances: a classical dance and a lyrical modern dance, both choreographed by Miss Ingrid. The students had the privilege of performing on three occasions, to a vast audience on the stage of the National Theatre of Prague. A further boost was given to the whole experience when they were awarded The Dancing Hand Prix at the award ceremony. Besides participating in the Dance Festival, the young dancers had the opportunity to undertake workshops with professors of the State Dance Conservatory and Charles University Dance department.

The Dance festival offered the students an opportunity to meet students from various countries around the world, teaching them that dance has no boundaries and is a universal means of communication.

The workshops that the students attended where in Classical ballet, Modern dance, Hip-Hop, Pilates, Pantomime and Theatrical make-up. All lessons where held in the beautiful historical halls of the Ensemble of The National Theatre Ballet, not far from the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Lesser Town.

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Dance Academy proudly present "The Snow Queen". This will be held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November 2017 at G.F. Abela Junior College, Msida. The story line of the ballet is centred around two friends Bella and Gerda. Students from Pre-Primary up to Advanced 2 will be interpreting the story that unfolds as follows.

There once lived a wicked wizard, who built a magic mirror. Anything that was beautiful or good was reflected in it as ugly and bad. One day, the mirror broke and all its pieces fell all over the earth. A few pieces scattered in a small town where two friends, Bella and Gerda lived. The shards of glass pierced Bella's heart and from then on she became cold and cruel. The Snow Queen appears and invites Bella to follow her to the frozen kingdom. Gerda was puzzled and couldn't understand why Bella followed the Snow Queen and decides to go and search for her. On meeting the seasonal fairies and in her quest to find Bella, she sets off on her journey.

It augurs to be an enjoyable evening with a variety of choreographic styles and music as well as stunning costumes.

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Age: 10 upwards

Tutor: Miss Sarah Dickinson BA(Hons) ARAD Adv Teaching Diploma LISTD Dip

Over the past 26 years Sarah has worked in numerous full time vocational training establishments. Responsible for preparing students from all over the world for a professional career, either in the commercial world of dance, including ballet companies, or as a dance teacher.

In 1998 she joined Northern Ballet School as Head of the Teaching Diploma Course where Sarah still continues to work, teaching students on both the Classical Focus and Jazz Focus Course. Along with preparing students both male and female for the RAD vocational examinations up to Advanced 2 level, Sarah is also responsible for Year 2 and Year 3 of the Professional Dancers' Trinity Qualification delivering modules in Choreography and Anatomy and overseeing the their personal studies.

Sarah also teaches at Elmhurst School for Dance in Birmingham where she is responsible for entering male students for RAD ballet examinations. Here she teaches from Year 7 (age 11) up to 6.3 (age19) graduating students, most of whom then go on to enter ballet companies.

Sarah has been an Examiner and Tutor for the RAD since 1995, in these roles she has travelled extensively on their behalf, conducting teachers' and students courses on both training methods, current syllabi and most recently the introduction of the new work. Additionally Sarah has also taught various modules on the CBTS and CPD programmes as well as lecturing at courses and Summer Schools for both students and teachers all over the world. In 2011 Sarah became a Trustee of the RAD and sits on the Executive Board where she now contributes towards its governance.

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On January 31 a group of students from grade 4, 5, Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate attended a livestream at Eden Cinemas. The Royal Ballet performed Rhapsody and the two pigeons. The choreography was by the brilliant Frederick Ashton.

It was a lovely experience to watch such brilliant dancers: beautiful lines, dynamic quality and expressive quality. Steven McRae was brilliant! A star-studded cast which also included Natallia Osipova, Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntogirov.

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Juniors: From 15 July to 12 August 2015

Seniors: From 15 July to 3 September 2015

Dance Academy staged its annual school show on Saturday 10 January 2015 at St. Monica Hall, Gzira. The production was 'Aladdin' - a magical tale of love, trickery and triumph.

Aladdin (played by Dorian Mallia) dances his way through a busy market with his pet monkey, Abu (Tiffany Zarb Piccone). There he sets eyes upon the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Daniela Blake) and instantly falls in love. After a confrontation with the Palace guards , Aladdin , is tricked by Jafar ( Petra Camilleri) to go into the dessert to search for his fortune. Along the way, he is seduced by a string of dancers he meets, from the enchanting 'desert sand', to sparkling ' rubies', and 'emeralds' and the elegant and delicate 'pearls' that he finds in the cave of wonders. Rubbing the lamp, Aladdin conjures up the Genie ( Marie Claire Formosa), and that is when his real adventure begins. He tricks the Genie into getting them out of the cave of wonders as the 'Flow of lava', red hot, began to gain momentum. He exhausts his wishes ranted by the Genie, to become a prince, to chase after the affections of Princess Jasmine and save his friends from the evilness of Jafar.

The choreography, by Miss Ingrid Desira Buttigieg, Miss Lara Vella and Miss Alison Bird, was overt to the story and was one that followed the narrative imaginatively. The stage became alive with well rehearsed fluid movements of the various choreographies. The enjoyable music appealed to many. This varied from the classical music of Tchaikovsky, to music from the film 'Elsa', to Stravinsky and hip hop - a large array of musical rhythms.. Another important aspect that leads to the fulfillment of the realization of the story was the costumes.. The beautiful costumes which were created by Delina Abdilla and Simona Mamo, together with the various set designs, which were conducive to the story, added the visual component needed to mentally engage the audience-- taking them on that magic carpet ride that they will never forget.

My evening was very enjoyable and I'm glad that I had a chance to experience such an amazing event. This family friendly production was a perfect way to spend my evening.

M. Desira

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Aladdin (guest artist Dorian Mallia), a street rat, is the only person who can enter the cave of wonders and retrieve a magical lamp for the dark Vizier Jafar (Petra Camilleri). Aladdin becomes trapped in the cave with his sidekick, Abu (Tiffany Zarb Piccone), and accidentally discovers the resident of the lamp. Aladdin develops a relationship with the Genie (Mareiclaire Formosa) and uses his wishes to become a prince to chase the affections of Princess Jasmine (Daniela Blake) and save his friends from the evilness of Jafar.

Tickets on sale from Dance Academy , 63 Triq iz- zaghfran Attard, or at the door.

Ticket price Euro 15.00 or 10.00.

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The Dance Academy Summer School 2014

The Dance Academy Summer School will commence on Tuesday 16 July and come to an end 27 August 2014 . It will be held over a period of 5/6 weeks. This is open for students aged 3 years and up; Junior and Senior classes.

Junior section : 3-6 years and 7-10 years.

Classes will be held once weekly and will concentrate on the 'fun' element of dance. Through the various exercises children will learn how to express themselves creatively, using their body as the main tool. They will not only learn the benefits of exercising, but they also learn coordination, balance, flexibility, stamina, stability, memory and discipline.

Senior section : 11+

Classes will be held twice weekly in various dance disciplines; Ballet - pointe & repertoire, contemporary, hip hop, modern, Spanish, stretching and core strengthening, choreography...

For more information contact the Principal on 21342804 (mornings).

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Seven young dancers, from Dance Academy, have recently returned from Prague with their ballet teacher Miss Ingrid Desira Buttigieg. For a whole week the group participated in the New Dance Prague Festival where they presented two dances: a classical dance and a lyrical modern dance, both choreographed by Miss Ingrid. The students had the privilege of performing on three occasions, to a vast audience on the stage of the National Theatre of Prague. A further boost was given to the whole experience when they were awarded The Dancing Hand Prix at the award ceremony. Besides participating in the Dance Festival, the young dancers had the opportunity to undertake workshops with professors of the State Dance Conservatory and Charles University Dance department. The teachers were Prof Janack and prof Hortr for classical ballet, prof Hannichova for modern, prof Shchekaleva for hip hop just to mention a few.

The Dance festival offered the students an opportunity to meet students from various countries around the world, teaching them that dance has no boundaries and is a universal means of communication.

The workshops that the students attended where in Classical ballet, Modern dance, Hip-Hop, Pilates, Pantomime and Theatrical make-up. All lessons where held in the beautiful historical halls of the Ensemble of The National Theatre Ballet, not far from the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Lesser Town.

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To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Dance Academy staged the humoristic ballet Coppelia, on Sunday 15th December at 7.00pm at St. Agatha's College, in Rabat. The ballet was performed by Dance Academy's semi-professional youth dance company, the da Dance Company.

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The production was brought to life through the outstanding projections, wonderful costumes and excellent lighting. The main characters were danced/played by Majbritt Kristensen (Sawnnilda), Dorian Mallia (Franz), Luke Cucciardi (Dr. Coppelius), Daniela Blake, Catriona Cassar, Petra Camilleri and MarieClaire Formosa (Friends). Supporting the da Dance Company were the vocational students of Dance Academy. The rhythmic Mazurka, and the elegant and proud Cazardas in Act 1 were danced with much enthusiasm, precision and very good heeled footwork. Swanilda was danced by Majbritt Kristensen who demonstrated an exquisite rendition of clear classical lines and quality. Her interpretation of Swanilda showed a down to earth eminence, a true representation of a peasant girl. During the 'Ear of Corn' dance, Majbritt Kristensen and Dorian Mallia displayed a particularly good rapport with each other. This was more remarkable in the Grand pas de deux in Act 2 of the production. Luke Cucciardi was equally impressive in his mime passages throughout the whole production which were, clear, ardent and comical, without being forced. In Act 1 scene 2, the toy shop sequence was indeed very magical and artistic. It was indeed a wonderful moment in the ballet where the magic of... A real joy. The story ends in the village square with additional splendid festive dancing to celebrate the wedding of Swanilda and Franz. These included, the Dawn and Prayer Variations, the waltz of the hours, and Harvest dance just to mention a few. The quality and standard was sublime all the way through.

I was clearly moved by the whole experience as it proved to be a captivating and most enjoyable classical balletic production. It was wonderful to see so many promising artists from various artistic backgrounds come together and offer a wonderful evening that captivated the audience right through. Indeed a most appropriate way to celebrate Dance Academy's 25th anniversary. Well done to Miss Ingrid Desira Buttigieg, as the principal and artistic director of the da Dance Company and school. I look forward to their next production.

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Dance Academy Coppelia

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Photos by Ron Kerr

The da Dance Company and students of Dance Academy proudly present the performance of Coppelia. A charming, funny, full of humor and ballet mime - a classic production for all the family. The ballet is based upon a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann entitled "Der Sandmann" ("The Sandman"), which was published in 1815.

This will be held on Sunday 15th December at St. Agatha's College in Rabat at 7:00pm.

A dynamic cast of young dancers and actors will bring to life one of the best loved ballets. Tickets available from Dance Academy, Attard. Ticket hotline 99455096. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

Storyline

The ballet is about a girl named Coppelia who sits on her balcony all day reading, speaking to no one. A boy named Franz falls deeply in love with her and wants to marry her, even though he is already engaged. His fiancee, Swanhilda, sees Franz throwing kisses at Coppelia. Swanhilda soon learns that Coppelia is actually a doll that belongs to Doctor Coppelius, the mad scientist. She decides to impersonate the doll, in order to win the love of Franz. Chaos ensues, but all is soon forgiven. Swanhilda and Franz make up and get married. The marriage is celebrated with several festive dances.

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The year 2013 marks a milestone achievement for Dance Academy as it celebrates the 25th anniversary since its establishment.

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Dance Academy proudly presents the performance of The Fairest. This will be held on Saturday 15th December at 7:00pm and Sunday 16th December at 6:00pm at St. Agatha's College in Rabat.

A dynamic cast of young dancers and actors will bring to life the fairytale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The ballet deals with elements of good and evil, as well as reality and fantasy - a classic production for all the family.

Tickets available from Dance Academy, 63, Triq iz-Zaghfran, Attard. Ticket hotline: 99455096. Tickets will be on sale at the door on both nights.

Come along and bring all your friends for an enjoyable evening.

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Choreography by Florinda Camilleri and Ingrid Desira Buttigieg.

The idea for this project, has stemmed from the statement of Giordano Bruno (an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician and astrononmer):

"Whatever contrariety is, there is action and reaction, there is motion, diversity, multitude, and order, there are degrees, succession and vicissitude."

Eight ballet dancers from Dance Academy and their teacher, Miss Ingrid Desira Buttigieg, have just returned from an exhilarating dance experience in Los Angeles. They were invited to attend the International Youth Dance Festival, Dance Excellence, by director Miss Annie McQuitty, to particpate and represent Malta at this global dance gathering. In total there were 21 countries from all over the world. The students were exposed to a full week of Masters classes in ballet, tap, funk, lyrical jazz, stomp, hip hop, musical theatre, modern, fusion, improv, singing, acting and performance. They also had the opportunity to attend classes in auditioning techniques applicable to the area of dance. These Masters classes were conducted by well known teachers in the entertainment field such as: Bill Brawley, executive and artistic director of The Young Americans; Robyn Brawley, an internationally acclaimed ballet dancer, choreographer/director; Alex Little, choreographer and dancer; Heidi Garrett choreographer on the TV show 'So you think you can dance?'; Keith Cloifton; David Wilcox, artistic director of Long Beach Ballet Academy, and Stacey Tooley besides others.

The week long activites included a performance on the Merlot Stage in Disneyland, for which the group was presented with a participation certificate. The students also participated at the International Performance Boards with 2 dances in classical and lyrical modern. These Perfromance Boards were audjucated by Adam Parson, Heidi Jarett and Robyn Brawley. Both dances were awarded the Superior Award presented in Honour of World Class Dance Achievement. The group also had the opportunity to visit the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to watch 'Iris' by the internationaly acclaimed 'Cirque du Soliel'. After the performance the dancers had the chance to meet up with the company cast for a question and answer session. Moreover, the students had the time to enjoy their trip as they visited the Disneyland parks, Knotts Farm Park, Hollywood and Santa Monica.

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Photograph taken at the end of performance in Disneyland.

Back row: Ylenia Camilleri Brennan, Francesca Ellul, Rebekah Micallef, Ingrid Desira Buttigieg, Maria Debono, Tessa van Avendonk

Front row: Veronica Micallef, Michaela Debono, Valentina Micallef

Dance Academy will be participating in Dance Excellence in Los Angeles. Miss Ingrid will be accompanying eight students and three mums to participate in workshops; these will include funk dance, jazz, ballet, modern dance, fusion dance, contemporary dance, singing, auditioning techniques, and acting amongst other disciplines.

The students will also be particpating in two international dance boards which will be judged by reputable dance specialists in the entertainment industry.

A fun day at Disney Land is also scheduled.

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Michaela Debono, 13 years old, has just returned from the UK where she attended a 2 week residential Performance Course organised by the Royal Academy of Dance, London. Attending this course were 74 sudents from 20 different countries ranging from 13 to 19 years of age. Michaela, one of the youngest attending, was selected by the tutors and presented with an International Award - Tuition Award - by the Artistic Director of the RAD, Lynn Wallis, for her out standing improvement and performance throughout. This award entitles her to attend an RAD international Summer School of her choice, anywhere in the world.

The performance course is designed to give the students an understanding of the slow creative process of how performances are created and developed, as well as, encouraging them to blossom into better dance perfromers; artisically and technically. During the 2 weeks all the students studied classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. The distinguished faculty consisted of Liane McRae and Rachel Hunt who were responsible for the classical section, Jessica Williams gave the workshops in contemporary and Rebecca Allen taught the Jazz classes. They worked hard to create a vibrant programe for the 2 performances held in the Genee Studio of the RAD. Michaela's group performed, the Garland dance from the 'Sleeping Beauty' for the classical number; 'Big in Japan' was the Contemporary number and 'U can't touch this' was the jazz number.

Michaela started her dance training at Dance Academy, under the tutorship of Ingrid Desira Buttigieg, at the tender age of 3. Her talent was perceived instantly. Since then she has obtained a distinction in all of her exmainations. She is currently studying classical ballet, modern jazz, Spanish and contemporary at Dance Academy. Her versitality in her dance training is an important characteristic in her development as a dancer and will enable her to fulfil her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

This is the second time that a student from Dance Academy has been awarded this prestigious award from the RAD artistic director Lynn Wallis.

This will be held at the Dance Academy from Monday 29 August to Friday 3 September. It offers students the possibility to enjoy and experience new dance forms as well as strengthen their dance technique and performance.

This intensive dance course is open for students studying Grade 3 Standard up to Advanced 2.

The course will be conducted by foreign tutors and will cover classical ballet, contemporary dance, pilates, repertoire and Indian dance.

For more information kindly contact school principal, Ingrid Desira Buttigieg on 99455096.

Launch of da Dance Company at Dance Power 4: Embracing Dance (30 October 2010)

Dance Academy proudly presents the performance of The Sleeping Beauty. This will be held on Saturday 11th December and Sunday 12th December at St. Agatha's College in Rabat at 7.00pm.

A dynamic cast of young dancers and actors will bring to life on of the best loved ballets. A ballet which deals with reality and fantasy.

Tickets available from ABC Stationers in Sliema and Dance Academy Attard. Ticket hotline 99455096. Tickets will be on sale at the door on both nights.

Come along and bring all your friends for an enjoyable evening.

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