Another year has come to an end at The Dance Workshop and our final week was possibly the most inspiring week of the whole year. Held at the end of the academic year, the Summer Intensive gives the students the opportunity to experience vocational dance training for one week. The students had a daily ballet class which was followed by a contemporary class, hip hop or Modern dance class. The children’s morning sessions came to an end with the ever popular daily drama class by Malcolm Galea and the seniors’ afternoon/evening session came to an end with a daily choreographic workshop which was being conducted by Kostas Papamatthaiakis. Over 80 students participated in this year’s Summer intensive, making it the most successful.

Our guest tutor this year was Mr Jonathan Payn, Senior Soloist The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Mr Payn first started his dance training with his mother, Janet Kinson and later studied at The Royal Ballet School. Jonathan joined The Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to first soloist in 2006. During the classes, he shared and passed on his professional experiences advice with the students and teachers present. Mr Payn was able to come to Malta thanks to the kind permission of Mr David Bintley, Director of The Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Our next international course will be held in early November. This course will specialise in Cecchetti Vocational exam work. For more information regarding regular and specific courses, please get in touch with us on or call us on 99429233 or check us out on Facebook.

The Dance Workshop presented its 17th annual production – “Pippi Longstocking & Other Inspirational Stories”. The concept behind this year’s performance was books – with the main focus being to encourage students to read and to be inspired by what they are reading. A new children’s ballet was created especially for this performance, based on Astrid Lindgren’s books about the mischievous Pippi Longstocking. This one act ballet, created by Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud, had original choreography, costumes and scenery. The resident choreographers of The Dance Workshop brought to life the adventures of Pippi and the other characters of this book.

The second half of the programme was a showcase of the senior classical, modern and contemporary dance faculties of The Dance Workshop, with choreographers basing their work on a book, which has inspired them over the years. Choreography was based on books such as “A Boy Called It”, “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Hunger Games”, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The Dance Workshop’s resident choreographers included amongst others, Douglas Comley, Kostas Papamatthaiakis and Jade Farrugia (Contemporary Dance), Pamela Kerr (Classical Ballet), Diane Portelli and Claire Cassola (Modern Dance), Sue Vassallo (Hip Hop) and Bettina von Brockdorff (Flamenco).

The Dance Workshop has celebrated 50 years of Cecchetti Ballet in Malta with a wonderful weekend of activities. This was truly an occasion for honouring Ms Tanya Bayona’s vision when introducing the Cecchetti method to Malta in 1965. We are now 14 dance school entering over 1,100 students for Cecchetti Ballet exams annually, 4 teachers hold the Fellowship status, three have been successful with the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and one is an international examiner – all from our little Island!

Starting on Saturday 14th November, Ms Diane van Schoor, gave a two day course to Maltese dance students, from eight different Cecchetti Schools. Ms van Schoor, former principal of The Royal Ballet School, is an outstanding teacher and during these classes she was able to guide and inspire our future dancers. Our second guest was dance historian, Dr Giannandrea Poesio. On Sunday morning (15th November), Dr Poesio gave a workshop on ballet mime, based on the reconstruction of the role of Carabosse, as performed by Maestro Cecchetti, as well as on the role of the Lilac Fairy, both roles from The Sleeping Beauty. These workshops were held at The Dance Workshop studios in G’Mangia.

Our weekend ended with the most interesting lecture given by Dr Poesio, where he put into context, the work of Maestro Enrico Cecchetti within the scenario of the theatre scene in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The lecture was held at Palazzo Pereira in Valletta and was followed by a reception in which Tanya Bayona and Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud, together with the distinguished guests toasted to the past, present and future of Cecchetti dance in Malta. This lecture has been made possible through the generous support of The Cecchetti Society Trust and Farsons Direct.

Eviva Cecchetti!!

The Dance Workshop is delighted to welcome everybody to the new academic year! We had such an exciting last term including the MIDCE competition, exams, ‘bring a friend to ballet’ and summer school. We are now preparing for a very special new academic year with lots of innovations. Both Miss Theresa and Miss Fran have been to intensive dance courses (Italy and UK) to prepare and inspire themselves and the students. We are very happy to introduce two new members of faculty. Douglas Comley will be teaching the boys contemporary class as well as the seniors’ contemporary class on Thursday evenings. Bettina von Brockdorff will be taking over the Spanish dance classes and she will definitely inspire the students. We intend to introduce the Spanish dance students to SDS (Spanish Dance Society) exams during this academic year.

We also plan to invite three international dance teachers from schools/theatres of very high standing, The first guest is Ms Diane van Schoor (ex principal The Royal Ballet School) and we have just had confirmation that Mr Jonathan Payn (Birmingham Royal Ballet) will be will be giving master classes in the following term.

Undoubtedly our most ambitious project this year is taking the annual performance to the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. The performance will be held on Sunday 20th March 2016. Jot this in your diary as it promises to be a great performance.

Dancers: Nicola Micallef, Therese Mizzi
Photo: John Grech
Dance: Bastions
Performance: DanceStructures, March 2015
Dancer: Pamela Kerr
Photo: Kurt Paris
Tutu: Simona Mamo
Make-up: Krista Paris
Dance: Maturity
Choreography: Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud
Performance: Return to Innocence (DanceWorks)
October 2012
Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi
Dance: Pictures in Sepia
Choreography: Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud
Performance: Verve '08 – March 2008
Photo: Lucien Stafrace

Pamela Kerr
Dance: Don Quixote – Kitri’s Wedding
Performance: The Art of Dance – April 2006
Photo: Gaby Giacchino
Dance: Sonando con Argentina
Choreography: Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud
Performance: Dreams & Resolutions – April 2009
Photo: Leonard Cocks

Angelo Bonello and Karl Cini
Dance: Full Circle Squared
Choreography: Francesca Abela Tranter
Performance: The Art of Dance – April 2006
Photo: Gaby Giacchino