Dance @ Masquerade

Dance at Masquerade School for the Performing Arts offers a variety of dance classes including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, and Contemporary in our newly built state-of-the-art premises.

Getting the right introduction to any activity for children is essential and Masquerade is a fantastic place for them to enjoy learning, form friendships, acquire life skills and develop their dance technique. Children ages 3+, may enroll in our dance program and learn how to dance in a fun and positive environment. Dance @ Masquerade also provides classes for adults with previous dance experience, as well as for beginners who wish to take their first steps into discovering the world of dance. 

Our highly trained and experienced tutors balance technical training with each individual’s creative abilities in order to provide a holistic dance experience.

The school offers optional examinations to all of its students and follows the Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet. We treat each child individually. Whether they just want to have fun, focus on exams or even make a career of dance, our aim is to help them achieve their goal.

Masquerade students can also audition for the M Dance Company.

Click here to watch M Dance Company perform.

Tutors

Elena Zammit
Starting her dance training locally at a young age, Elena Zammit was then awarded a 3-year scholarship by the Malta Arts Scholarships following a successful audition at the age of 18. She was also awarded the Dance and Drama (DADA) award by Northern Ballet School UK, where she graduated from 3 years later. She performed with Manchester City Ballet in Giselle (Corp de ballet), Paquita (Soloist) and Coppelia (Soloist). Upon graduating, Elena was offered her first professional dance contract with Celebrity Cruises. She performed as a Production Dancer in several countries in shows produced by Poet Theatricals, which included Circo Luci SILHOUETTE, Physical Magic VELOCITY and Broadway Nights. Elena returned to Malta in May 2014 and joined Moveo Dance Company in September 2014. She has danced in numerous productions with the company including the company’s recent production, The Other Door- What’s Wrong, Why Not? which was performed in Berlin, Germany.
Valerie Burke
As a young dancer, she started her training in 1996 at The Alison White Dance Studio at the age of 6 where she studied BTDA Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. In 2010 she was awarded a scholarship to further her training at Leicester School of Performing Arts in the UK, where she trained for 2 years and gained her Trinity Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre. Whilst in the UK Valerie performed in several musical productions such as A Chorus Line and How to Succeed without Really Trying at the Peepul’s Theatre in Leicester. After graduating she moved back to Malta and started her dance teaching career. Valerie teaches Modern Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballet and tap in several schools around the island such as The Alison White Dance Studio, School Of Performing Arts by Drama Troupe, Pauleen’s Dance Studio, Johane Casabene Dance Conservatore, Centre Stage Academy in Gozo, besides Masquerade. In Malta Valerie took part in several productions such as Gensna, Eurovision song contest, St. Helena the musical, Ghanja tal poplu, Bay Music Awards, Malta Sports awards and in openng ceremony of CHOGM (2015). Valerie was a resident dancer in several TV shows such as Pjazza and Hadd Ghalik on TVM. She performed in various Cabaret productions and weekly shows in several hotels and venues around Malta such as The Corinthia Hotel, Sea Bank Hotel, The Mellieha Bay Hotel and Casino Malta. She currently also forms part of The Alison White Dancers. Besides her performing and teaching skills Valerie is also a choreographer and her work ranges from dance shows, song festivals, musicals and other corporate events.
Elise Ellul
Elise is a freelance dancer, practitioner and choreographer. She teaches contemporary dance in various established schools, conducting open classes and creative workshops that mainly focus on imagery and dance theatre. She started at a young age in Classical Ballet, Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance, graduating with a Bachelors in Dance Studies at the University of Malta in 2013. Throughout the degree, she has attended various workshops with foreign and local teachers, choreographers and dance performers, increasing her knowledge in dance. Professional works include performing and assisting in the coordination of Elements Dance Collective (2010). In 2014 she performed a physical theatre piece ‘Forget-Me-Not’ with Dù Theatre and a multi-media opera ‘Il-Kantilena’ by Reuben Pace with Contact Dance Company under the direction of Francesca Tranter. She was an apprentice dancer with Zfin Malta Dance Ensemble (2014/2015) with whom she performed in ‘Erbgha’ in Malta as well as Palestine and Jerusalem as part of the Ramallah Dance Festival. She performed ‘Laws of Motion’ with Sandra Mifsud and Douglas Comley in Taliesen Dance Days Festival in Swansea, Wales (2015). She is now a founding member of Żugraga Dance Organisation where she aims to bring dance to the community. Performing with Żugraga Dance in ‘OdysSea’ for a children’s programme Toi Toi Moves, ‘Qatra Qatra’ for the inauguration of the Aquadot in Fleur-De-Lys (2016) and ‘Barcode’, Żugraga’s first full length work (2016).
Gianluca Blandi
After graduating in ballet and modern dance he furthered his professional dance and performing arts studies at the academy Pierlombardo (Milan), directed by Susanna Beltrami where he studied under dance instructors such as Virginie Mécéne, Michael Mao, Paol Taylor, Radu Ciuca, Iraina Chistyakova, George Postelnicu, Carmen Ragghianti, Claudia Zaccari, Dominique Portal, Steve La Change, Claudia Bosco, Silvio Oddi, Matteo Bittante, Dario Lupinacci, Luigi Guainieri, Nicola Iervasi, Susanna Beltrami, and Mavin Khoo. Gianluca is the founder of international events such as IDEC Malta 2016; the international dance competition Alto Jonio dance; the Italian International Dance Festival of New York City (where he worked as executive director for the first four years). In December 2012 and 2013 he went to New York to organize the Alto Jonio Dance Italy-New York festival competition. He also works as a guest tutor at the Talent Unlimited High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. For six years he danced for the AMID dance company working with local and international choreographers. His most significant performances include Stripping Men, YADA dance company, Malta; dancing for Queen Elizabeth II and 52 Heads of State during the opening ceremony of CHOGM, Malta 2015; Italian debut of the Newyorker company AntonioFiniDance Cosenza, 2013; the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet directed by Arturo Cannistrà, Vibo Valentia 2012; dancer for the show The Expedition of the Thousand produced by the foundation Carime, who sees the extraordinary participation of Attilio Romita, Theater A. Rendano, Cosenza and showed on tv Rai 1; dancer for the Etoile Luciana Savignano, Varallo 2009, choreography by Susanna Beltrami. He was a choreographer for the Maltese Prime Minister on occasion of National Independence Day Malta 2014; choreographer for the opening of the festival Alto Jonio Dance 2014; choreographer for the students of grade 10 Talent Unlimited High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan 2013; assistant choreographer for National Ballet of Kosovo, 2013; choreographer for the Australian artist Ashley Rose Harvey and Antonio Pio Fini (a pas de deux) during the Alto Jonio Dance Festival, Villapiana 2011. He wrote the show La Valigia staged at the theatre A. Rendano of Cosenza 2010. In April 2013, Gianluca graduated in “Business of the Performing Arts” at the University of Calabria, Italy. He works as a teacher and choreographer in many schools throughout Italy and Malta.
Shanon Deguara
Shanon started her dance training at the age of 4 at the Alison White Dance Studio. She trained in the BTDA vocational syllabus in Tap, Modern Jazz and Classical Ballet alongside Spanish and contemporary dance. Shanon was exposed to several beneficial values through helping in teaching children with down-syndrome and autism. In 2003, she participated in the opening ceremony for the Games of the Small States of Europe. At the age of 11 she was awarded a scholarship to the Leicester College of Performing Arts where she received further training in various dance disciplines. Shanon has recently graduated with a Bachelor in Dance Studies (Honours) from the University of Malta where she pursued her dance training. In Summer 2014, together with a group of Maltese dancers, she represented Malta and its culture in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow. In November 2014 Shanon formed part of the University dance cohort touring Malta and Spain performing in choreographies by Dorian Mallia (Malta), Yoshua Cienfuegos (Spain) and Athanasia Kanellopoulou (Greece). Shanon was recently awarded a place on the Kibbutz Dance Journey program in Israel and performed for her Majesty the Queen during the CHOGM opening ceremony last November. As a freelance dance artist she teaches in various dance schools around the island and aims at providing all her students with the opportunity to cultivate their creativity whilst refining their dance technique.
Colette Caruana
Colette started her dance training at Olivia Dow’s School of Russian Ballet at the age of 3 and in 2009 she attained the certificate of Soloist – the highest that can be achieved in the Legat style of classical ballet. Over the 21 years that she has been dancing she has gained experience in various different styles and is competent in classical character, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary and jazz. Colette also loves musical theatre and has been a main dancer in various musicals, including Aladdin the Pantomime (Masquerade, 2009/2010) where she was Dance Captain. She has also gained experience in choreography over the years, most notably having choreographed R&J Forever: A Mash Up Musical for Masquerade in 2012. She looks forward to another year gaining new experiences in dance and learning from the children who she teaches.

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Oscar Zammit Street, Msida MSD1280, Malta

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(+356) 2124 6619

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(+356) 2124 6644