Summer School Teachers
The Academy of Dance Arts’ will this summer be offering performance and visual arts summer school for children from ages 5 to 13. The activities will include Dance and choreography, Drama, Music and Singing, Painting, Art and making of props and lots more. summer school teachers
The Academy of Dance Arts employs professional teachers who hold all the required qualifications in their respective fields. The Academy will be holding the same standards with regard to this year’s summer school. The following teachers will be leading the summer school.
Drama – Andre’ Agius
André Agius started acting at the age of 4 with Masquerade, School of the Performing Arts (Malta), and trained internationally at Rose Bruford College (UK), Odin Teatret (Denmark) and was chosen to participate in the Facing-the-Gap Youth Exchange (Budapest). Memorable roles include ‘Man’ in Tender Napalm – in Malta and at the Edinburgh Fringe (2014), ‘Claudio’ in Much Ado About Nothing, ‘Nigel’ in The People Next Door, ‘Billy Bibbit’ in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, ‘Jack’ in The Rose Tattoo (Frankfurt’s English Theatre, Germany) and ‘Sig’ in The Price of One, ‘Charles Marlow’ in She Stoops to Conquer. In 2017, André directed and performed within the Sharjah Heritage Days (Dubai) and will be directing Skylight by David Hare for the MADC, at the MITP theatre. André has taken part in numerous films including the main role of ‘Adir’ in CBS’s The Dovekeepers. He gained his Diploma in Speech and Drama (TRINITY, UK) and is reading for a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies (University of Malta).
Music and Singing – Claire Massa
Claire Massa graduated from the University of Malta with a BA (Hons) in Music Studies and a PGCE in the teaching of music. She obtained an M.Mus with distinction in Voice Performance studying with Prof Jerzy Artysz from Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland and Prof Michael Laus from University of Malta. She has attended masterclasses in voice and courses in music education in the United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, studying with the late Eva Andor, and Juliette Bisazza Zanni.
Massa is a regular performer in vocal concerts. Her repertoire spans from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to the operas of Mozart and Rossini, German Lieder to the French romantics and impressionists and the more demanding twentieth century works. Her performances include ‘Mercedes’in Bizet’s Carmen, The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten, L’Amico Fritz by Mascagni, Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco, Gertrude in Romeo and Juliet by Gounod, The Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide, Madalena in Rigoletto, and Clarina in La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Grand Mass and other masses, Stabat Mater – Pergolesi and Rossini and Tucapsky, Dixit Dominus and Messiah – Handel, Christmas Oratorio – Bach, Gloria and motets – Vivaldi, 9th Symphony – Beethoven, Requiem and Canticles of St Luke – Joseph Sammut, Askesis and The Hyland Mass – Joseph Vella, Iconi di Donna and Hames Kanti Poplari –Charles Camilleri, and more recently Nani’s Psalms and Responses for Passion Week among others. She has also given recitals in St John’s Co-Cathedral, Mdina Cathedral, the Manoel Theatre, St James’Cavalier and the President’s Palace in San Anton. Claire has also recorded CDs among them: War Requiem by Charles Camilleri, Stabat Mater by G. Abos, various works by Benigno Zerafa as well as The Canticles of St Luke by Joseph Sammut (APS Bank) and Liturgical Works of St Johns by A. Nani (APS Bank). She was also invited to sing in Germany where she performed at the Liepzig Mendelssohn Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus, and the Wiesbaden Konzerthaus. She sang the part of the Jester in Camilleri’s Maltese Cross which was performed in Saint Germaine de Pres in Paris. She gave a recital in the Festival of European songs held in Warsaw, Poland as well as Elgar’s Sea Pictures in an orchestral concert in London, and an operatic concert in the Municipal Theatre of Bastia, Corsica among others.
Claire is currently Head of Department of Music within the Government Education Department, as well as a teacher of music in primary schools. She is also a lecturer in the Music Department within the Faculty of Performing Arts and in the Faculty of Education, University of Malta.
Art and Painting – Denise Papagiorcopulo
Denise Papagiorcopulo nee’ Borg Millo is a senior visual arts teacher at San Anton School and has been teaching the subject to primary, secondary and post-secondary students for the past 17 years. She has prepared students for the local O Level, Intermediate, A level exams and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Besides teaching, she is a fine arts artist herself and has exhibited locally and internationally. Denise collaborated with various entities on several art projects including Kreattiv, Ziguzajg, Strada, Notte Bianca and produced props for dance shows with dance companies.
Dance and Choreography – Fiona Anastasi
Ms Fiona commenced her training at an early age at the Deborah McNamara School of Dance. She then furthered her studies at Central Academy of Ballet, when Ms McNamara was co-director, where she was awarded both local and foreign dance scholarships. During this time Ms Fiona had principal roles in various local productions.
At the age of 16, she decided to take up full-time dance training in Cheshire in the UK at Kate Simmons School of Dance, where she continued her studies and achieved teacher qualifications for Classical ballet, Spanish and studied Modern Dance to Advanced Level. During her 3 years training in the UK she took part in various productions including a lead role in Beauty and the Beast and also in Allegro Dance Touring Company. In Malta, she formed part of Francesca Tranter’s Company of Contemporary Dance for many years. She furthered her professional development on the Island, by achieving further teaching certificates in both Spanish and Classical Dance under the guidance of Ms Deborah McNamara. Ms Fiona has been working as a freelance dance teacher, teaching Ballet, Spanish and Jazz with the Deborah McNamara School of Dance since it first opened in 2003 and continues to do so with the Academy of Dance Arts, preparing senior students for major exams.
Dance and Choreography – 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 a Dance and Drama award by Northern Ballet School UK, where she graduated from 3 years later.
Upon graduating, Elena was offered her first professional dance contract with Celebrity Cruises. Elena returned to Malta in May 2014, joined Moveo Dance Company and has danced in numerous productions both locally and abroad. Elena toured with Moveo Dance Company to Berlin and Washington DC and last year was one of the chosen dancers at Blueprint in New York City.
Elena holds a Diploma in Dance Instruction in both the Cecchetti and ISTD methods of Classical Ballet. She is also a student at the University of London, reading for a Bachelor of Science degree Business and Management.
Dance and Choreography – Shanon Deguara
Shanon recently joined the teaching faculty at the Academy of Dance Arts. She 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. 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.