Summer Club Teachers
The Academy of Dance Arts’ will this summer be offering performance and visual arts summer school for children from ages 5 to 12. The activities will include Dance and choreography, Drama, Music and Singing, Painting, Art and making of props and lots more. summer club 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 Club. 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). In 2017, André directed and performed within the Sharjah Heritage Days (Dubai) and directed 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.
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.
Claire is a regular performer in vocal concerts and has performed both locally and abroad including in Berlin, Warsaw, Paris, Bastia and London. 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 – 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.
Dance and Choreography – Warren Bonello
Warren started dancing at the age of five, Latin and Ballroom with Msida Dance Centre. Aged seventeen he moved to the United Kingdom to study at Bodywork in Cambridge, U.K., graduating in a Higher National Diploma in performing arts. Warren completed his three-year course studying dance education at the University of Malta. Warren has just got back from the U.S. after six months studying and dancing at Millennium Dance Complex in LA and Peridance centre in N.Y.C..