The Academy

The Academy of Dance Arts was established in 2010 by Ms Rowena Grech.

Since its founding the Academy has always strived to provide an all-round dance education, with strong foundations in classical ballet and Spanish dance. Our mission at the Academy is to help every individual student achieve his/her full potential, in a fun, friendly and professional dance environment.

Here at the Academy of Dance Arts we understand the various benefits that dance offers to a growing child and as a faculty use strategic methods to develop these. Ballet and other forms of dance help develop children’s artistic creativity as they are given the opportunity to express themselves physically from a very young age. At the Academy lessons for children as young as three, include role plays, story-telling, music interpretation and freedom of movement. These all contribute to the development of a child’s creative development and imagination. Children also enhance their intellectual capabilities as they learn the sequence of movements. This helps them develop certain cognitive skills, which enhances other important life skills such as problem solving. It also gives a child a strong sense of self-worth and well-being, building on one’s confidence and self-esteem. Our classes also offer a social network for children as they work on movements in teams and often remain with the same group for a number of years, thus building strong relationships.

Of course, the greatest benefit of dancing here at the Academy is keeping fit and staying healthy. From a young age dancers, especially those who do ballet, attend lessons on a regular basis, once or twice a week for younger dancers, and even more for senior dancers preparing for major examinations. Students learn different positions and steps, which utilize all parts of their bodies. They are educated on proper posture, head and body alignment and moving with their entire body to create a flow of movement. Few are those who continue to dance professionally. Yet those who have had a chance to dance at some point in their childhood usually understand the importance of regular exercise even as adults, as dancing offers an intense and fun form of exercise.

Parents often wonder at what age their children should start dancing classes. As long as they are with professionally trained teachers, who understand that young children should be dancing for fun, it is never too early and most are ready to start by the age of three. Dancing helps young children learn more about how they can move their bodies and exercise different parts. They accomplish a certain grace and poise in the way they move while having fun in a safe environment. Dancing, especially ballet, also instils a sense of discipline and perseverance which helps build strong characters often admired at school and later on in life.

Every member of staff at the Academy of Dance Arts is well-qualified and strives to improve upon his/her own education, attending courses and gaining higher teaching qualifications, thereby keeping up to date with the latest developments in the dance world.

Rowena Grech, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., A.I.S.T.D. Cecc. – Principal