Rowena Grech BA (Hons.), MA, AISTD Cecc., DDI, IdB I SDS Principal and Teacher of Classical Ballet and Spanish Dance
Ms Rowena started her classical training at the age of 4 at the Tanya Bayona Poutatine Academy of Ballet. She continued her classical training at the Deborah McNamara School of Dance and also started her Spanish training under the tutelage of McNamara herself. During her training she attended a number of summer dance courses in the U.K., and was awarded first prize for a choreographic competition held in Tring, U.K.. After successfully completing her Advanced 2 in classical ballet under the tuition of Ms Nina Winter, Ms Grech went on to complete her ballet teaching certificates at the Deborah McNamara School of Dance with Deborah McNamara herself. After achieving her teacher qualifications, she started teaching at the Deborah McNamara School of Dance in 2004. She has been very successful with pupils being awarded very high results. In 2010, Ms Grech took over the Deborah McNamara School of Dance and is currently the Principal of the Academy of Dance Arts.
Ms Grech has a Masters of Arts in English Literature and Language. She also successfully completed her Spanish Exams till Advanced Level with the Society of Spanish Dance.
Fiona Anastasi (Barthet) AISTD Dip, Cecc., DDI, IdB II SDS Teacher of Classical Ballet, Spanish Dance and Jazz
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.
Amanda Vella Laurenti AISTD Cecc., DDI Teacher of Classical Ballet
Amanda is a teacher of Classical Ballet and Jazz and currently teaches younger children at the Academy of Dance Arts. She gained her teaching qualifications in Malta in 2001. After that Amanda moved to the UK where she taught at the renowned Vacani School of Dancing in central London for 8 years.
Christelle Borg D’Amato AISTD Cecc., B Eng (Hons.), MBA Teacher of Classical Ballet
Ms Christelle started her classical training at the age of 3 at the Tanya Bayona Poutatine Academy of Ballet. She continued her classical training at the Deborah McNamara School of Dance and also started her Spanish training under the tutelage of McNamara herself. During her training she attended summer dance courses in the U.K. She successfully completed her Advanced 2 in classical ballet under the tuition of Ms Nina Winter. She also successfully completed her Spanish Exams till Advanced Level with the Society of Spanish Dance. Ms Christelle went on to complete her ballet teaching certificates at the Deborah McNamara School of Dance. She is a freelance teacher and has taught pupils Classical Ballet in a number of local dance schools namely: Alegria, The Deborah McNamara School of Dance and Incite Motion. Ms Christelle was the first teacher locally to prepare senior RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) students for exams in the Cecchetti Method and all students received exceptional results.
Ms Christelle graduated in Electrical Engineering in 2002 and also completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2005 at the University of Malta. She is a Manager for Quality Assurance/Quality Engineering at Baxter, which is a global, diversified healthcare company.
Robert Scicluna IdB II SDS, Advanced Level in Exercise and Fitness Teacher of Spanish Dance and Fitness Instructor
Robert started dancing at the age of 25 at the Tanya Bayona Poutiatine Academy in Salsa and Flamenco. He later added jazz, contemporary and tap under the tutelage of Emma Loftus. Robert took part in many productions and Festivals with the Bayona Poutiatine Academy including, The Gozo Arts Festival and several French Day Celebrations for the French Embassy. He furthered his tuition in Flamenco with Rosanna Maya at Alegria Academy and later joined the Deborah McNamara School in 2003, where he continued to study Spanish, Jazz, Contemporary and added Classical Ballet.
Robert has participated in several Dance Power Performances, Dance Fusion (Alegria) and various Flamenco courses with foreign tutors such as Miguel Angel Espino, Angel Munoz, Inmaculada Ortega, Virginia Dominguez and Manolo Marin. He also took part in the Spanish Dance Society Anniversary Performance in 2007.
Robert holds the IdB(1) SDS and Advanced Level in Exercise and Fitness. Robert is a member of the Faculty at the Academy of Dance Arts, where he will be teaching Spanish Dance and Fitness classes for all levels.
Sarah Cachia, Teacher of Classical Ballet
Sarah teaches Classical Ballet within the Junior Sector at the Academy of Dance Arts. She is currently completing her dance teaching qualifications locally, together with her Degree in Law at the University of Malta. Sarah is also involved in the administration and day to day running of the Academy of Dance Arts.
Michaela Zammit Cordina, Teacher of Classical Ballet
Michaela recently joined the teaching faculty at the Academy of Dance Arts. She has a passion for teaching very young children and is currently completing her dance teaching qualifications locally. Michaela holds a degree in business management.
Warren Bonello, Teacher of Hip Hop
Warren started dancing at the age of 5, Latin and Ballroom with Msida Dance Centre. At the age of 13, still dancing Latin and Ballroom he started diverting into different genres of dance. Aged 17 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 and is venturing on to creating bigger productions and projects locally and internationally.
Shanon Deguara, Teacher of Classical Ballet
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.
Sara Bianchi IdB I (SDS), PDI (Alianza Flamenca) Teacher of Spanish Dance
Sara is a qualified teacher, teaching Spanish Dance Society syllabus at the Academy of Dance Arts to different age groups. Sara is an experienced performer and has attended various dance workshops and courses in Malta and Spain.