SCHOOL NEWS FOR 1ST TERM – SCHOLASTIC YEAR 2013 – 2014
Over 70 students attended a two week intensive summer course with our guest teacher Dr Natalia Sokovivkova former ballet mistress of the famous Bolshoi Ballet. The course consisted of technique, core developemnet and repertoire from the ballet Sleeping Beauty. this was a very valuable experience for teachers and students alike.
The school also had a fun filled summer morning school for children aged between 5 years up to 16 years, students who attended this course covered several disciplines such as Ballet, Jazz, Drama, Singing, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Yoga, Latin Dance and Stretch and Core classes.
Summer evening courses were held three times a week for the senior students during july and August in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop.
LACRIMOSA DANCE PERFORMANCE
Twenty of our senoir students who are members of Malta Dance Theatre, rehearsed during the summer months for the dance show Lacrimosa.
Malta Dance Theatre is a young dance group founded by Ms. Brigitte together with Ms. Lynne. Graduates from the school were selected to be members of this newly formed group. The group debuted on the 7th and 8th September 2013, at MITP Theatre, Valletta, with the performance of LACROMOSA.- a production based on the ill-treatment of humankind and human emotion. As the title suggests, the performance depicts tearful experiences, Created, directed and choreographed by Ms. Lynne Salomone Reynuad, under the artistic direction of Ms. Brigitte Gauci Borda, with assistant choreographer Ms. Sue Vassallo. MDT dancers performed to two full houses.
HANSEL & GRETEL SHOW
Nicholas Aquilina as Hansel and Phoebe Schembri as Gretel
The show will be held at St. Agatha Theatre, Emmanuel Vitale Street, Rabat, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November, 2013
Rehearsals at the venue will be held a week before the show,
from Saturday 16th November 2013. For rehearsal timetable at St Agatha Theatre Please see Events & Performances Upcoming
All students of the school, from the youngest
to the senior students will be dancing in the show.
Tickets will be on sale at €15 each from the school as from Tuesday 5th November 2013.
A €50 depoist for costumes is now being collected.
CONGRATULATIONS to Luisa Fenech Conti who has been successful in her auditions with Kate Simmons Ballet school and Northern Ballet, both in the U.K. Luisa will be off to further her dance studies at The Northern Ballet School in the U.K, this coming September 2013.
LUISA FENECH CONTI (Left, Front row ) Peter Pan Ballet
Luisa has been studying classical ballet at the Brigitte Gauci Borda school of Ballet since the age of three, later on she also also took up Jazz dance and contemporary dance at the school. Luisa danced in all the major produciotions of the school including Swan Lake and Coppelia with principals from renouned international ballet companies.
(Below, front row) LUISA FENECH CONTI - Peter Pan Ballet
CONGRATULATIONS also go to a former student of the school, Julienne Schembri who will be starting the U.K tour of the musical Wicked, after audtioning successfully !
Well done Julienne!
IN HOUSE PHOTGRAPHER
Introducing Anna Runefelt, a naturally talented Swedish photographer who arrived in Malta for a short trip and fell in love with it. Her exhibition “Pietra and Stone” – photographs captured on location in Malta, picturing a ballerina from The Royal Ballet London, are currently on show at Hotel Juliani, St Julians until the 30th September 2013.
Anna is now collaborating with Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance as our in-house-photographer and offer discounted dance photography sessions to our students. For more information on photography sessions and discounted photo packages in the month of September contact Anna on: email@example.com
Where and when did you train to become a photographer and how has your work developed?
I got my first camera when I turned nine. It was one of those plastic things with a funny “clonk” sound. I was introduced to a darkroom at the age of 14 and by then I was pretty much hooked. I studied art and photography at college in Sweden and then photography at university in Leeds.
After my studies I moved to London and started my own photographic projects, worked in a few studios and trained with various photographers. I’ve shot a lot of commercial work over the years in many different areas. Using the medium to capture independent artistic work is what interests me the most. I have always had an interest in the human form and movement so dance photography is something that I enjoy immensely.
Anna Runefelt, Photography – www.annarunefelt.com
Anna Runefelt, Fine Art Photography Exhibition
Location: Hotel Juliani St George’s Rd, St Julians
Date: 20th June – 30th September 2013
Limited Edition Prints for sale.
"Anna Runefelt's natural and raw talent oozes out of her entire collection. She has a rare gift for the way she plays with light and possesses an incredible ability to tell stories through her work. Her photographs are timeless, universal in appeal and live long in the memory."
- John Paul Micallef – Producer
"Words like perfection, beauty, exquisitely choreographed come immediately to mind."
- Elizabeth Perrotte: CHRISTIE'S