Faculty

Our teaching faculty is an enormous source of pride. Above all we want you to have teachers with whom you can trust your children and who can be counted on to teach the right techniques. Our staff includes performers who are active on the stage, highly experienced former members of leading ballet schools and dance companies, prize-winning ballerinas, and renowned visiting tutors. Yet each member of the faculty is profoundly and passionately committed to teaching.

Brigitte Gauci Borda

Brigitte Gauci Borda, Principal and Founder

Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London, has had extensive training in Malta, Rome and London, studying Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Contemporary and Spanish Dance.

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Claudia Preca, Teacher, Classical Ballet

Claudia started classical ballet training in 1980 under the tuition of Ms. Daphne Lungaro, attending several courses at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.

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Erika Gatt Coleiro, Teacher, Classical Ballet

Erika started her dance training in classical dance at Tanya Bayona Poutiatine Academy of Ballet at the age of 4 and joined The Dance Workshop in 1999, under the supervision of Teresa Lungaro Mifsud.

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Michaela Dimech, Teacher, Classical Ballet, Repertoire & Jazz

Michaela started her classical ballet training, at the Brigitte Gauci Borda school of Dance in 1989, at the age of nine. Her love for dance led her to take up jazz dance within the school, as a second discipline.

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Tatiana Lebideva, Teacher Classical Ballet & Repertoire

Tatiana was born in St.Petersburg, Russia. In 1987, she graduated from the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy and worked as a soloist for ten years in different ballet companies. During this time she performed various roles, including : Myrtha in ‘Giselle’, Gamzatti in ‘La Bayadere’, Odile and Pas de trois in ‘Swan Lake’, Fairy of Temperament, Fairy of Wit and Diamond Fairy in ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
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Monique Pellegrini Petit, Teacher, Classical Ballet

An established teacher and choreographer, Monique is a Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Under the direction of Tanya Bayona at The Tanya Bayona Poutiatine Academy of Ballet, Monique trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Spanish Dance. She was also a member of the TB Dance Theatre Company, performing locally and overseas in the UK and France. In 1980, Monique was awarded a scholarship to France by the French Embassy.

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Tanya Bayona, Guest Teacher, Classical Ballet and Yoga

Tanya Bayona, Fellow The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London and holder of the Enrico Checchetti Diploma, directed the Tanya Bayona, Princess Poutiatine Academy of Ballet for 23 years.

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Donatien Ravet Etoile Danseur, Teacher Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux

Donatien was born in Puyricard. He trained at the Mediterranean Academy of Dance in Marseille in various dance disciplines. He joined the Ballet Méditerranéen, dancing major roles in ballets such as Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, La Bayadère, Diana and Acteon, Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Raymonda. Some roles created specifically for him were Colomba, Dialogue of the Carmelites and Portrait of a City.

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Sue Vassallo, Teacher, Jazz & Hip Hop

Sue Vassallo started Jazz dance at the Brigitte Gauci Borda School of ballet at the age of 9, under the direction of Sonja Laskowski and later Jes Sciberras. In 2001 she received “The Best Jazz Technique Award,” and continued to further her studies under the direction of Kristina Schranz specializing in Hip Hop.

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Elaine Zerafa, Teacher, Ballroom & Latin

Elaine Zerafa began her dancing career at the age of 3, studying ballet and tap in England. She eventually progressed to Ballroom and Latin, passing all the major exams.

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Svetlana Silina, Teacher Classical Ballet and Profesora de Baile (PdB) of Spanish Dance.

Svetlana started her classical ballet training in a private school in Moscow where for ten years she was taught by, amongst many others, Lubov Jakunina, Alexandre Prokoviev and Gennady Ledyah – former Bolshoi graduates. In 1989 she graduated from the Moscow University of Culture as both a Classical Ballet Maitre and a teacher of Russian Folk Dance.

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