Since opening in 1989 the Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Ballet has stuck firmly to its original philosophy of stretching each individual's potential to the very limits through the media of dance. The objective is to enhance aesthetic enjoyment for performer and audience alike. Since the spawning of a youth ballet company, Degas Ballet, which performed The Nutcracker to packed houses at the Manoel Theatre and at the Independence Arena in 1999, and with expanding international affiliations, these have been exciting years for the 300 students. There are often opportunities for students to perform in school shows, on TV, in festivals and charity concerts as well as in professional stage productions.
Cross-fertilization through travel, visiting artists and teachers have become intrinsic to the school ethos. Senior students have always had the opportunity to attend international dance courses in the U.K. Italy, Spain and France. These include courses at the Arts Educational Cecchetti School in Tring, Urdang Academy in Covent Garden, Ballet West in Scotland, Dance College of Cornwall, U.K., Broadway A Tropea, Italy, Dance Movement Bari, Italy, Kledi Kadu Academy, Rome, Italy, Conservatoire de Danse in Paris, France, the latter seven having awarded a total of fifteen scholarships to Miss Brigitte’s students.
2000 was an especially active year in which Miss Brigitte gave two senior students the opportunity to perform at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, and for the first time, a group of 22 students, ranging from 9 to 12 year olds attended Summer School at Ballet West. In the Summer of 2004 Miss Brigitte took nine of her students to another summer course in the UK, this time to the Dance College of Cornwall, in Cornwall. Since then students have travelled to Italy, Spain and France attending International dance courses under very distinguished teachers.
A total of fourteen International Summer Schools have been held annually at the school's premises. Some of the International guest artistes include Lisa Aldrige, Gillian Hurst, Amanda Eyles, Inge Arro, Christina Hughes, Ian Mackenzie Stuart, Terence Etheridge, Irena Zbornic, Svetlana Sivak and Ivelina Dimitrova ballerina from the National Bulgarian Ballet Company, who has now joined the Faculty. And most recently soloist Mavin Khoo.
The Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Ballet continues to grow from strength to strength, an establishment firmly based on tradition, which continues to exude all the vibrancy of confident youth. But when it comes to standards, there is no question of compromise. The school has had consistently excellent Cecchetti results throughout its 20 year history.