Dance @ Masquerade

Dance at Masquerade School for the Performing Arts offers a variety of dance classes including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, and Contemporary in our state-of-the-art studios.

Getting the right introduction to any activity for children is essential and Masquerade is a fantastic place for them to enjoy learning, form friendships, acquire life skills and develop their dance technique. Children ages 3+, may enroll in our dance program and learn how to dance in a fun and positive environment. Dance @ Masquerade also provides classes for adults with previous dance experience, as well as for beginners who wish to take their first steps into discovering the world of dance.

Our highly trained and experienced tutors balance technical training with each individual’s creative abilities in order to provide a holistic dance experience.

The school offers optional examinations to all of its students and follows the Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet. From the age of five, students can take internationally-recognized exams through ISTD.

We treat each child individually. Whether they just want to have fun, focus on exams or even make a career of dance, our aim is to help them achieve their goal.

Masquerade students can also audition for the M Dance Company.

Click here to watch M Dance Company perform.

Tutors

Valerie Burke
As a young dancer, she started her training in 1996 at The Alison White Dance Studio at the age of 6 where she studied BTDA Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. In 2010 she was awarded a scholarship to further her training at Leicester School of Performing Arts in the UK, where she trained for 2 years and gained her Trinity Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre. Whilst in the UK Valerie performed in several musical productions such as A Chorus Line and How to Succeed without Really Trying at the Peepul’s Theatre in Leicester. After graduating she moved back to Malta and started her dance teaching career. Valerie teaches Modern Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballet and tap in several schools around the island such as The Alison White Dance Studio, School Of Performing Arts by Drama Troupe, Pauleen’s Dance Studio, Johane Casabene Dance Conservatore, Centre Stage Academy in Gozo, besides Masquerade. In Malta Valerie took part in several productions such as Gensna, Eurovision song contest, St. Helena the musical, Ghanja tal poplu, Bay Music Awards, Malta Sports awards and in openng ceremony of CHOGM (2015). Valerie was a resident dancer in several TV shows such as Pjazza and Hadd Ghalik on TVM. She performed in various Cabaret productions and weekly shows in several hotels and venues around Malta such as The Corinthia Hotel, Sea Bank Hotel, The Mellieha Bay Hotel and Casino Malta. She currently also forms part of The Alison White Dancers. Besides her performing and teaching skills Valerie is also a choreographer and her work ranges from dance shows, song festivals, musicals and other corporate events.
Shanon Deguara
Shanon started her dance training in Tap, Modern Jazz, Classical Ballet, Spanish and contemporary dance at the age of 4 at the Alison White Dance Studio (Malta). In 2003, she participated in the opening ceremony for the Games of the Small States of Europe and was awarded a scholarship to the Leicester College of Performing Arts at the age of 11. In Summer 2014, Shanon represented Malta and its culture in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow. She graduated with a Bachelor in Dance Studies (Honours) from the University of Malta in 2015 where she formed part of the University dance cohort touring Malta and Spain performing choreographies by Dorian Mallia (Malta), Yoshua Cienfuegos (Spain) and Athanasia Kanellopoulou (Greece). Shanon was awarded a place on the Kibbutz Dance Journey program in Israel and performed for her Majesty the Queen during the CHOGM opening ceremony in November 2015. She is frequently given the opportunity to perform in National projects and festivals such as Notte Bianca and Science in the City, both considered as important spectacles for Malta. As a freelance dance artist, she teaches in various dance schools around the island. Shanon is currently reading for a Master in Education degree, through which she aims to broaden her understanding of how to best assist students with cultivating their creativity whilst refining their dance technique.
Colette Caruana
Colette started her dance training at Olivia Dow’s School of Russian Ballet at the age of 3 and in 2009 she attained the certificate of Soloist – the highest that can be achieved in the Legat style of classical ballet. Over the 21 years that she has been dancing she has gained experience in various different styles and is competent in classical character, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary and jazz. Colette also loves musical theatre and has been a main dancer in various musicals, including Aladdin the Pantomime (Masquerade, 2009/2010) where she was Dance Captain. She has also gained experience in choreography over the years, most notably having choreographed R&J Forever: A Mash Up Musical for Masquerade in 2012. She looks forward to another year gaining new experiences in dance and learning from the children who she teaches.
Kayleigh Gelfo
Kayleigh has been active in the dance-world since the age of three, starting with ballet at Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance, and eventually opened up to various other dance styles, including Contemporary, Jazz, and Modern Dance. She has along the years performed in numerous concerts, shows, TV programmes, international events, and competitions. In 2012, she decided to pursue her passion in dance by enrolling for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Dance Studies course, conducted by the University of Malta. She was trained by internationally renowned dance teachers and mentors, including Jo Butterworth, Mavin Khoo, Francesca Tranter, Lucia Piquero, Sara Accettura, and Dorian Mallia, and had the opportunity to learn both the practical and the theoretical sides of dance. Following her successful completion of the degree, she was chosen as a choreographer for the School of Performing Arts’ Dance Tour in 2013. One of her most prestigious performances to date is when she was part of a dance group that joined the Band of the Armed Forces of Malta in the 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, where they performed daily for a month, to an audience of over eight thousand per performance, who also included royal personalities. Kayleigh continued her studies in dance, having successfully graduated with a Masters of Arts in Performing Arts, from the University of Malta, in 2020. Her research was based on the similarity in training between classical ballet and military drill, with the use of discipline, aiming to reach the idea of a perfect body. In addition to her formal education and training, Kayleigh’s experiences as a dance practitioner include: teaching ballet and contemporary classes, choreographing and directing performances (including a performance for ŻiguŻajg in collaboration with ŻfinMalta), and performing in a number of events both locally and overseas. She also currently forms part of DanceLabMT, as a teacher, performer, mentor and student, and has participated in Malta’s Got Talent in 2020. Kayleigh is also a Dance Education lecturer at the Institute for Education. Kayleigh believes that dance is a way of expressing the soul through the body. It's like opening a door to a different world. Every challenge and experience has led Kayleigh to where she is today, and she is always seen with her chin up, ready for whatever is to come next.
Irene' Zarb Adami
Irene’ has been dancing since the tender age of 2, under the training of Ms Nina Winter and Ms Deborah Mc Namara. Obtaining distinctions in her checetti ballet exams as well as being singled out for her determination, artistry and sense of performance. Irene’ has also been recognised by local and foreign critics for her stage presence in several performances. Irene’ completed all ballet examinations including Advanced 2, which is a company, vocational examination as well as her DDI and DDE teaching Diploma examinations. Irene’ also has a great passion for flamenco dance and has been trained under Deborah Mc Namara, Deborah Falzon, Bettina Von Brockdoff and Robert Scicluna. Also attaining distinctions in her examinations as well as her final exam where she was invited to attend the Spanish Dance Society Course and Performance in Valencia. Dancing has always played a major role throughout Irene’s life. Awarded for Ballet, Jazz, Spanish and Contemporary as well as attended several courses within the dance disciplines. Irene’ is also a fitness enthusiast and believes that fitness plays a huge part in the progression of a dancers career in both physical and mental ways and includes this principle in her teaching method. “Dancing is not just an activity, its a way of life and finding out who you are without saying a word. A dancer is the brush and the paint and the movement is the work of art.” Irene’ Zarb Adami

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