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.


Rowenna Pullicino
Rowenna's passion for dance started at a very tender age joining Olivia Dow's school of Russian ballet in 1996; gaining her soloist examination in 2008. Rowenna participated in local and international workshops / events and has performed in the weekly spectacle Knights Spectacular 1565 under the direction of Salvu Mallia from 2006 to 2009. In 2006, she joined Johanne Casabene Dance Conservatoire and had the opportunity to Dance in La_Sylphide .This lead to her moving to Marseille, France in 2009. Thierry Le Floc’h and Mitou Manderon offered Rowenna to join their Academy, L’Académie Méditerranéenne. During her first year of studies she performed several shows including Giselle, beauty and the beast. A year later she joined Northern Ballet School where she was awarded a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance and also got her teaching qualification in ISTD Ballet. Rowenna holds a B.A. Hon. Degree in Professional Dance and Performance which she achieved in 2015 whilst traveling the world performing.
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 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. Shanon was exposed to several beneficial values through helping in teaching children with down-syndrome and autism. In 2003, she participated in the opening ceremony for the Games of the Small States of Europe. 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. In Summer 2014, together with a group of Maltese dancers, she represented Malta and its culture in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow. In November 2014 Shanon formed part of the University dance cohort touring Malta and Spain performing in choreographies by Dorian Mallia (Malta), Yoshua Cienfuegos (Spain) and Athanasia Kanellopoulou (Greece). Shanon was recently awarded a place on the Kibbutz Dance Journey program in Israel and performed for her Majesty the Queen during the CHOGM opening ceremony last November. As a freelance dance artist she teaches in various dance schools around the island and aims at providing all her students with the opportunity to cultivate their creativity whilst refining their dance technique.
Elise Ellul
Elise is a freelance dancer, practitioner and choreographer. She teaches contemporary dance in various established schools, conducting open classes and creative workshops that mainly focus on imagery and dance theatre. She started at a young age in Classical Ballet, Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance, graduating with a Bachelors in Dance Studies at the University of Malta in 2013. Throughout the degree, she has attended various workshops with foreign and local teachers, choreographers and dance performers, increasing her knowledge in dance. Professional works include performing and assisting in the coordination of Elements Dance Collective (2010). In 2014 she performed a physical theatre piece ‘Forget-Me-Not’ with Dù Theatre and a multi-media opera ‘Il-Kantilena’ by Reuben Pace with Contact Dance Company under the direction of Francesca Tranter. She was an apprentice dancer with Zfin Malta Dance Ensemble (2014/2015) with whom she performed in ‘Erbgha’ in Malta as well as Palestine and Jerusalem as part of the Ramallah Dance Festival. She performed ‘Laws of Motion’ with Sandra Mifsud and Douglas Comley in Taliesen Dance Days Festival in Swansea, Wales (2015). She is now a founding member of Żugraga Dance Organisation where she aims to bring dance to the community. Performing with Żugraga Dance in ‘OdysSea’ for a children’s programme Toi Toi Moves, ‘Qatra Qatra’ for the inauguration of the Aquadot in Fleur-De-Lys (2016) and ‘Barcode’, Żugraga’s first full length work (2016).
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.

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(+356) 2124 6619

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(+356) 2124 6644