Teacher’s Profiles

Principal & Head  Of Artemocion Dance & Leisure Studio
Davinia Laferla Turner

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Arlette Mangion B.A. (Hons.) Ballet Education ARAD RTS Arlette, born in Malta, was introduced to Ballet at the tender age of two and a half with Deborah McNamara and then later moved to train under Mary Jane Bellia. In her early teens, she started taking classes at Creative Dance Studio with Clarissa Borg. She was also encouraged to join Daphne Lungaro’s Folklore Group where she performed locally and internationally. She eventually applied for a degree in Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance at the London headquarters in London. Arlette graduated in July 2011 achieving her Registered Teacher Status and BA (Hons) in Ballet Education. She has also passed all her RAD Graded and Vocational examinations, achieving her final RAD Advanced 2 examination in March 2011. Arlette decided to remain in London after graduating and worked freelance for 2 years teaching all levels. In 2013 Arlette moved to Qatar and established her own ballet school Budding Ballerinas. The first RAD ballet school in Qatar. The school ran successfully for 9 years with shows and RAD exams and all students who pursued exams had a 100% pass rate. Arlette has now returned to her roots in Malta and is looking forward to joining the Artemocion family

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Annabelle Vella Debono
Hailing from Mellieha, Annabelle was born on the 5th of September 1988. She began her singing career at a very young age when as a young girl, she auditioned for Act React’s Malta Children’s Choir and eventually spent a good number of years in the same choir and taking part in Musicals such as Beatles Mania and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Supported by her family who has been in show business for quite some years, she started singing as a solo singer in numerous singing competitions and started having overwhelming successes including first in a National singing competition televised on the national tv station. After leaving Malta Children’s Choir, Choir, she joined St.Monica’s Choir. During that time Annabelle was also studying pianoforte at St. Monica Music School renowned for pianoforte instruction. Annabelle also travelled to Moscow to compete in the Roza Vetrov Festival and achieved 2nd place from over 60 European contestants. Her breakthrough came in 2005, after placing 3rd in the Hotspot regular tv program. After Chiara’s impressive performance in Eurovision, Chiara chose her to be a backing vocalist, for the launch of her new album Here I am, where she travelled along with Chiara to Germany and Belgium. At the tender age of 17, Annabelle made her debut in Malta Song for Europe with her song ‘ Amazing’ with the collaboration of Malta’s Premiere composer and author Philip Vella and Gerald James Borg. and had the next experience for the Malta Song for Europe in 2007 with Nightwish.Annabelle triumphs in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in the Year 2009 with her song 1964, which was penned by Philip Vella and Mark Amaira. Philip’s collaboration with Annabelle on various projects and his first place with Vodka in the Malta Song for Europe 2008 made it possible for Annabelle to travel to Serbia to sing as a backing vocalist to Morena, which her best professional experience for her so far. Annabelle is currently a vocal coach at Artemocion Studio in Mellieha. She has also formed a children’s choir at the same studio which consists of all her singing students.

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Lesley Ann Nixon

English Drama Lessons with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts

Drama and English Teacher, Examiner, and Adjudicator

Bachelor of Education, (Manchester)
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education (Canterbury) Licentiate Diploma LLAM– London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
Honorary Fellowship FLAM-London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

Dear Parents and students,

Hello again to those of you, I had the pleasure of meeting at previous Drama Workshops for Artemocion and a warm welcome to those I have yet to meet. I am delighted to be able to continue working as part of the Artemocion Team in a series of Drama Workshops throughout 2011-2012, leading to more regular Drama classes for fun, confidence-building and examination preparation in the future.

Firstly, you may want to know a little about my experience in the field of Speech and Drama……. I have taught Drama and English at GCSE and A-Level for many years in several schools across the UK, including being Head of English and, most recently, Assistant Head of Learning Community. Throughout this time I also examined for the AQA and EDEXCEL examination boards at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level.

I founded the Drama Department at The Deborah Capon Dance Studios in Whitstable, Kent, where I introduced LAMDA examinations. Students build on their self-confidence and performance skills, alongside their dance, to contribute to well-rounded training and preparation for the theatre, teaching, and communication-based careers. As a LAMDA examiner, I assessed students at many Theatre Schools and Colleges, including Laine Theatre Arts, Arts Education, Italia Conti, and Sylvia Young.

My work in Speech and Drama has led to invitations to adjudicate in Speech and Drama Competitive Festivals, including The Kent Competitive Festival and The English Speaking Union’s Schools’ Debating Competition. Overseas projects include co-writing and directing a modern-day ‘Romeo and Juliet for students in Gustrow, Germany.

My experience over the years has led me to understand that, whilst there are establishments which offer a ‘glitz and glamour’ approach to performance training, it is always the quality of teaching and the care for the wellbeing of the student which matters most, which is why I’m so looking forward to working with Artemocion again.

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Davinia Laferla Turner
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Owner of Davina’s Creation and craft instructor, she showed a love for all handmade courses from an early age, but after completed her secondary school, she was employed by the owners of Hobby World, where she used to take her crafts lessons, besides giving assistance on different art products, she became one of the instructors there too. After 8 years working there, it was time to make her dream comes true and open her own shop, where different craft items can be found.

Davinia gives craft lessons in card making, Beading courses from Basic to Advance, 3D Decoupage, Glass Painting, Mosiac and more, Davinia was a part of the Mellieha contingent to visit Cyprus and exhibit her work. She had been invited to various events namely at Ghanafest at Argotti Gardens, UHM activities in Ta Xbiex, and Mellieha nights among others. Her originality makes her work of art, unforgettable.
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Jessica Farrugia
Musical Theatre Teacher
Jessica’s love for the performing arts started at a young age, after having attended a performing arts school for over 7 years. She always wanted to become a teacher and has been pursuing this passion for drama since she opted to choose drama leading to an IGCSE certificate in secondary school, before continuing Theatre studies as one of her intermediate subjects. She has obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theatre Studies in 2019 before enrolling in the Master’s in Teaching and Learning course in English and Drama. She continued her passion for the arts by investigating and writing a dissertation on the impact of drama on language and humanity subjects in secondary schools. Jessica has also been attending vocal training lessons for 10 years and has recently achieved her Grade 7 certificate in Trinity’s rock and pop vocals exam. She has always had a love for musical theatre, and two of her favourite memories are watching ‘Wicked’ and ‘Les Miserables’ in London’s West End. Her goal is to instil this passion for theatre and the arts in her students and to allow them to experiment and have fun!

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Alexandria Britton

Ms. Ally has just returned to Malta, after studying with The Imperial Society for Dance in England, where she achieved her teaching Diploma in Dance Education. (DDE) and her Advanced Qualifications in Classical Imperial Ballet. She has recently been teaching Ballet abroad, at Dance and Beyond in Chichester College in England.

With a passion for ballet from her early years, she attended lessons with Olivia Dow Ballet where she achieved distinctions in all her advanced levels through The Russian Ballet Society, studying the Legat Classical Ballet Style, so she is trained in 2 different ballet styles which broadened her understanding and teaching perspectives.

Since Childhood, Alexandria trained as a Rhythmic Gymnast, having been involved in various, performances and competitions. Pursuing teaching qualifications in Acro dance, so she can effectively combine her passion for dance and gymnastics.

While she was abroad, she also furthered her dance studies with ISTD, training in Modern Theatre, (Jazz) and Contemporary dance, so she could bring her love for these forms of dance to her new students.

She has previously been involved in a multitude of performances with different dance schools and different dance companies. such as The Junior Dance Company, and Moveo Dance Company amongst others and Redlands Tv serials and performing as a dancer in the Eurovision.

Alexandria has always aspired to teach dance, as it is her sincerest wish that all her students, will be physically and creatively inspired to carry a love of dance with them always.

She will be teaching various dance classes at the studio, and preparing the students to achieve their very best in dance.

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