Teacher’s Profiles

Principal Of Artemocion Dance & Leisure Studio
Davinia Laferla Turner

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Christianne Borg
Head of Ballet Faculty

Christianne Borg (nee Cassar), started her dance experience at The Mary Jane Ballet School, Malta where she competed all grades and achieved her Advanced 2 Level in ballet. Christianne always had a great passion and love for dance and classical ballet. She started out as a teaching assistant at the age of 17 years old and wanted to get overseas experience so she continued her studies at The Royal Academy of Dance in London, UK where she completed a BA (Hons) in Ballet Education, validated by the University of Surrey, UK. This degree gave her Registered Teacher Status and was the starting point of her teaching career. Since she shared a great passion for teaching Christianne decided to write her dissertation about understanding different learning and teaching styles which gave her great insight to the art of teaching ballet. Christianne was given the opportunity to work with very prestigious schools based in London such as GM Bale Ltd. and Dance Fusion, London. In 2008 she decided to return to Malta and continue to develop her career in teaching dance locally.
Christianne worked with two very established schools in Malta for the past 11 years and has now come to join our team as Head of Ballet Faculty at Artemoción. Christianne strongly believes in equal opportunities to dancers of every capability. Her goal is to elicit students into being the best dancer they can be according to their body type and intellectual capabilities.
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Janella Penza


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Ms Janella Penza
Ms Penza started her ballet experience at the age of 3. She took her first tuition with Deborah McNamara. At the age of 12, she joined the Mary Jane Bellia Ballet school, where she have completed her Advanced 2 exam, which has also given her the opportunity to go to University to read for the Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education. At the age of 18 she sat for the certificate in Ballet teaching studies with the Royal Academy of Dance London, and have been teaching ever since with the Mary Jane Bellia Ballet school. Besides a qualified Rad teacher Ms Penza is a professional dancer as well.

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Diane  Marie Attard RAD Teach Cert  was born on the 15th August 1975. She attended ballet classes since the age of four at The Ballet School founded by Mary Jane Bellia ARAD RAD Teach cert. and is still actively dancing and teaching to date.

Diane was always a burst of energy and loves performing and passing on her knowledge to others. She has been teaching for the past 20 years and entered students for the RAD examinations achieving successful results. Diane loves teaching both young children as well as adults and has the experience and know -how with all age groups. She also participated in various performances and cultural activities be it musicals,operettas, operas,classical repertoires, M.C.I concerts and many others. She also choreographed various pieces for a number of performances
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Ms Liana Vella-Zarb

Liana started dancing ballet at the age of 3 under the guidance of Ms Daphne Lungaro and later moved to the Mary Jane Bellia Ballet School. In the early stages of her dance training, she focused on the Royal Academy of Dance method. Over the years, she has expanded her dance repertoire to include contemporary, jazz and modern dance, as well as the Cecchetti method in classical ballet. While she was living abroad she continued her training in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as in Birmingham, Newcastle and Durham in the UK. This has enriched her dance portfolio with performances in various locations, apart from giving her the opportunity to meet and work with world-class dancers and choreographers. Liana completed the CBTS course and is an RAD registered teacher. She has now moved back to Malta where she continues to dance and teach classical ballet.
Dr L. Vella-Zarb
Lecturer in Structural Chemistry
Chemistry Department
University of Malta
Msida MSD2080
Malta
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Daniela Bezzina
Modelling Sessions (Comencing again in January 2020.

Ms Daniela Bezzina is 19 years old from Mellieha. She reflects a varied personality including ambition and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. She is also a well determined and vigorous individual, yet pleasantly calm. Daniela is a full-time student in financing, however modelling has always been her passion. Since from a young age she has been following and completed a course in this area. This bolstered her self-esteem, confidence, personality and above all meeting new people and pursue her dream. Her dedication for modelling gave her opportunities to participate in various appearances and competitions. In 2017 she was crowned as Miss Glamorous Princess and consequently in 2018 she competed in Lebanon, representing Malta, in World’s Next Top Model.
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Ms Charlene Brincat
Voice Coaching Teacher from La Voix Academy

Voice Coaching and Singing Lessons on Saturday Morning @ Artemocion Dance & Leisure Studio with Ms Charlene Brincat from La Voix Academy. For more information please call to Ms Charlene on 99645497 and here is Ms Charlene’s interesting biography

Charlene Brincat is a senior vocal and technique coach at La Voix Studios, Malta. She graduated with a BMus in Popular Music Performance in vocals with Honours from BIMM
London in June 2017 and has been working as a coach ever since with La Voix Studios. She teaches students from a young age up to mature students. Charlene also has a grade 8 ABRSM
certificate in piano and music theory.
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Annabelle Vella Debono
Hailing from Mellieha, Annabelle, was born on the 5th 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 the 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 Hotspot regular tv programme. 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 ge of 17, Annabelle, made her debut in Malta Song for Europe with her song ‘ Amazing’ with the colloboration 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 nd Mark Amaira. Philip’s colloboration 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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HAZEL SUMMERBELL
Hazel started dancing at age 3 at the Lucy Heafield School of Dance in Leicestershire, UK and continued on to a full time Performing Arts course upon leaving school, at Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama in Nottingham. Whilst there, as well as getting intensive all round dance and musical theatre training, Hazel passed her IDTA & ISTD teaching qualifications with great marks, one of her proudest achievements.

She has worked as a professional dancer in the UK, with positions including Assistant entertainments manager at a Warner Leisure Hotel, producing and performing in shows every night!

Hazel moved to Malta as part of a cabaret production, performing in a variety of locations for all kinds of events, and eventually ended up staying in Malta.

Hazel has now been teaching a variety of dance subjects for over 5 years, both in Malta and the UK, as well as performing as part of a Wedding Band in the UK, and choreographing productions in Malta.

Recently Hazel hosted her first IDTA exam session where the students all passed with great results!
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Lesley Ann Nixon

English Drama Lessons with 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 built on their self confidence and performance skills, alongside their dance, to contribute to a 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 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 matter most, which is why I’m so looking forward to working with Artemocion again.
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Tamaryn Lauer
Musical Theatre

Our introduction with our Musical Theatre Teacher and her interesting bio
Tamaryn Lauer, born and raised in South Africa in a very artistic family,has always been expressive in her nature. Always singing with a hair brush and choreographing dances.
As a child she fell in love with the piano and wrote her first master piece by the age of 12.
She then began the sing/ write combo and created many more pieces.
Being so uplifted and moved by music Tamaryn was compelled to follow through her life in creative projects including music, singing, theatre costume/make up and floristry.
After an encouraging amount of work in modelling, Tamaryn moved to London to study.
She studied performing arts, gaining her qualification and experience.
Tamaryn was awarded excellent grades which encouraged her to pursue her passion in performing arts.
After having two children herself, she realised how effective performing arts and musical theatre is for the development of the younger generation which inspired her to teach.
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Davinia Laferla Turner
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Owner of Davina’s Creation and craft instructor, she showed the love for all hand made 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 instructor 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 arts, unforgettable.
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Juan Sebastian Correa Caceres

Guitar lessons with Examinations. Whether you want to learn the guitar to pursue a career or, if you want to learn it for your own leisure, these lessons apply for you. Lesson is given on one to one basis. Your choice for classical or pop, guitar lessons, were never this easy. Classes are given by a qualified guitar teacher and here is his biography.

Juan Sebastian Correa Caceres
BA Music Studies, M.Mus., PhD (c)

Mr. Juan Sebastian Correa is a Chilean-Maltese musicologist. As a student of music pedagogy in Chile, he specialized in classical guitar and flute. Mr. Correa holds a Bachelor and a Master of Music from the University of Malta, where he is currently reading for his PhD in ethnomusicology. Mr.Correa has collaborated with renowned Chilean and international bands, particularly, in Dubai and Oman. He currently teaches music theory in a government school. For more information please call us on 77049838 or email scorpian.turner@yahoo.com
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Wayne Camilleri

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The love and passion for music,plus the need to push boundaries in writing ‘a cool song’ ,and the thrill of being onstage with fellow musicians,are what makes Wayne tick.

Wayne is a member of The Big Band Brothers,an 18 piece Brass ensemble,who have so far taken their brand of Live performances on many local stages and television and on international stages,namely Liverpool and Istanbul.

Wayne also writes and records music,and is half of K.O.I. , a project with finnish guitarist Dimi Dallas.. K.O.I. is an Electro Rock musical journey and experiment for both artists,who love working together in their very own studio ambient.

Wayne has previously been a member of Sourmash (Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Band winners 2003) and The Applebeez ( a project with Ray Mercieca ,of Rifffs and Characters fame) and is currently also in the Xirka Rock band, a venture with some of Malta’s top Musicians who perform Covers with most of Malta’s top rock singers fronting the band ,and duetting, making every Xirka Rock event a memorable one for both Audience and Musicians.

Wayne has also played Live Sessions with Airport Impressions,Tribali and local dj duo act Tenishia,and played in various locations with Nafra ,an ensemble made mostly out of traditional maltese instruments

He has also taken part in all editions of Rockestra,a Rock Concert organised by The Malta Philarmonic Orchestra,under the direction of Mro,Sigmund Mifsud,whose purpose it to raise funds for people in need.
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Lauren Stanton

Born Birmingham, England. Trained in theatrical dance since the age of 2.

Principal of Hazelle Stage school in Birmingham UK and Elite Studios Malta.

Fully qualified IDTA dance teacher. Danced with Impact Dance Group for many years.

Organiser of Birmingham Stage Dance Festival for dance schools all over the UK.

Performed on TV, BCC and ITV travelled worldwide, both working, presenting and dancing.
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Cassandra Galea

Cassandra Galea began her dance training with the Mary Jane Bellia Ballet School where she received her Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance certification. She then continued her studies at the Malta Youth Ballet Foundation where she achieved Diploma in Professional Dance.

Her most featuring performances include Gamzatti and Corps de Ballet in La Bayadere, Corps de Ballet in Cinderella alongside the Royal Moscow Ballet and Dancer in the musicals Rock of Ages and the Sound of Music and choreographer of the Phantom of the Opera. She is also a Silver Medalist in the Eurovision for Young Dancers in Malta, and a finalist in the Next Generation Dance Competition in Verona. Cassandra has worked with various Dance companies such as Zfinmalta, Moveo Dance Company, and the County Youth Dance Company in Wales.

Cassandra continues to work as a Dance Tutor in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop in the most prominent Dance schools in Malta.

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Zivele Zinkeviciute

Hip Hop
Comtemporary
Jazz Choreography and technique
Biography soon on
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Chantelle Mizzi


Modern Jazz
Commercial/Modern
Biography soon on