Principal & Head Of Artemocion Dance & Leisure Studio
Davinia Laferla Turner
Head of Ballet Faculty
Christianne Borg (nee Cassar), started her dance experience at The Mary Jane Ballet School, Malta where she competed in 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 the 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.
I started dancing ballet when I was about 4 years old. I continued to train as a ballet dancer at Artemocion Dance Studio, while also sitting for RAD dance examinations. However, as I started to grow up, I wanted to explore different styles of movement. I fell in love with urban and hip-hop dance as it enabled me to channel my creativity and to interact with music in a very different way than I was used to. Deciding to shift my focus towards hip hop has taken me on lots of wonderful adventures which have helped me to grow both as a dancer and as an individual. Some of these experiences include taking masterclasses by international dancers from all around the world. Some of these include Mecnun Giasar, Mike Song, Larkin Poynton, Oriana Sew Kim, Marthe Vangeel, Jun Quemado, and Duki to name a few. A pivotal experience in my dance journey has been being able to compete in World of Dance Switzerland in 2018 and 2019 with Concept of Movement, placing 3rd in 2019. I am currently reading for a BA in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Malta.
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.
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.
Davinia Laferla Turner
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.
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.