Teacher’s Profiles

Biography of Becky Scerri

Becky started dancing at the age of 4 and a half under the direction of Ms Mary Jane Bellia at The Ballet School in Gzira, Malta. After deciding that dance was something she wanted to pursue as a career, she chose to study the art of dance at tertiary level, graduating from a B(Hons) in Dance Studies at the University of Malta in 2014. That summer she was chosen to take part in the 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland alongside Ellipsis Dance, an NGO, that was co-founded and co-directed by Becky, herself and 7 other members from the Dance Studies Degree in 2013. Ellipsis Dance also proposed a project, that was accepted as part of the Ziguzajg, International Festival for Children and Young People, based on a choreographic and narrative dance concept, working alongside the dancers of ZfinMalta, our Maltese National Contemporary Dance Company (2014).

In September 2014, she was accepted into Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she successfully completed her MA in Gender, Media & Culture, whilst combining her passion for dance research and pedagogy with female representation in dance. Her dissertation research brought her back to Malta working alongside the ZfinMalta dancers and previous Artistic Director, Mr Mavin Khoo.

In January 2017, her love for singing took her back to the UK, following several short courses in Musical Theatre at The City Academy and West End MT in London alongside working as an External Examiner and Visiting Lecturer at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Twickenham, U.K. She was encouraged by her tutors to apply for The Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, where her application was accepted, and one year later she successfully completed her MA in Musical Theatre. She shall be graduating in 2019 with the next cohort of Musical Theatre students. In 2017, she also became a recording artist with Regent Street Arts in Soho (London) for one year prior to returning to Malta to be closer to her family.

Becky has worked alongside Kimberley Wyatt (Pineapple Studios), Phyllida Crowley Smith (GSA, Musical Theatre) , Michael Freeman (GSA, Musical Theatre), Sarah Class (music video in Somerset, UK), amongst others. She has also performed at the Shaftsbury Theatre in London as part of her MA Showcase, performing Something’s Got a Hold on Me by Etta James.

She is extremely passionate about sharing her performance training and experiences with local students who get “a kick” out of the performing arts as much as she does – be it as a hobby, therapy or else, as an aspiring performer. She believes that with a mixture of self-determination, confidence, dedication and hard work, anything is possible – and dreams do come true!

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Another qualified teacher joining Artemocion Dance & Leisure Studio’s faculty is Ms Janella Penza. And besides here you shall also find her biography on our website www.artemocion.net. Welcome to Artemocion Family, hope your experience with us will be a most enjoyable journey.
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.

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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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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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.

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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VICTORIA CALLEJA

Victoria Calleja ARAD, B.Sc. (Hons) started her classical ballet training at the age of seven at her primary school. In 2000, she joined Creative Dance Studio under the direction of Clarissa Borg B.A. RAD T.Dip. and has been training there ever since. Victoria passed her Advanced 2 Ballet examination in 2011 and has been awarded the Nadya Borg Outstanding Award in 2013. She is presently also training in contemporary dance and attended workshops and master classes both locally and abroad. Victoria read for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Therapy at the University of Malta and graduated with honours in 2010. She has successfully completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2013 and is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. Victoria has been teaching classical ballet at the Creative Dance Studio and will also be teaching at Artemocion Dance Studio.

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Phyllisienne Brincat ( Malta )

Professional singer, singing tutor, voice coaching, music teacher, sound engineer, musical arranger, choir director, composer, music video director, festival producer, choreographer and actress
Been singing for 49 years with great success both in Malta and in foreign countries.In her 27 years, as a singing tutor she saw most of her students achieving great successes also representing Malta in popular competitions such as the Eurovision Song Contest. Phylisienne, was part of various rock operas, musicals and operettas and big local productions. At this moment she is producing a TV show for all the family on Fliving channel called KULURI where her singing pupils are part of the show. More information on https://www.facebook.com/KulurifuqFliving

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.

Lauren Stanton

Bio:

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.

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.