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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Maeve Hannon

Maeve Hannon started dancing at Corrib Dance Academy, Ireland where she completed graded and vocational examinations. Maeve became a member of Youth Ballet West when she was 14, and later was promoted to the role of rehearsal assistant. She started to work as a ballet assistant when she was 15. In these two roles, Maeve discovered her love for teaching ballet. She spent a year at the College of Dance in Dublin where she trained in other styles such as jazz, contemporary and tap. She continued her studies in London at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, UK where she completed the BA (Hons) in Ballet Education program, which is validated by the University of Bath, UK. Here, she also studied the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance program, which gave her an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to teach the RAD syllabus to students of all ages. During these years, she also completed her Advanced 2 exam. Maeve’s varied experiences as a student and teacher of ballet have contributed to her developing passion for the art form, its traditions, and its exciting future

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SaraM.Cardona Hip Hop Teacher

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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.

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Ms. Charlene Brincat
Charlene Brincat is a Maltese singer, vocal coach &
music teacher. She has been teaching singing
professionally since 2017. She graduated from the
The University of West London in 2017 with a
BMus(Hons) in Popular Music Performance
specializing in vocals. She also has a certificate in
Grade 8 piano & music theory issued by the
Associated Board of the Royals Schools of Music.
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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 the time Annabelle was also studying pianoforte at St. Monica Music School renowned for pianoforte instruction. Annabelle also traveled 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 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 traveled 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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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 entertainment 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 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 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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Mireille Borg


Mireille’s love for music and the arts has been instilled in her from a young age and she started taking singing lessons with Annabelle Vella, at Artemocion Studios, who is still coaching her 10 years later. At age 13 she started pursued her love for theatre and addended Stagecoach for 3 years where she gained a lot of experience with regards to theatre. Throughout the past 7 years Mireille has participated in local events such as Rockestra, Strummin’, Joseph Calleja Children’s Choir, Animae Gospel Choir and Notte Bianca (2018 & 2019). She has taken part in musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dream Coat, Pantos with FM Theatre Productions and Teatru Malta (2015, 2018, 2019), il-Ħanina Maddalena and most recently il-Kbir Għadu Ġej. Last May a play she co-wrote has been awarded a ‘Premju Għall-Arti’ by the Malta Arts Council. She has done exams with LAMDA, RockSchool London and has an intermediate in Theatre (MATSEC).
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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. The 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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Lauren Stanton

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

The 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.

The organizer of the 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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Celine Azzopardi

Celine Azzopardi started dancing with Artemocion Studio from a tender age. After a while, she wanted to try out a new discipline, where she found her love for Gymnastics. She joined Gymstars and ICS Chun Gymnastics and continues her dancing at Alison White Dance Studio. After years of practicing gymnastics, performing, and competing in competitions, she decided to further her studies by taking a teaching course in this line. After obtaining the certification of her teaching course, Celine started her teaching at Dance Project. Celine is a Social Worker student and that helps her to integrate more with young children. She will be teaching at Artemocion Studio Acro Dance for Juniors Entering a Dance Studio gives her the best Satisfaction she can ask for.

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Chakib Zidi

Contemporary & Modern Jazz Coreography and technique

Biography

Chakib is a contemporary dancer and choreographer.

He trained and performed in his native Tunisia as well as in European countries such as Belgium and France.

He performed and taught in many different countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, France, Belgium, Malta. Chakib worked as a Professor at the prestigious University of Art in Tunisia `the higher institute for dramatic art.

Chakib is interested in creating dance that is preoccupied with the notion of personal expression and collective freedom. Identity, Borders, and Fluid gender.

Chakib worked as an artistic director, choreographer, and production manager for different dance companies and festivals locally and internationally.