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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Sara M.Cardona

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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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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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 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 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 Carrera
 

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 to 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 Ethno-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 PhD in ethnomusicology. Mr Correa has collaborated with renowned Chilean and international bands, particularly, in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Oman. He imparts lessons on classical and popular guitar, music theory, and flute-both classical and popular with or without examinations. Mr Correa currently teaches music theory in a government school.

 

Mark Anthony Bartolo

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Mark Anthony Bartolo will be joining artemocion teaching guitar to beginners. He is a musician and songwriter who resides in Mellieha. He has studied both guitar and voice and will be graduating this year in his Bachelors in Music degree at the University of Malta. He has played several gigs in local hotels and restaurants. He also took part in the first season of X Factor in Malta, accompanying himself with his guitar. In this competition, he successfully made it to the Judges’ House. He has taken part in two editions of the international Tour Music Fest as a singer songwriter and made it to the top 5. He has attended UK-based songwriting bootcamps. Music was always his passion and he is keen to share his love of music and the guitar.

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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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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 The 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
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 Westend. 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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Monika Mazuchova
Majorette Teacher


Monika Mazuchova
Majorette Teacher

Monika is 26 year old from Slovakia. She started her journey with the baton and pom poms as a Majorette when she was 6 years old. 
She has been practising
Majorette in her country and took part in various competitions and festivals.
She participated in the European Championship in France in 2012 and the European Championship in Croatia in 2013. Besides that, she performed with her teams at various events in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.
She has studied at Hotel Academy in Nitra, Slovakia and also finished a course in Digital Marketing at ICE Malta. Although her studies and careers play a big role in her life, she has never betrayed her greatest passion of Sports Dance – Majorette Dance. 

Alexia Farrugia

Alexia Farrugia started dancing at the studio at around 4 years old, starting with ballet and proceeded to study other dance forms such as jazz, tap and contemporary. Throughout the years, she has managed to obtain qualifications in many disciplines, including RAD Ballet, IDTA Jazz and Tap, LAMDA Drama and Trinity Rock and Pop. Thanks to these achievements, she has been able to take on different projects, whether it be singing, dancing or acting related.