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.
Chantal-Marie Cassar RAD Teach Cert, BA (Hons) Melit, MSc ISAT (USA), MSc SERM (Melit), was born on the 8th September 1990. At age 9 she started her classical ballet training under the directorship of Mary Jane Bellia at ‘The Mary Jane Bellia Ballet School’. In 2012, she successfully completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She has also worked in several theaters as Stage Manager and Co-Coordinator for various dance productions. Besides Ballet, Chantal also dances Latin America with and Standard Ballroom.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Shanon started her dance training at the age of 4 at the Alison White Dance Studio. She trained in the BTDA vocational syllabus in Tap, Modern Jazz and Classical Ballet alongside Spanish and contemporary dance. She took part in various performances, adverts and short films across the island. Shanon was exposed to several beneficial values through helping in teaching children with down-syndrome and autism. In 2003, she participated in the opening ceremony for the Games of the Small States of Europe.
At the age of 11 she was awarded a scholarship to the Leicester College of Performing Arts where she received further training in various dance disciplines. Shanon is currently reading for a Bachelor in Dance Studies (Honours) at the University of Malta furthering her training in contemporary dance. In Summer 2014, together with a group of Maltese dancers, she represented Malta and its culture in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow. In November Shanon formed part of the University dance cohort touring Malta and Spain performing in choreographies by Dorian Mallia (Malta), Yoshua Cienfuegos (Spain) and Athanasia Kanellopoulou (Greece).
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
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.
Antonio Badagliacca is a thirty-three year old tenor who was born in Palemo in the South of Italy.
At the age of fifteen he decided to study singing and was enrolled in a two years course, Schola Cantorum (1999-2001), where he was taught to sing plainchant singing, madrigal singing and sacred music. After these two years course he took part to different professional choirs.
In 2002, he joined the association “I solisti di opera laboratorio” where he started singing in Classical Opera choirs and later in National Gospel choirs as well. During this time he studied singing under Elizabeth Smith’s direction, she trained him from 2002 until 2007.
In 2004 he sang as a solo singer for the association of Contemporary Music “Curva Minore” for the music piece “In C” composed by the American musician Terry Reily. In 2009 thanks to a cultural exchange in collaboration with CMS, School of Performing Arts of Turin, he went to New York to visit the Julliard School of Music (Classical Conseravatory) and the Collective School of Music (Contemporary Music School), he also attended concerts at the Blue Note and musicals in Broadwaysoaking up the musical influences of the Big Apple.
From 2009 through 2012 Antonio Badagliacca, also known as Antoba, has also dedicated himself to pop/rock music, by singing and playing as a solo singer throughout Europe in cities such as Copenaghen, Cracow, Paris and London.
In 2016 he released on Itunes and Amazon a collection of his own songs, entitled “Glimpses of heaven” featuring songs such as “In your hands” that was also included in an American music compilation, called “a Call for healing”, produced by Quickstar productions in 2007.
Since 2015 he has performed in the following productions:
• “Orpheus in the Underworld”, Chorus member/performer at Teatru Manoel, Valletta 2016;
• “Mo’s art”, singer/actor at Teatru Manoel Valletta 2017;
• Concert as choir member with the MPO, within the EU Council, directed by Marco Frisina at St John’s C0-Cathedral 11/02/2017.
• Chorister for the Maltese EU Presidential Choir perfoming “the Ninth Simphony” during the Europe Day Concert under Brian Schembri’s direction at the MCC in Valletta.
• Opera singing masterclass with Romolo Gazzani, Palermo 2004
• Gospel singing/music masterclass with Rodney Bradley, Palermo 2010.
1. Schola Cantorum,
2. Trinity Pop/Rock vocals, grade 8.
Antonio Badagliacca is graduated in English literature and has been working on the island of Malta as CELTA qualified teacher in the ELT industry since 2015.
Anna trained in ballet, contemporary and modern at The Royal School of Dancing in Mazara Del Vallo ( Sicily). In 2012 she moved to Bari and started her professional career as performer, she joined the Breathing Art Company directed by Simona De Tullio.
In 2014, Anna furthered her artistic growth joining the first year of a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies at the University of Malta. During this past three years she trained and collaborated with international dance artists. Meanwhile, thanks to several projects, she performed in Italy and in USA. She also took part as dancer in some productions with Diciembre Dance Group and Moveo Dance Company. Anna is a performer as well as professional dancer and a qualified dance teacher
Renee Saliba started her classical ballet training in 1994 at the age of 4 and joined the Central Academy of Ballet in 1997 where she continued to train under the direction of Monique Pellegrini Petit and Mireille Coleiro. Her love for dancing led her to take up Spanish Dancing within the same school in 2000 under the direction of Svetlana Silina always achieving excellent results within all her examinations with the Spanish Dance Society. In 2015 she joined the Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance. Her passion for Spanish Dance has led her in passing her IDB1 (Instructor de Balie 1) in 2016. She is currently reading for Tercer Año Estudiante with the Spanish Dance Society as well as her D.D.I within the Cecchetti Method with the ISTD.
Renee also participates in numerous dance courses on a yearly basis under the tuition of well-renowned dancers/teachers both locally and abroad. Renee has several years of teaching experience both in Ballet and in Spanish Dance. She is currently the Spanish Teacher in various dance studios, as well as the Flamenco Choreography Teacher with the Malta Drama Centre.
During the years she has performed in numerous dance performances including The Sleeping Beauty (2015), A mid-summer’s Night Dream (2014), The Nutcracker (2012) and Don Quixote (2010) amongst others.
We welcome Ms Renee aboard Artemocion Faculty.