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RACHEL AXISA - Choreographer/ Dancer  

Rachel trained in classical ballet at the Princess Poutiatine Tanya Bayona Academy of Ballet, Malta. She furthered her training at The Dance Workshop under the direction of Theresa Lungaro Mifsud. She performed in many local productions. In 1998, she started contemporary dance and joined Contact Dance Company in 2003. During the course of her training she was awarded the Modern Dance Award. She has performed at several international venues, festivals and platforms with Contact Dance Company. She is the holder of the first prize for the Choreographic Awards 2005 organised by the Malta Dance Council. She contributes as rehearsal assistant for Contact Dance Company and continues to explore her choreographic ability. She possesses a degree in Pharmacy awarded from the University of Malta in 2005.

 

 

   FRANCESCA VASSALLO  

Francesca trained under the direction of Deborah McNamara School of Ballet, and later at Central Academy of Ballet, in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Spanish Dance. She was awarded many prizes and scholarships during her training and attended various international courses. She has performed a variety of roles in local dance productions. She joined Contact Dance Company in May 2005 and continues to aspire her love for dance by training further into dance related studies and peforming on an international level with Contact Dance Company.

 


FLORINDA CAMILLERI

Florinda put on her dancing shoes at the age of 3 attending the Tanya Bayona Princess Poutiatine Academy. She has trained in several techniqiues, ranging from Classical, Spanish dance, Jazz and Contemporary. At age 14 she was awarded a scholarship at the Tring Summer School in UK, followed by at age 16 a scholarship to the London Studio Centre in UK. She trains in Spanish and Classical Dance under the direction of Deborah McNamara and was invited to join Contact Dance Company in 2006.





YASMINE NUVOLI (Italy);

Born in Italy, Yasmine began dancing at an early age and trained at the Tanya Bayona Poutiatine Academy of Ballet in Classical and Modern dance.  Later training at the College of Jazz and touring with the resident dance company YADA.  She furthered her training at the Dance Workshop and explored her talents into Contemporary Dance.  She has attended and worked in numerous international workshops and performed in various venues,TV, opera, and theatre stage musicals such as "Kiss me Kate", "Puss in Boots", "King and 1",  "Cabaret", "Chicago"and several others.  Yasmine joined Contact Dance Company in June 2004. 


 

ANNA SKOROUT (Poland)

Anna started dancing at an early age at a stage school in Szczecin, Poland. Performing works at various theatres. She has attended several workshops over the years including the established Bytom International Platform in Poland, She came to Malta in 2004 and attended contemporary classes at the Dance workshop. Anna joined the company in 2006 and continues to explore further her raw deliberate style of movement. Anna is also a recognized artist/painter and has held several exhibitions during her stay in Malta.





JEANELLE CASSAR 

Jeanelle Cassar started classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance) at the age of 4 under the direction of Mary Jane Bellia and Ray Mamo and Modern Dance at the College of Jazz, Malta. In 2002, she attended the Royal Academy of Dance Performance courses in London performing under various established choreographers. She joined CDC in 2004 and is currently reading a degree in Bachelor of Engineering Honours whilst she continues to aspire her love for dance. 




 

OLIVIA VELLA

Olivia began her training at the Dance Workshop in Malta, where she studied with Francesca Abela-Tranter. She joined Contact Dance Company as an apprentice in 2003 and became a company dancer in 2004. She graduated from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance with a diploma in Contemporary Dance Performance in 2008. After graduating she undertook an apprenticeship with Smallpetitklein Dance Company. Since January 2009 Olivia has been working as a freelance choreographer and teacher in London, she also started  up a company called Rancidance, and pursued further professional development, in particular her interest for contemporary improvisation methods. Olivia is visiting Malta and has gladly stepped in to perform after Yasmine Nuvoli was injured.

 

 

CHRISTINA CAMILLERI ARAD, LRAD 

Christina trained under the direction of Mary Jane Bellia in Classical Ballet and graduated with a BA(Hons) in ballet education at the Royal Academy of Dance in UK covering a wide range of dance related subjects . In 2005 her teaching experience led her to posts as dance assistant at the Royal Academy of Dance (UK)  and  ‘La Sylphide‘ ballet school in Rome in 2007.  She  has performed both locally and overseas and has a variety of teaching experience,  She was invited to   join Contact Dance Company in October 2009. Christina freelances teaching classical ballet in both RAD and Chechetti methods and jazz at the Dance Academy and The Dance Conservatoire.  She prepares students for dance exams and is specialising in performance of classical ballet and contemporary dance.  As a dancer she forms part of the Dance Council Ensemble and Redtape Dance Company.  Christina continues to explore her abilities as a dancer and choreographer. 

 


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