Con­tin­ued in­ter­na­tional suc­cess for Art­sEx­cel

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Dance school Art­sEx­cel has re­cently en­joyed another wave of suc­cess at two sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tions in Livorno and Bari in Italy, where 24 of its stu­dents com­peted. Among the many ac­co­lades, stu­dents placed first twice, sec­ond, and third twice, as stu­dents were of­fered a schol­ar­ship to the distin­guished Swiss dance school Bal­lettschule Theatre Basel.

Art­sEx­cel, which was founded in 2012, has quickly be­come one of Malta’s most dec­o­rated dance schools, with wins at San Remo, the New Prague Fes­ti­val and MIDCE, as well as var­i­ous schol­ar­ships, in­clud­ing a Cec­chetti Schol­ar­ship. Re­cently, it added var­i­ous medals to its long list, as 24 chil­dren com­peted at Livorno in Danza in Livorno, Italy, and the In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­cal and Con­tem­po­rary Dance Com­pe­ti­tion in Bari, Italy.

“The stu­dents did an amaz­ing job, and we placed First in the Clas­si­cal Group Ju­nior sec­tion, First in the Clas­si­cal Duet Ju­nior sec­tion, Sec­ond in the Baby Con­tem­po­rary cat­e­gory, Third in the Clas­si­cal Baby Group, and Third in the Con­tem­po­rary Solo Ju­niors sec­tion in Livorno. They also achieved the best five in Clas­si­cal for the Ju­nior cat­e­gory and twice got the best 10 in the Ju­nior Clas­si­cal sec­tion in Bari,” says Ms Mar­isha Bon­nici, the artis­tic di­rec­tor at Art­sEx­cel.

Fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, two stu­dents headed to Switzer­land for a week­long schol­ar­ship at the Bal­lettschule Theatre Basel, where they got to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to train vo­ca­tion­ally in dance. They also at­tended work­shops with Julie Wher­lock and Amanda Ben­nett, and watched re­hearsals of the pre­miere Bal­let B/E of Swiss chore­og­ra­pher Joelle Bou­vier.

“Bal­lettschule was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents, and an in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing one, too,” she con­tin­ues. “In fact, they were each of­fered a place at the same school should they wish to re­turn to fur­ther their stud­ies through­out the year.”

Ms Bon­nici, who is the co-part­ner and founder of Art­sEx­cel, trained vo­ca­tion­ally in the UK and be­lieves it is piv­otal that all 160 stu­dents at the school, whose ages range from two-and-a-half to 23 years, should re­ceive as much in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion as pos­si­ble.

“The idea be­hind Art­sEx­cel was to move away from the usual 20 chil­dren in a class­room,” Ms Bon­nici ex­plains. “I was lucky enough to be trained by my mother, Mireille Coleiro, who is also a teacher at the School, and to­gether with the rest of the fac­ulty we sow lit­tle seeds and reap as much as we can to help stu­dents to im­prove.”

ArtEx­cel’s stu­dents are also very ac­tive on the lo­cal scene, hav­ing just per­formed in the DLS Pro­duc­tion of Bel­liegha, which took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Mara which was di­rected by The New Vic­to­ri­ans, and in the Un­di­vided con­cert. Up next, they will be work­ing on their an­nual school show, which will give fam­i­lies, friends and the gen­eral pub­lic the chance to see the school’s hard work in per­son.

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