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Come to Malta for the 2018 International Summer School!!

Posted by / December 26, 2017 / Categories: updates / -

Come to Malta for the 2018 International Summer School!

Sun, sea and sand… and sweat? Malta is well known for its “sun, sea and sand”, its heritage and cultural environment gives it its uniqueness in Europe. With over 300 sunny days in a year and surrounded by the Mediterranean “blue” Sea the island is a popular tourist destination. Yes of course there is also the golden sand but not as one imagines: long stretch of sandy beach… eliminate the “long stretch” but good enough to have a couple of beaches spread out around the islands. The word “sweat” may not be pleasant, but where does it fit in? In actual fact, during the summer season in Malta it can be sweltering hot, however, that is beside the point.

It’s wonderful news! The Russian Ballet Society have agreed that the 2 week intensive 2018 International Summer School will be held in Malta. The course will consist of 5 dance classes along with 2 hours of rehearsals per day leading up to an evening performance at the end of the 2 week stay. So yes dears… by the end of the day, sweating is inevitable!

The course will be held simultaneously at 2 ballet studios and the air-conditioned workspace belongs to Olivia Dow School of Russian Ballet in Naxxar, whilst the evening performance will be held at Sir Temi Zammit Theatre at the University of Malta in Msida. Accommodation throughout the 2 weeks has been booked at the University Residence in Lija, situated on extensive private grounds with a communal pool. There is much more to this sunspot than sun, sea and sand… there certainly is no shortage of fun or things to do in Malta.

The beauty of the Maltese long summer days till late evening is the variety of time well spent, whether at an early morning visit to the open market; tasting a delicious local cuisine in a quaint alley; or a late night out at a village feast. With roughly 28 miles long by 8 miles wide (excluding its sister islands: Gozo and Comino) Malta is small enough to travel around so wherever you wish to go to, it doesn’t take long to reach your destination. One of the best ways to get acquainted with the Maltese Islands is by sightseeing on the” hop on – hop off” open top buses. So what are you waiting for? Come join in! Or if you prefer, it’s the perfect combination of the two together into a wonderful family trip: some will sweat… and some will bathe under the “sun, sea and sand”!!! For more info email: [email protected]

Horro Scope – Olivia Dow’s 2017 performance

Posted by / September 13, 2017 / Categories: updates / -
HURRY UP! Or you will miss the train! ALL ABOARD! Off to a new start in the 1920’s. The mansion has been abandoned way long before World War I broke out even birds have found it as their nesting home, but there is something rather eerie about the place…
This year we had the pleasure of including Mr Robert Hampton in our ballet production who is residing here in Malta after having accepted Ms Olivia’s invitation to join the ballet school.  All the student performers have worked hard and showed so much progress in their technique, so keen to participate.
Act I was based on the short storyline and the costumes were depicting the 1920’s except for the part of the birds… a variety of colours and feathers!  The opening of this Act had the Seniors coming down the aisle of the auditorium miming along the way to catch the train.
Act II had a mixture of repertoire and character dance with the opening number of Mother Gigogne and the little ones suddenly appearing from under the gigantic dress to the surprise of the audience… and ending the Act with a musical number from The Tales of Hoffman which inevitably made the audience laugh… perfect just what the students needed!

More Legat Teachers for Olivia Dow

Posted by / September 12, 2011 / Categories: updates / -

Another two Senior ballet teachers have just graduated in the Russian Classical Ballet – Legat System at the Olivia Dow School of Russian Ballet, in Naxxar. The annual ballet examinations for the ballet school were held last November, 2011 attended by the ballet examiner for Malta, Mr. Robert Hampton, appointed by the Russian Ballet Society in Edinburgh. Marianna Dogum and Althea Corlett are seen here with the said appointed examiner along with some of the Senior students chosen for the Classical and Demi-Character solo dance numbers.
The principal of the ballet school, Ms. Olivia Dow, has been assisted for some years by her two Senior teachers Jessica Farrugia and Martina Zammit and were later joined by another colleague, Ilona Attard, who had fully qualified in October 2010.

In October 2009, Ms. Dow was proud to add 3 more Soloists to the list of achievements. The Senior students – Rowenna Pullicino, Martina Zammit and Colette Caruana are seen here with Mr. Robert Hampton in their Demi-Character costumes.

Thank you Junior News and Ms Olivia Dow!

Posted by / August 1, 2011 / Categories: updates / -

Dear Ms Dow and Junior News,

Thank you so much for giving me the chance to win tickets to “Kitchen Royale”! Watching this ballet was a wonderful experience and I, together with my family, enjoyed it tremendously! Throughout, my feet were tingling as it made me feel like dancing and made me look forward greatly to continuing my own ballet training next term!
Well done Ms Dow, to you and all your dancers!

Well done too for Junior News, Junior News team!

Mattea Coppini