On the occasion of the 15th Anniversary the Dance Council Malta is busy preparing for its major theatrical production for 2010. Dance Power 4’Embracing Dance’. This dance event will bring together different European dance cultures to participate in a grand performance at the Mediterranean Conference Centre Valletta, on Saturday the 30th of October at 7.30pm. This is to be held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. George Abela president of Malta, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey and The Danish Embassy.

The guest state dance academies and ballet schools this year are The Hungarian Dance Academy, The Royal Danish Ballet School, and The Turkish State ballet School. With the participation of 15 local dance schools and 4 companies which are; Alison White Dance Studio, Academy of Dance Arts, Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Academy and Dance Arts, Central Academy of Ballet, College of Jazz, Dance Academy, Dance Conservatoire, Dance Project, Incite Motion, Pauleens Dance and Fitness Studio, St Michael for Education, The Dance Workshop, The School of Dance, Pippa Gee dance studio

Companies taking part are: Paul Curmi folk Dancers, in collaboration with Paul Curmi Dance studio, bgbballet, da Dance Company, Dance Council Malta Ensemble

This performance will bring together different pedagogies in dance through the varied programme ranging from the pure classical style, to hip hop and folklore.

Various workshops will be given by the visiting teachers, this will provide a unique opportunity for the dance students to experience intensive sessions with teachers from the famous academies. Four scholarships have been offered to the Dance Council, to be given to three students and a teacher. The student scholarships will be presented after the workshops on Sunday the 31st of October at the Central Academy of Ballet. Students will be chosen by the overseas tutors during the workshops. Teachers need to send their applications into the dance council and must be paid up members to apply. The lucky person will be chosen on Saturday night after the performance, from a draw, so as to make it as fair as possible to the winner. For more information please contact Ms Ingrid Desira Buttigieg on 99455096.

A grand opening will be staged bringing together students from all the dance schools, choreography has been left in the expertise hands of our Honouree President , Ms Tanya Bayona, costumes by Alex Spiteri. Bringing everyone together reflects the unity and harmony which is an important message in today’s un-restful world.

The Dance Council over the past 15 years has been the driving force in promoting dance, encouraging students to focus on dance and its benefits, uniting the various schools on the island, organising workshops and dance classes by top Maltese and foreign artists. Travelling beyond our shores to perform and promote Maltese culture within international gatherings.

This year has been an extremely important year as the council has been working in close relationship with the Arts Council and the Malta qualifications board. At long last dance teachers will have their qualifications accredited and dance schools will now apply to be tuition centres. This is going to bring the standard of teaching to a much higher level. Of course there are the new MA and Ba University courses starting this month, so dance is definitely moving in the right direction.

The Dance Council believes that international interaction is a vital element of development. It is a precious tool for self enrichment and for promotion of harmony through the shared love and beauty of dance.

The Dance Council Malta would like to thank its sponsors, the Preluna Hotel, NGB Bank, Nexos, Digital Magic, the Danish Embassy and The Malta Arts Fund. The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

Booking opens on the 18th of October at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.