Sandrina Spiteri Gonzi
PATRONS | ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
THE PRINCIPAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
SANDRINA SPITERI GONZI
M.A., BA (Hons.) Dance Studies
I.S.T.D, DDI, Cecchetti Ballet
Cert. Rambert Creative Contemporary Dance Grades
Cert. Progressing Ballet Technique
Cert. Acrobatic Arts
Founder, Director Ballet Intensive International (BII).
Sandrina holds a broad international ballet background. Tutored abroad from an early age, Sandrina attended The Peabody Institute (USA), Elmhurst School for Dance (UK), English National Ballet School and London Studio Centre. Sandrina is the only Maltese dancer to have undertaken full-time vocational training abroad at the age of 13 to focus completely on professional ballet. As a dancer she was also selected to attend several international courses, with her most prestigious accomplishment being a place at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden.
Sandrina is a registered teacher with the I.S.T.D and also holds a full membership with The Royal Academy of Dance, London – having studied both methods during her dance training. Sandrina also completed her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique with tutor Callie Roberts at The Urdang Academy in London. In addition, Sandrina is proud to be a certified teacher with the world renowned, Acrobatic Arts in Canada. She believes the programme is an exciting opportunity that allows dancers to develop strength, flexibility, balancing and tumbling skills. The National Ballet Conservatory is proud to be one of just three schools in Malta teaching this prestigious programme. In 2019, Sandrina was invited to attend an intensive week in London at Rambert learning the new work Rambert Creative Contemporary Dance Grades directly from Hannah Kidd and Natalie Dodd. Sandrina is the 1st Maltese teacher to gain qualification with Rambert Dance Company and School in UK.
Sandrina has been teaching since 2013 remains focused on identifying and developing talent in Malta. Her ambition is to enrich the standards of excellence in classical ballet and the Performing Arts by sharing her experiences and the global dance network she forms part of. Sandrina is also the founder and director of Ballet Intensive International (BII), a summer programme which has hosted a number of world-renowned ballet dancers from some of the world’s leading ballet companies.
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The National Ballet Conservatory is a centre of excellence for classical ballet, enabling students to achieve outstanding training in a happy, supportive and professional environment. At The National Ballet Conservatory we are passionate about training and educating young dancers to a high level of technical and artistic skill. We offer a stimulating programme for those aiming to progress to full-time dance training and those aspiring to achieve their personal best. We have collaborated with some of the world’s best artists to ensure that students are mentored by leading professionals and exposed to unique opportunities in The Performing Arts.
DANCE TRAINING & OPPORTUNITIES
The National Ballet Conservatory’s Curriculum is based on a unique, tailor-made model of training that incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools. While the main focus is to equip students with a solid foundation in classical ballet technique, complementary classes are also offered to students in classical Repertoire, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique, Performance Skills, Audition Techniques and Dance Appreciation.
We also offer other classes such as Contemporary, Jazz, Spanish, Acro-Gymnastics and Musical Theatre classes in Drama, Singing and Music. The curriculum includes opportunities to showcase the work of students to local and international audiences. Students have the opportunity to perform annually and take part in international competitions.
Students are prepared for examinations with I.S.T.D, Acrobatic Arts and Trinity College London annually and are regularly assessed and closely monitored in terms of their progress, development and their goal achievements.
EARLY YEARS DIVISION
Age 1 – 4
Age 5 – 9
CONSERVATORY DIVISION – By audition only
Age 10 – 18
Please see full details of our classes below.
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BALLET INTENSIVE INTERNATIONAL
Ballet Intensive International is an Associate programme offered by The National Ballet Conservatory, catered for young male and female dancers from Malta and overseas. Find out more about Ballet Intensive International here
The National Ballet Conservatory is situated in the heart of Malta’s tourist capital, Sliema. Malta offers a wealth of opportunities to enhance cultural and artistic development outside the school curriculum. The immediate area is residential with shopping, restaurants, beaches, English Language schools and day and evening entertainment. Visitors have easy access to host families and hotels and the capital city of Valletta is only a 10-minute ferry ride across from Sliema. Valletta with its vibrant arts community, theatre, art galleries and museums has been named cultural capital and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Enrolment for the 2019/ 2020 is open, please click here to register.