Principal - Jazz & Acro Dance Teacher
As a child, Kristina Ann Schranz trained for eleven years as a gymnast in Toronto, Canada, where she worked towards Olympic standards. On returning to Malta in 1990, she joined the College of Jazz and The YADA Dance Company. Along with her performances and experience in various locations across Europe, she built a vast repertoire of choreography and performances for numerous shows and productions including: Straight Street, Footloose, the prestigious COGHM for Her Majesty the Queen and, more & recently the 25th Anniversary of YADA. In 2002, Kristina was awarded a scholarship at the London Studio Centre where she trained in all aspects of dance and theatre after which she was contracted as a main dancer and assistant choreographer for the Hollywood blockbuster movie Troy. She has also choreographed various shows including a local production of Fame and several Christmas pantomimes with MADC.
In 2007, Kristina founded her own school - Dance Project Studios. This school, which has attained and continues to maintain the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 international certification, aims to achieve the highest quality standards in performing arts whilst providing individual attention for students utilising the latest teaching techniques. With a top team of specialists, an extensive portfolio of class options is offered including Ballet (ISTD Cecchetti, Legat System and PBT), Jazz (ISTD Modern Theatre, Jazz Modern and Jazz Lyrical), Commercial (Hip Hop and Urban Fusion), Acro Dance (Acrobatic Arts), Spanish (SDS), Modern Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre (Drama, Vocal and Musical Theatre Dance). In 2008, Dance Project Company was formed which includes a pool of over twenty talented dancers who have since performed in an array of shows. Major performances include: Bay Music Awards, Fashion Awards, Goodyear Tire Launch, the Reebok Fashion Show for Roger Sanchez, and Isle of MTV. Dance Project Company provides artists with the opportunity to improve their performance by means of private instruction and choreographies to various genres of music. Kristina has worked with several artists including Kristina Casolani, Muxu, Christabelle, Davinia and Gaia Cauchi.
Continuously striving for excellence, Kristina puts her heart and soul into Dance Project Studios with each performance and every project and production undertaken.
Hip Hop, Jazz & Musical Theatre Teacher
Leanne Vella’s journey as a dancer started at a very young age. She attained a diploma in Jazz Dance, as well as her Intermediate qualifications in Classical Ballet and ISTD Modern Theatre. Leanne has attended Hip Hop workshops in Malta, Cambridge and London.
Over the years Leanne has performed in and choreographed for many dance shows directed by Dance Project Studios, The College of Jazz and Yada Dance Company including Monochrome, Christus, Dirty Dancing, Michael Jackson Forever, Rio and City Beats to mention a few.
As a BA Tourism Studies student at the University of Malta, Leanne conducted a study regarding the elements required for Malta to become a significant destination of dance education and successfully achieved her BA (Hons) in 2010. She has also obtained her MA in Creativity and Innovation which has truly broadened her perspective as a dance teacher and choreographer.
In 2012 Leanne formed part of the Dance Project Malta contingent that participated in the ESDU Dance Star Tour 2012 held in Croatia for which the company received 4th place. In 2015 Leanne had the opportunity to participate as a choreographer in the MIDCE dance competition winning the team 1st place and a full group scholarship to Italy. Leanne also competed choreographically for the MIF dance competition in 2016 attaining first place for Junior and Senior categories, and 1st place for Teens category in 2017. Furthermore, her choreographic entries placed first in the Junior and second in the Teens categories with the Dance Project Studios 2018 entries for MIF dance competition.
Ballet & Spanish Dance Teacher
Amanda Ellul Bonici started her Classical and Spanish training at a young age at the Deborah McNamara School of Dance. She then furthered her studies at the Central Academy of Ballet.
Mandy’s dance experience also includes Contemporary dance, which she learnt in one of the several courses she attended overseas. In order to further her dance career, Mandy pursued vocational training at the Kate Simmons School of Dance in Cheshire, UK. During her time overseas, Mandy obtained teaching qualifications in both Classical and Spanish Dance and formed part of the Allegro Dance Touring Company. Mandy’s qualifications also include a National Diploma in Performance Arts at Trinity College, as well as Tumble Tots leader and movement classes.
Mandy has been teaching Cecchetti Ballet for several years with a very high success rate of Distinction results with Dance Project Studios' students.
Mandy is excited to be tutoring the students of Dance Project Studios in their forthcoming Cecchetti Ballet examinations.
Acro Dance Teacher
Sabrina Wingfield started gymnastics at a very young age under the direction of coach Mr Chun. During her training, she competed in national competitions in which she obtained high scorings.
Since obtaining her gymnastic coaching qualification, Sabrina has been coaching for several years, with a particular focus on coaching students at competition level. Sabrina enjoys choreographing routines and performances that focus on artistic floor.
As a dancer, Sabrina has trained in Latin, Jazz and Hip Hop which has led her to take part in international music videos for French Affair, Cosmic Gate and Ringo. She also took part in the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing dancer with Fabrizio Faniello.
Sabrina is very excited to develop students with Acrobatic Arts skills at Dance Project Studios and to submit students for Acrobatic Arts examinations accordinlgy.
Ballet Legat System Teacher
Robert Hampton was born in London and started Ballet aged 3 at the Kathleen Hughes School of Dancing. He went on to train at the Legat School of Classical Ballet, in Mark Cross, under the tuition of Madam Bartell for 7 years graduating in 1979.
From then on, Robert joined The Scottish Ballet Company and at the young age of 23 he was promoted to Principal Dancer staring in all the classical ballets such as: Romeo and Juliet; Swan Lake; Sleeping Beauty; The Nutcracker and La Sylphide.
Robert took part in a number of neo-classical works and had several ballet choreographies created for him. Robert remained with The Scottish Ballet for 20 years and guested with a number of companies during his time there.
After retiring from professional dancing in 2001 Robert was asked by Madam Bartell to join the Russian Ballet Society as an examiner traveling worldwide. He was later given the title of Artistic Director, working closely with Madam Bartell organising Exam sessions for the many schools who belong to the society including Summer Schools and various other activities for the society. For the last 20 years Robert has also been teaching the Legat System of Dance to the new generation of young dancers in the UK and other countries.
Robert is looking forward to delivering classes in Legat System at Dance Project Studios in preparation for their Legat examinations.
Jazz, Ballet & Commercial Teacher
Mattea Taliana began her dance training at a very young age. Her dance career includes Hip Hop, Cecchetti Ballet, ISTD Modern Theatre, Lyrical and Funk. She is very proud to have been awarded several scholarships from Mediterraneo Dance Festival, Italy, as well as achieving a 1st place in the World Dance Masters, Croatia. Mattea forms part of the Dance Project Studios’ Senior Company.
Mattea has worked as a dancer for the Eurovision Song Contest and, more recently, as a dancer in a Bollywood film 'Bharat'.
Mattea joined the Dance Project Studios’ Teaching Faculty as a summer school assistant in 2016 and is excited to continue to grow as a teacher.
Tap, Jazz & Ballet Teacher
Born and raised in Canada, Cassandra Straub has been based in Malta for the past 3 years where she has recently graduated from the University of Malta with a BA in Dance Studies. Her dance background includes styles such as ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and tap. Through the various performances she had participated in as a dancer, teacher and choreographer in Canada she had discovered her deeper interest in choreography, specifically for contemporary dance. She now continues in the dance field as a teacher for the voluntary organisation Step Up for Parkinson's, teaching and choreographing for the Junior Dance Company of Malta, undertaking freelance projects as a dancer and choreographer, and most recently through passing on her dance experiences and knowledge to the students of Dance Project Studios.
Jazz & Commercial Teacher
Francesca Griscti has recently read for a Masters in Applied Neuropsychology from the University of Bristol.>
She began dancing at the age of 4, starting with Ballet and eventually moving on to Jazz ISTD, Jazz Modern, Jazz Lyrical and Hip Hop, completing a number of exams respectively.
Having previously worked as an LSE and following a number of years teaching at Dance Project, Francesca is ecstatic to be back at Dance Project for yet another year to create more memories with all the students and teachers.
Modern Contemporary Teacher
Gaby Davies, freelance dance artist and yoga instructor, mainly trained in Malta, the UK, & India and is often described as a quirky & dynamic mover and choreographer. She began her dance training in classical ballet, and later drew her focus towards contemporary dance which led her to complete a BA in Dance Studies at the University of Malta (2015). Her choreographic excellence, led her to be scouted and offered a position to progress her studies overseas in the UK, where she graduated with a Masters in Choreography and Professional Practices at the University of Chichester (2016). She later went on to complete a Dance Apprenticeship at Play Practice, India (2018).
She has had the opportunity to train and work under the direction of Mavin Khoo, Abhilash Ningappa, Victoria Fox, Anton Lachky, Francesca Tranter, Yael Flexer, Oded Ronen, Athanasia Kanellopoulou, Yoshua Cienfuegos, Lucia Piquero and Dorian Mallia, amongst others, works of whom she performed in Malta, Spain, UK and India.
She has choreographed works for ZfinMalta, Moveo Dance Company, Malta International Arts Festival (2021), Abril en Danza (Spain), Sanskar Festival (India), UoM Dance Tour, Play Practice (India), Estancias Coreográficas (Spain), Notte Bianca, Zugraga Dance Organisation, Diciembre Dance Group, Junior Dance Company, DSA Conference and Malta Arts Festival Fringe (TabulaRasa). She has performed & presented work in venues around Malta, Holland, UK, Spain, Italy and India. As of November 2021 she will be engaging with Martz Contemporary Dance Company which resides in Barcelona, Spain.
Gaby is looking forward to passing on her modern contemporary knowledge to students at Dance Project Studios.