Making it in the arts can be challenging, particularly in Malta, but ballet dancers trained in the Cecchetti method may be one step closer to making that dream a reality with a new competition launching in Malta.
The first edition of the Tanya Bayona Award (named in honour of the woman who established the Cecchetti style in Malta) will take place this Sunday 7th October at The Dance Workshop, and will feature the talent of 17 male and female students between the ages of 15 and 20.
Flying in to judge the competition, Ms Anita Young (a former soloist of the Royal Ballet), will be awarding the top dancer a prize of €1,100 which can be used to continue their training in Cecchetti’s style of ballet.
To clinch the top prize, dancers will first participate in a class conducted by Dorian Mallia, followed by a short classical solo to really show off what they can do.
The event will see students from seven different Maltese dance schools compete, and was set up in collaboration with the Cecchetti Society Faculty, London and the Cecchetti Competition Organisers. Apart from hoping to see the event become a staple on Malta’s cultural calendar in future, the organisers are also honoured to have Ms Anita Young be the adjudicator for the award.