Tamara Micallef has been dancing from the tender age of five. She was born and raised in Malta, where her dance training in various styles commenced and grew to become her passion.
Her dance roots started in Malta with RAD ballet at Daphne Lungaro School of Dance and continued to Cecchetti ballet at Tanya Bayona Princess Poutiatine School of Ballet and ‘The Dance Workshop’ were she achieved her Advanced Cecchetti ballet with Honours under the direction of Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud.
Her jazz excelled under the direction of Janet Vella, which was rewarded by being given the main role of ‘Snow White’in one of the school’s annual productions.
Tamara has received various awards for her talent in both classical and modern dance.
She has attended various courses both locally and abroad at well known schools such as ‘London Studio Centre’ and ‘The Arts Educational School Tring’, giving her the chance to work with various choreographers and directors. She also formed part of the team ‘Bravi’ a local TV show where 30 students studied and performed for musical theatre over a number of months.
At the age of 17, during ‘Dance Power’ that showcases all the local dance schools, Tamara was invited to attend the ‘Schumann Academy of Dance’ in Sicily. Here she taught RAD ballet as well as trained daily, which helped her expand her experience in contemporary dance at a high level on working with Giusi Santagati.
In 2005 she started her vocational dance training at Kate Simmons Dance Ltd, UK. Here she studied under the direction of Kate Simmons, Gillian Hurst, Sharon Watson, Tracey Baxter, Tracey Moss, and others. After 3 years of training in all styles, from ballet, jazz, spanish,contemporary to singing and more, she achieved her National Diploma in Professional dance, as well as her Certificate in Dance Education, Cecchetti Ballet, Intermediate Tap, IDB1 Spanish Dance teaching, and Advanced Modern.
Tamara also performed with ‘Allegrodance’, the student dance company that toured the North of England, as well as in the annual performances. Her main ballet roles included ‘Hermia’ in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and ‘Katherine’ in the Taming of the Shrew. She also performed in jazz, tap, spanish, musical theatre and contemporary during the shows.
During the three years she was awarded, Best all round dancer, Most Promising Contemporary dancer and 1st place in Senior Choreographic Competition.
Since graduating, Tamara worked as a dancer for Belinda King Creative Productions, dancing in ‘Ray of Light’, a tribute show to Madonna in Portugal and Open Wide Coastal Ltd, in the show ‘Christmas Seaside Special’, before joining Carnival Cruise Lines in 2010 and their professional team in the shows ‘Voila Paris’ and ‘Midnight Express’.
Seeing results and joy in the students makes teaching very rewarding.
Tamara says that the best part about teaching is that she is able to take all she has learnt and experienced from studying and working in the various countries and helping dance students prosper in this disciplined art of dance.