IŻFEN ma’ ŻfinMalta – 7-17 years!

Wednesdays – Fridays throughout January 2024


18:30 at ŻfinMalta Studios!

In addition to our Monday and Tuesday evening classes, January 2024 brings three new evening classes specially dedicated to children and young people between 7 – 17 years old. Led by ŻfinMalta company dancers Keith Micallef, Amber Van Veen and Pearl Calleja, the classes encourage young participants to channel their energy into dance through creativity and imagination. No previous dance experience is required, and individuals from all backgrounds and all levels of fitness and flexibility are invited to participate. 

Times: 18:30 – 20:00


Age: 7 – 17


Cost: €12 per session / monthly package for €40 (4 sessions)


ŻfinMalta Studios, Valletta
ŻfinMalta Izfen ma ŻfinMalta 7 17 Kids

For those with no previous dance experience, this special Iżfen ma’ ŻfinMalta series provides an active introduction to movement, while participants with an established relationship with dance can experience new perspectives and approaches to more complex and abstract ideas. 


Experience the transformational power of dance and get moving with ŻfinMalta on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings in January 2024 as part of our 7 – 17 year-old Iżfen ma’ ŻfinMalta Special, led by ŻfinMalta company dancers. These fun and accessible classes address our fundamental human need to move. 


Participants attending classes must fill out ŻfinMalta’s participation form in advance of attendance: Only one form needs to be filled out per participant, for the season. Please check out our class policy prior to attending classes and for further details.


3, 10, 17, 24 January

7-9 year old sessions led by Pearl Calleja

“In these classes we will focus on expressing ourselves creatively and freely through guided movement-based tasks. The session aims at encouraging each participant to discover their individual way of moving, ending the day with a burst of creativity and imagination!” 


Pearl Calleja was born in Malta in 2002. She started dance at the age of five and has since trained in classical ballet, contemporary, and Spanish dance and graduated from Seed Dance Studios in 2019. She furthered her studies in contemporary at Dance Arts Faculty in Rome. Pearl was also nominated for the Young Artist of the Year Award in the 2022 edition of Premju għall-Arti. She joined ŻfinMalta as an apprentice in 2020 and as a company dancer in 2021. 


Bookings for Pearl’s classes can be made at: pearlcalleja@gmail.com

Location: ŻfinMalta Studios 

Pearl Calleja Company Dancer ŻfinMalta National Dance Company Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)


4, 11, 18, 25 January

10-13 year old classes led by Amber Van Veen

“Unlock the joy of moving! Discover new ways of moving and find your unique style. Master the art of creating and become the choreographer yourself. Set your imagination free and take it out dancing!” 


Amber’s classes allow creativity to take centre stage, and participants learn how to make decisions following their own path on this choreographic journey. 


Meet Amber van Veen, a 24-year-old dancer born in Amsterdam. Her dance journey started at the Dutch National Ballet Academy and culminated at Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. After a year of training with Ballet Flanders she found her place in Malta with ŻfinMalta, where she is happily dancing for almost 5 years. In these years she has experienced and learned a lot about choreography and is happy to pass her knowledge to young movers in the Iżfen classes. 


Bookings for Amber’s classes can be made at: bamberina@hotmail.com

Location: ŻfinMalta Studios 

Amber Van Veen ŻfinMalta company dancer Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)


5, 12, 19, 26 January

14-17 year old classes led by Keith Micallef

Keith will teach a class focusing on developing movement skills and patterns through crossings, floor-based material and standing elements. This will be done through fun and challenging, explosive patterns or strength building exercises. He’s also at least 85% guaranteed to have a cat design on his T shirt for the sessions. Come and join in the fun! 


Keith Micallef trained locally, and joined ZfinMalta in 2014, and has worked with international choreographers including Paolo Mangiola, José Agudo, Jacopo Godani, Roy Assaf and Emanuel Gat. 


Bookings for Keith’s classes can be made at: keith@ghalliem.net

Location: ŻfinMalta Studios 

Keith Micallef ŻfinMalta company dancer Photo: Kurt Paris (http://www.kurtparis.com)

Policy and Participation

Fill in our Participation form in advance of attending the session


*Only one form needs to be filled out per participant, for Iżfen ma’ ŻfinMalta 2023 – 2024 programme. (September 2023 – July 2024)

Check out our Class Policy for details on getting to the location and preparing for sessions.


For further adult sessions held under the Izfen ma’ ZfinMalta programme: https://www.zfinmalta.org/education-and-participation/dance-with-us/


For further opportunities to participate: https://www.zfinmalta.org/events


For further information on ZfinMalta’s Education and Participation programmes and to discuss the ŻfinMalta’s Artist Development programme, please contact our Education & Outreach Officer, Martina Zammit on martina.d.zammit@zfinmalta.mt