Company Open Classes

ZfinMalta Open Company Classes
Dates: 1 week for every month of the season


Cost: €9 per session / €27.50 week ticket


Time: 10:00–11.15


Venue: ZfinMalta Studios


Led by: Guest artists including ŻfinMalta’s Artistic Director, Paolo Mangiola, and Rehearsal Director, Anna Nowak

ŻfinMalta opens its company classes to local and international professional dance artists. This is a unique opportunity to join the ŻfinMalta dancers during their morning practice, which is always varied and led by international guest teachers. Classes are also open to students who are following vocational and professional training in dance. The minimum age to participate is 18 years.

from 31st Jan – 4th Feb 2022

10:00 – 11:15

Contemporary with Nicola Monaco

Nicola Monaco - ZfinMalta Open Classes

“Through a series of exercises and guided improvisation, the aim of the class is to empty the body from all tensions and invest in discovering the infinite possibilities of articulation of it. A particular attention will be directed to relation between the feet work and the intuitive ability of the body to harmoniously organize itself in the space.”


Nicola Monaco, Guest Teacher, ZfinMalta Company Open Classes


from 10th – 14th January 2022

10:00 – 11:15

Contemporary with Georgia Tegou

ZfinMalta's Open Classes 2021 - 2022 - Georgia photo by Nikolas Louka
photo credit: Nikolas Louka

Georgia Tegou’s highly physical class combines elements of release, floorwork & improvisation playing with extremes of highs and lows, relating to dynamic situations outside the studio and using the memory of those qualities to create movement complexity and fluidity.


“Focusing on body mechanics, coordination and breath we will find a sense of space in the body and recognise the element of “flow”, a term that comes from psychology and has several applications varying from computer science to athletic activities. In the context of dance it would mean finding the balance between our possibilities and the challenge we are given so that the practice gives us pleasure and positive development.”


Georgia Tegou, Guest Teacher, ZfinMalta Company Open Classes


from 15th – 19th November 2021

10:00 – 11:15

Contemporary with Zoe Camilleri

photo credit: Niels Plotard

Maltese- based freelance artist and dancer, Zoe Camilleri will be leading ZfinMalta’s November Company Open Classes:


“The main aim of classes will be to get the dancers’ body and mind ready for the day’s work. The classes are based on release techniques, focusing on the mobility of the joints, with use of space and rhythm. A play between flow and accented movements through both the use of breath and musicality. The phrases will include floorwork and centre practice that are designed to progress in speed and intensity throughout the sessions.”   


Zoe Camilleri, Guest Teacher, ZfinMalta Company Open Classes


from 18th – 22nd October 2021

10:00 – 11:15

Cunningham technique with Paolo Mangiola

ZfinMalta - Paolo Mangiola
photo credit: Matteo Carratoni

ZfinMalta’s Artistic Director, Paolo Mangiola will be leading Open Classes accompanied by a live percussionist, Luke Baldacchino.


“Through the exploration of Cunningham technique and its principles, the dancers will be studying how the body coordinates in space using its levels and various fronts. The class put emphasis on the mobility of the spine and how movement can be generated through challenging coordinations and quick shifts of weight. It is a physical warm up, open only to advances students, semi-professionals and professional dancers.”   


Paolo Mangiola, Artistic Director


Open Class Policy

Here are a few notes to take into consideration in preparation for class etiquette and protocol:


  • Participants must present a valid COVID 19 vaccination certificate on entry.


  • In the interest of safeguarding both your and ZfinMalta’s company dancers’ health, we kindly ask you to wear the face mask throughout the class as well as on entrance and exit of the MCC venue.


  • We would like you to decline from physical contact with ZfinMalta’s company dancers as much as possible.


  • You will be designated an area of the space where you may follow class from


  • Please bring your own water and towel and note that the company cannot currently offer changing rooms and showers.

Latecomers policy:




  • Plan ahead to arrive at the venue at least 10 – 15 mins before class and note that upon entrance you may be asked to fill out a contact form with MCC security and have your temperature taken.


  • We do not encourage latecomers as class is timed to warm up and cool down the body at a suitable pace.


  • If you see that you will arrive to class more than 10 mins late, please refrain from joining class and send an email to: to be compensated with another class free of charge on the next of ZfinMalta’s Open Class of your choice.

Liability clause:



  • Before attending any movement sessions under the umbrella of ZfinMalta’s Education and Participation programme, we require you hand in a signed copy of the below participation form. It can be handed over to the Education Artist in hard copy or sent in soft copy to


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