Zsolt Elek: Ballet Intensive for 11-15 year olds

ŻfinMalta National Dance Company Ballet Intensive Elek Zsolt
11-15 years


Sunday 4th February


ŻfinMalta Studios, Valletta



ŻfinMalta Dance Intensives are curated as themed experiences, focusing on a particular movement technique, and exposing participants to commissioned guest teachers who contribute to company dancers’ training. Intensives are best experienced in their entirety through package offers, however drop-in sessions are also up for grabs for a taster of the whole experience. 


This February, ŻfinMalta is hosting the first dance intensive of 2024. ŻfinMalta has the pleasure of hosting Zsolt Elek on our shores, who, apart from leading Company Open Classes, will lead a 2.5 Ballet Intensive, including a ballet class and repertoire training session for participants from 11 years old.




Zsolt leads sessions with participants from 11 – 15 years old through a ballet class followed by a repertoire session accompanied by a live pianist.  


Exceptional participants may be rewarded a scholarship/discount for the Ballet Grand Prix in Vienna in July 2024 as well as the Bologna Ballet Competition 2024.  All intensive participants will benefit from a participation certificate.

About Zsolt Elek


Born in 1971 in Hungary, Zsolt studied at the Hungarian Dance Academy as classical ballet dancer from1983 to 1991.  He started his career as a ballet dancer in the ballet company of the Hungarian State Opera House and from 1993 to 1996 he was a ballet dancer at the Wiener Volksoper – Austria.  In 1997 he moved to Italy, where he soon became a solo dancer with the Astra Roma Ballet company (1997-2000) and then with Balleto di Roma.  During his years in Italy he was a founding member and teacher at Centro Culturale Danza.  


After 2001 he returned to Hungary, where he gained an insight into the world of television as an editor-reporter for TV2 television.  In 2005, he joined the choir of the Győr National Theatre and worked as a ballet master at the Győr School of Dance and Fine Arts, and since 2012 as the school’s head of practical training. In 2008 he founded the Classical Ballet School in Komarno – Slovakia where he created choreographic work too.  There he also collaborated with the young theatre company and choreographed on them for three years.  Zsolt also opened another two Classical Ballet Schools in the Slovakia. In 2013 he graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy with a Master of Arts (MA) in Classical Ballet.



Since 2016 he has been Ballet Master at the Ballettakademie der Wiener Staatsoper and has represented the Academy as a jury member at several ballet competitions. Zsolt has taught ballet courses as a guest ballet master for the Miskolc Ballet and Győr Ballet.  As a guest ballet master he participated in the summer course in Piran- Slovenia, Sibiu-Romania, Pančevo-Serbia, and in ballet courses organised by Belgrade Dance Foundation in Corfu and Belgrade.

Dates & Times: 


Sunday 4th February 2024:

Ballet class for 11 – 15 year olds /  10:30 – 11:45

Repertoire for 11 – 15 year olds / 12:00 – 13:00






50€ (full 3 hour intensive)


Before attending any movement sessions under the umbrella of ZfinMalta’s Education and Participation programme, we require you hand in a signed copy of our participation form.  Check out ŻfinMalta’s Class Policy for a few notes and tips in preparation for class etiquette and protocol and to access ŻfinMalta’s participation form.  The form can be handed over to a ŻfinMalta staff member or representative in hard copy or sent in soft copy to martina.d.zammit@zfinmalta.mt 


For updates and information on the ŻfinMalta Class Schedule: Classes – ŻfinMalta (zfinmalta.org) 



For further information and to discuss the ŻfinMalta Artist in Residence programme, please contact our Education & Outreach Officer, Martina Zammit on martina.d.zammit@zfinmalta.mt