Get your morning moving in a class with the ŻfinMalta company dancers and one of our expert guest teachers. Once a month for a week or more, local and international professional dance artists are invited to join the company’s morning practice. Techniques explored are ballet, contemporary, and somatic practice. Classes are suitable for young dancers and established practitioners alike. ŻfinMalta provides an open and inclusive space where participants can further develop their professional practice, make connections, and experience life inside Malta’s National Dance Company.
This week of Company Open Classes is led by Zsolt Elek, who bases his Classical Ballet teaching practice on the Vaganova system.
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 3 years. Zsolt also opened another 2 Classical Ballet Schools in the city. 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.
€35 Weekly package (5 classes)
*booking fee applies