Diane Portelli - Director / Dancer / Resident Choreographer
Diane started her training at the age of three at Tanya Bayona Princess Poutiatine Academy of Ballet where for many years she trained classical ballet, modern, contemporary and flamenco. Following this, she furthered her training at The Dance Workshop, where she is currently a part time teacher and Choreographer. She was awarded the Luisello award for Spanish Dance and the Duke of Ellington award for Modern Dance. She then furthered her training in Pavia for a year. Diane has attended various courses both locally and abroad, last international workshops were with renowned dance companies; Random Dance Company, Ultima Vez and Hofesh Shechter Company amongst others. She participated in the World Championships for Performing Arts in Hollywood, together with two other dancers, where they won two gold medals under the direction of Janet Vella. She has performed in various international festivals including Portugal, Hong Kong, Tunisia, Washington and Brussels. She is one of the choreographers in the creation of Kirana that has been touring internationally for the past 2 years. Diane obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce at University of Malta as well as her DDE qualifications in modern theatre. In 2013 she started working with Moveo Dance Company as a dancer, choreographer and now director, and has performed in numerous productions with the company, both in Malta as well as overseas. In 2017 she held the lead role for Moveo’s contemporary rendition of Carmen. In 2018, together with Dorian Mallia, she was awarded the “Artist of the Year” award in the first ever Premju Ghal-Arti Awards in Malta. This year her work, From Malta with Love, was selected by Valletta 2018 to premier at the Malta International Arts Fesrtival.