A CHAT WITH ANTHEA ZAMMIT

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Date of Birth: 24th May, 1994

Where do you live? Haż-Żebbug

Status: In a relationship

Star Sign: Gemini

Main occupation: Student

Media-related occupation: Dancer

 

Anthea Zammit started ballet at the age of 3 under the tutelage of Ms Olivia Dow at the Olivia Dow School of Russian Ballet. She was awarded the John Baldacchino Memorial Scholarship in 2007, 2009 and 2011 for obtaining the highest mark in her Ballet Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced exams. She is presently qualified in primary, junior and intermediate ballet teaching, and is currently working towards her last teaching exam in October 2015 in order to become fully graduated in Russian ballet teaching with a Masters in this field.

Anthea joined Dance Project in 2007 where, under the tutelage of Ms Kristina Ann Schranz and Mr Dorian Mallia, she continued to excel in ballet, contemporary, ISTD jazz, lyrical jazz and commercial jazz.

In 2008, Anthea auditioned for The Crown of Russian Ballet, a company from Moscow, and was selected to dance on both performance nights of their production of The Nutcracker. In July 2012, American dancer and choreographer Megan Lawson awarded Anthea with a scholarship in contemporary dance. In March 2015, Anthea competed in the Malta International Dance Competition with a solo entry in the modern category and in the groups category for Hip Hop, where she was placed second and first respectively. Together with the rest of the Dance Project Senior Company, she was awarded a scholarship to study in Naples. Anthea has performed locally at the Malta Music Awards, Bay Music Awards, Malta Fashion Awards, Indipendenza, The Malta Eurovision Song Contest and was one of four dancers selected to perform during the Isle of MTV in 2013.

In April 2015, Anthea won the first edition of Malta Eurovision Young Dancers and represented Malta in the Czech Republic, where she achieved incredible results. She has been invited to dance in Slovenia in January 2016 and in Canada the following March.

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Tell us about your journey in becoming a dancer.

If I’m completely honest, it was my neighbour Stephanie who was my major influence in dance when I was younger. She’s a couple of years older than I am and we would always play together, and she would show me some ballet moves every day. I would then go home and show my mother what I had learnt, and try to imitate dancers on television. That was when my mum decided that I should go to ballet lessons. Since then, dance has always been the most important part of my life, and I’ve never looked back.

 

Aside from dancing, what other things do you cherish in life?

I really enjoy spending time with my grandparents. I really admire them for being so full of energy, and time with them just flies by. They are such a big part of my life and I honestly cherish every minute that I spend with them.

 

What are your major causes of stress?

Like many students, examinations are my major cause of stress. However, if I ever disagree with someone at any point of my day about even the smallest and silliest of issues, I have a tendency to keep thinking and worrying about it until I am certain that everything is okay, so I would say that this is a trait in my character that causes quite a lot of stress within me.

 

What is your most treasured possession, and why?

Growing up, I had this tendency to always go through the drawer where my mum kept all the photos from our childhood, and every time I would choose my favourite photos and I eventually made my own photo album. It contains our baby pictures, family photos and so many other pictures that bring back incredible childhood memories that always make me smile. It’s definitely an item that I always carry around in my handbags.

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