APPLAUSE FOR DARON GALEA BUSUTTIL

Daron Galea Busuttil had started dancing at the age of six at the Alison White Dance School. At sixteen, he transferred to the College of Dance under the guidance of Felix Busuttil – who’s now his husband – and Justin Roy Barker.

A year later, he was asked to join The YADA Dance Company, and is now the main guest choreographer and assistant director to Felix. He’s won numerous awards, namely the College’s yearly scholarships and an international scholarship at the Kledi Kadiu Dance School in Rome. He’s portrayed main roles in many of YADA’s performances, including Moulin Rouge, MCC 2005 and Divas MFCC 2014.

He’s also choreographed for the company and has performed internationally at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, US and in many European cities. He now forms part of the teaching faculty at the College and is co-director of The YADA Academies in Gozo and Tarxien.

 

Date of Birth: 21st April, 1976

Location: Santa Venera

Star Sign: Taurus

Media-related occupation: Dancer / Choreographer

 

At what point in your life did you realise you had a talent for dance and when did you start taking it seriously?

I noticed from the moment I had started dancing. I have a passion and I’m in love with it. I’m also married to it, and I believe that not giving your 100% to this art form is saying that it’s not your profession. Certainly not a hobby, neither work. It is my life.

What’s your general perception of the local dance field?

Dance has certainly taken huge leaps on the islands, and I believe dancers like Felix have elevated dance to another level in the last few decades. I believe all companies should be assisted by public funding, and there should be absolutely no discrimination towards aspiring companies or indeed established ones. There are numerous fantastic male and female dancers on the island in all genres, and this must be celebrated.

When you’re not dancing, what do you do that gives you equal pleasure?

Watching concerts and watching others dance especially in shows abroad. I love Broadway in NYC and the West End scene in London. I also love listening to music and watching TV, and I cannot but mention the incomparable experiences of travel. And yes, I like to unwind with a glass of wine and some bebbux.

 

Daron captured by Kris Micallef

 

Do you feel you have enough space to spread your artistic wings in Malta?

Not enough. Malta is limited, but the resources and the training one can receive on the island phenomenal. We certainly need modernised and well-equipped stages. The ones in Malta need revamping! I wish there were more experiences of dance productions of all sorts that one can watch and be inspired by.

In Malta, it is now possible for same-sex couples to adopt kids.  What are your views with regards to this matter?

Felix and I had tried adopting kids. We’d love to adopt a child, male or female! It makes absolutely no difference to us. The problem is that the countries available to adopt from are mostly Eastern European, and these are very prejudiced against same-sex couples marrying, let alone adopt. We should have more options such as kids from Africa, Asia and South America. Giving an unwanted child the chance for an education and shelter with an abundance of love will bring about nothing but good will.