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Company Open Classes with The National Dance Company of Malta: This week of Company Open Classes is led by Zsolt Elek, who bases his Classical Ballet teaching practice on the Vaganova system. Join us from the 5th - 9th February, at 10:00 - 11:15. 5-class package available!

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Ticket sales finished!

Ticket sales for ŻfinMalta National Dance Company: Ballet Open Classes with Elek Zsolt unfortunately have now finished! The last day of this event was on Friday 09-Feb-2024. Ticket sales ended at Friday 09-Feb-2024 12:00.


Every month ŻfinMalta opens its doors to local and international professional dance artists and students following vocational training to join the ŻfinMalta dancers during their morning practice. Led by a cast of venerable local and international guest teachers, classes are varied and challenging and include somatic, contemporary, ballet, and yoga practices. ŻfinMalta company open classes provide a safe and inclusive space for dancers to further develop a professional practice, make connections, and experience life within the national dance company. Classes are open to experienced dancers, as well as those enrolled in vocational training. For more information on our Company Open Classes, head to zfinmalta.org/education-and-participation/open-classes 

 Age: 18+* 

 We consider participation from younger individuals on a case-to-case basis, usually accepting requests from participants pursuing vocational training. Interested participants under the age of 18 may contact martina.d.zammit@zfinmalta.mt in advance of booking their tickets. 


Cost: €10 per session / 5 sessions for €35 (booking fees apply) 


On purchasing the 5-session package for these weeks, we kindly ask you to contact martina.d.zammit@zfinmalta.mt to confirm the dates you'll be attending.     


Participants attending classes must fill out ŻfinMalta Participation form in advance of attendance: https://forms.gle/YqxM9DJTahcZ1uGH9                

Please check out our Class Policy prior to attending classes and for further details. 


5 February - 9 February 2024, 10:00 – 11:15 

Ballet with Zsolt Elek 

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 andchoreogrpahed on them for 3 years.  Zsolt also opened another 2 Classica 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 organized by Belgrade Dance Foundation in Corfu and Belgrade.