Just up off Thefkro Anthia, aka the top road in Ayia Napa is an exemplary Dance and Theatre Academy … Performers is Gemma Costa’s blood, sweat and tears, established in 2010, why ?, because dance and theatre is her passion. It’s a cozy, well laid out studio, with an excellent reputation, absolutely spotless, with a pro ballet barre, mirrors everywhere and a professionally laid sprung pine dance floor, with a pro of 25 years leading the way!
Gemma and her team are fully qualified and equipped to teach the variety of theatrical dance forms offered at the Academy …
Gemma started to dance age 3, at 11 she won a scholarship to go to Arts Education School in Tring, Herts. Once there she won her first role in the Nutcracker with The English National Ballet at The Royal Festival Hall. At age 16 Gemma joined the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre and Arts in London going on to gain her Level 6 in Professional Dance and her ISTD Teaching qualifications.
Joining Gemma are; Emily Yiannitsarou BA Honours in Education and Master’s Degree in Theatre Education, who teaches Ballet, Modern Dance and Acting, Cherilee Richards who looks after the Hip Hop Crew and Nick Plomaritis of the Looney Tunes Breakdance Crew who of course teaches Breakdance. Together they make an absolutely awesome team and between them provide …
Ballet is the technical base for all dance forms. The Academy follows the ISTD syllabus recognised world wide. Children can start from age 3 in the Baby Ballet class ’til 5 introducing the children to the art of Ballet and then after that follow the grades ’til the age of 18, continuing to learn and perfect this elegant form of dance. Adult Ballet 18 ’til 70 allowing adults to go back to basics or finally learn if they didn’t have the opportunity before, and before you say ”age 70” ? well one of Gemma’s students ‘Lynda’ is 70 and can do the splits, and that’s amazing !
Contemporary Dance & Modern Dance
Emily fuses together a blend of Ballet and Modern Dance, keeping most classes small, up to 12 people so you’ll all be able to see all the carefully choreographed moves …
Musical Theatre & Acting
What’s unique about this Academy is that Gemma has worked professionally in theatres in South Africa, and the UK with credits including Fame the Musical added to her CV and has incorporated this into the school, saying that ”having this experience enables me to encourage the children to not only dance but to combine all aspects of performing to help gain drive and confidence to express themselves not only on stage, but in everyday life”
Zumba – by Gemma Costa
Hip Hop – by Cherilee Richards
Breakdance – by Nick Plomaritis of the Looney Tunes Breakdance Crew
Every year Performers Academy attend several events, dancing for the public and then put on end of season dance performances to let their family and friends see how they are doing, as well as the Medieval Parade and the Children’s Festival, they also take part in the Carnival and Flower Festivals and at Christmas it’s Pantomime time, this year’s Panto is Aladdin, oh no it’s not, oh yes it is and I’m going !
Gemma regularly travels to London to keep up to date with standards required for your qualifications. Then every year the Academy fly in judicators from London, England so that their students in Ballet and, or, Modern Dance can take exams in ISTD; Dance Qualifications. When students reach Grade 6, the students can gain UCAS points towards acceptance at University, recognised by OFQUAL imperial society of teachers of dancing.
Shower and Changing facilities are provided and it’s a blend of many nationalities with a family environment here, so naturally you’ll find Family Discounts available and even more if you attend additional dance forms and, or theatre.
Open all year
Monday to Friday; Classes from 8.30 am
For full details and their timetable give Gemma a call or check out their Facebook Page
For more information in Greek please call Emily
You’ll find them at 14 Evagora Street, Ayia Napa, turn right at Hungry Horse follow the road round just before the Christabella Hotel and you’ll see the studio to the right and on the corner !
Performers Academy, Where Talent Grows !