Tanya Bayona is perhaps Malta’s best-known ballet dancer.
Following her early training in Malta, Tanya furthered her dance education in London at the Vacani School of Dancing and later attended full time professional training in classical ballet and the performing arts at the Nesta Brooking Choreographic School in London.
Tanya’s love of performing as a dancer led her to success in various film, TV and stage engagements in England, Scotland and Ireland. She performed with several British Dance companies and appeared in a number of films such as The Intelligence Men, Carry on Henry, The Life of Galileo, and the internationally famous musical Fiddler on the Roof.
However her pioneering spirit and her love of Malta drew her back home, where in 1965 she established the Tanya Ballet Studio and introduced the Cecchetti Method in classical ballet to Malta. The method has now flourished and there are now some twenty ballet schools teaching it.
Her dedicated teaching methods led to the creation of many beautiful and talented dancers, which enabled her to produce and choreograph numerous works for her company, performed in Malta and internationally.
In 1989 Tanya established the Tanya Bayona Dance Theatre Company to explore contemporary dance with a Mediterranean identity and performed at various international festivals in Malta, Tunisia, Italy, Germany and France.