Ilona Baldacchino was appointed as Opening Doors’ Artistic Director in June 2019. Dance and disability is an area that Ilona has been exploring and researching over these past seven years. She has been actively involved with Opening Doors for six years, beginning as a volunteer and progressing to assistant dance tutor. A Psychology graduate, Ilona completed a Masters degree in Performance Studies (Dance) with the University of Malta. Her academic research on dance with people with learning disabilities was shared with distinguished experts during several dance studies conferences held at the Universities of Roehampton (UK), Dortmund (Germany) and Malta.
Being an Advanced Senior Teacher in Russian Ballet (Legat System), Ilona has been teaching for the past 10 years in various dance schools in Malta.