Born and trained in Malta at the Tanya Bayona Academy later specializing in Contemporary Dance and Choreography from the London Contemporary Dance School. Since 1981 she has taught, choreographed and mentored extensively for several dance institutions locally and internationally, covering a diverse dance practice spectrum developing strong, athletic, versatile dancers through rigorous training and mentoring.
A pioneer in implementing the study of professional contemporary dance in Malta which is her legacy. She continues to develop her work within a Mediterranean context through practice. In 1998 she founded Contact Dance Company (CDC) a vehicle to promote her own choreographic research creating for CDC as well as independent commissions, producing various dance and interdisciplinary performances including opera whilst investigating new ideas and developing a wide network of collaborations with local and international artists.
2001 she founded Dance Hybrid Malta, an annual intensive dance programme creating hybridity introducing an array of dance techniques to the island through international dance artists and composers of repute.
2011 she formed Dance on the Move, a weekly platform of master classes hosting a rotation of celebrated international teachers for further training. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Performance Dance Studies from the University of Malta in 2012.
Her choreographic work traveled to high profile theaters and festivals across Europe and North Africa. Recent commissions ‘50,000’ (2016), ŻfinMalta; A Bark and a Meow (2015), MIAF, Kantilena (2015); Iż-Żmien (2014) ŻfinMalta Erbgha; La Dvina Commedia (2018), Diaspora (2017) Maltese Presidency Council European Union, 2017 nomination Premju tal- Arti best production/ popular choice.
Francesca’s current research investigates the Legacy of Contemporary Dance in Malta, a chronological study of events that impacted and influenced changes towards contemporary styles.
Assistant lecturer at dance studies department since 2010 teaching practical Contemporary dance techniques, Foundations of Choreography, & Dance Devising theory/practice. Curating the UOMSPA dance outreach programme The Evening Space, rehearsal director Moveo Dance Company, since 2014 artistic programmer for Malta International Arts Festival developing and challenging audiences, creating dance residency collaborations culminating to performing experiences, inclusion and the pursuit of Maltese identity within a Mediterranean context.