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About Us

THE TEAM

Orsolina28 is being brought to life by the enthusiasm of the Founder Simony Monteiro, passionate lover of the dance, together with the deep professional esteem and mutual vision with Marie-Agnès Gillot, Étoile de l’Opéra de Paris, and Artistic Director of Orsolina28.
The team is strongly supported by Ena Naranjo, Ballet teacher, after travelling and performing around the world, decided finally to settle in Monferrato to teach and educate in the Balanchine style, Laura Edera is the person in charge of the smooth functioning of the site, and last but not least, Barbara Bellino who from the Administration offices supervises and preciously supports the whole.

OUR VALUES

The mission of Orsolina28 is to open up to everyone the access to the dance and to the joy and freedom that dance implies. Orsolina28 believes profoundly that the body is primal material and that everyone is the master of his own body: it is only a matter to listen to it and to properly adress it. Orsolina28 is a place with no boundaries against the contamination of the arts, a place for joy, energy, technique and art.

INTERNATIONALITY

The Dance has no limits, it has no prejudice and speaks an universal language. Any form of expression represents a value and the acquisition of knowledge is a never ending source of development. Therefore Orsolina28 proposes regular monthly masterclasses and workshops with guest teachers of the highest international reputation. On the occasion the students can learn and try the most various disciplines and discover which is the most correct for their inclination and physical expression.

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
Maya Angelou
ORSOLINA 28

Part of the rural buildings have gone through a total intervention and have been enlarged to house the state of the art studios, meant for the dance and the performing arts in general. The spaces have been designed to respect and convey the equilibrium for body, soul and spirit.

To be who you are and become what you are capable of is the only goal worth living.
Alvin Ailey
AILEY STUDIO

Housed at the first floor, the Ailey Studio is enlightened by the impressive windows that allow to dance in direct contact with the nature, the colours, the natural lights and all the suggestions that any hour or season can convey. The studio is 10 by 20 meters and can be divided in two spaces. A mirrored wall runs along the whole length and the studio is equipped with barres of three heights for students of all ages. A vertical piano is at disposal for the musical accompaniment of the classes.
The flooring and carpeting are by Harlequin, the excellence for the performing arts and the dancers’ safety.

Dance is music made visible.
George Balanchine
BALANCHINE STUDIO

The Balanchine Studio lies at the ground floor, together with the locker rooms and restrooms. The studio is 9 by 11 metersand the barres are of three heights for students of all ages. A vertical piano is at disposal for the lessons’ accompaniment. The flooring and carpeting are by Harlequin, the worldwide renowned supplier of floors for dance.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham
THE PHYSICAL TRAINING STUDIO

Close to the school is located a physical training area, capsuled between the studios and the vegetable garden. Here again the contact with nature is guaranteed by the glass wall of the compact space, interely dedicated to GRAVITY® by means of four machines. The lessons can be in group or individual.

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home
Gary Snyder
THE GLAMPING

A full immersion in nature. Everything is organized to experience the aesthetic suggestions that fill every hour of the day.
Comfortable and technological geodesic domes will serve as accommodation within Orsolina28’s area.

Everything you can imagine, music has created it already.
Albert Einstein
THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

The knowledge at its bottom roots in the Roda brothers’ ancient handbook of horticolture: this vegetable garden is the result of the old farming skills mastered by means of the actual techniques. The cultivations, organized within eight terraces facing south, shifts on a four- year base, this aims to get a better structure for the terrain (of the vineyards). The 2500 square meters area produces edible flowers, small fruits and high quality bio vegetables. The shades, the even lines, the colours and the leaves’ textures make almost a garden out of this productive area.
Good and cool, because in the vegetable garden you can walk on a comfortable stone path and a layer of straw, against the superweeds, prevents your feet from the dirty soil. On each terrace’s edge the eye is caught by a border of either classic and unusual herbs, together with multicoloured edible flowers such as Indian Cress, Common Yarrow, Borage and Garden Balsam.