Orsolina28 is a place dedicated to dance and the joy it implies. The dance studios, with wide windows overlooking the vineyards, allow dancers to be in direct contact with nature. The views and light from the passing sun suggests that at any hour dancers are working and learning under the most natural setting. It’s a place dedicated to the connection and return to where we come from, so as to get an utter and deeper awareness of our own self through the study and practice of the art form.
During the academic year the school offers preparatory courses in classical and contemporary dance, Pilates Matwork and Gravity Training System®.
Peter Brandenhoff was born in Denmark and graduated from the Royal Danish Ballet. He danced with the Boston Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet as a soloist. As a guest, he performed with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions, Les Ballets Grandiva, and Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet. His repertoire spanned from the classics of Balanchine, Bournonville and Petipa to the ultra-modern Redha, and he has been part of creating works with Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Val Caniparoli and Yuri Possokhov.
Peter’s passion for teaching was born in 2004 when he helped initiate an outreach trip with San Francisco Ballet to teach in South African townships. In 2008 he joined the faculty at Ballet San Jose School creating a successful boys program there.
His teaching engagements included Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School, San Francisco Ballet School, Oregon Ballet Theater, Lines Ballet, ODC/San Francisco, and Marin Ballet. In 2011, Peter completed his BA from St. Mary’s College, CA and a Fellowship in Administration at Cal Performances in Berkeley. He is also a contributor of articles on technique, music and mime for Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and Dance Studio Life.
Born in Cuba, starts studying ballet in 1962 in the United States with Magda Aunon, National Ballet of Cuba. She pursues her studies under the direction of Oleg Tulipe, Étoile and Danseur Noble of the Ballets Russes and, at the age of 17, she wins a scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet.
Her professional career starts in 1976 with the Cincinnati Ballet, where she works with Alessandra Danilova and Frederic Franklin. She continues dancing professionally till the 1983 with the Tulsa Ballet Theater, directed by Roman Jasinski, Étoile of the Ballets Russes, where she becomes Principal and dances in the major roles of the classic Russian Ballet repertory and the Balanchine’s.
With the Ballet du Nord she specializes afterwards in George Balanchine’s repertory and achieves then the top of her career with the Ballet Royal de Flandre, performing with Robert Denvers in the coreographies of Balanchine, Tudor and Nureyev. In 1990, after moving to Italy, she opens her own school Pro Arte Danza in Penango.
She is coreographer and teacher of ballet. Since 2008 she is directing entire ballets and creates an international cultural exchange with the Virginia School of the Arts (USA), with Bucharest – Romania, the Ft. Lauderdale Ballet (USA) and establishes Alba Dance.
Ballet Intermediate (11 -14 – years)
Tuesday from 5.30 pm to 7 pm
Ballet Intermediate/Advanced (from 14 years)
Monday from 6 pm to 8 pm
Wednesday from 6 pm to 8 pm
Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm
In 1993 starts her ballet studies at the Centro Danze in Casale Monferrato, under the direction of Stefania Zanatta. She regularly continues her studies and perfects with Philippe Pierson. At the age of 18 she moves to Torino to deepen her formation either in classic and contemporary technique at Arkè Danza Torino with Matilde Demarchi and Annagrazia D’Antico. There she studies the Graham, the Horton and the Humphrey techniques, while keeping studying the ballet at the Scuola del Teatro Nuovo.
In 2006 in Torino she meets Leonard Ajkun, who invites her to dance with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York. She gets her degree in technique and didactics at L.U.D.T with the maximum grade.
Since 2010 she approaches the teaching of ballet technique, flanking the director of the school Danzarte in Casale Monferrato. In 2012 she collaborates and dances in the musical Nôtre Dame with the Company Ostinata Passione. The same year she starts studying the Pilates “mat work” technique and trains, by the NINETEEN HUNDRED PILATESANDANCE method, under Matilde Demarchi’s direction.
She presently teaches ballet technique, Pilates and stretching for dancers in various schools.
Primary (5 – 6 years)
Monday from 5 pm to 6 pm
Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm
Ballet Beginners (6 – 10 years)
Monday from 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Wednesday from 5 pm to 6 pm
Ballet Intermediate (11 – 14 years)
Wednesday from 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Friday from 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Giulia D’Antoni began her professional studies at La Scala in Milano and had the opportunity to perform in “The Nutcracker” with the La Scala Ballet Company. After winning a scholarship at the Balletto di Toscana, she continued her classical studies in Vienna and in 2012 she received her diploma from the Vienna State Opera. The following summer she attended a summer school at the Boston Ballet School and started studying at the Martha Graham school in New York. In 2014, after graduating as a Graham dancer, she became a member of Graham II Ensemble. Giulia also holds the Graham Technique Teacher's Degree and is a certified teacher of the American Ballet Theater from Pre-
Primary to Level 3. In recent years, she has had the opportunity to perform with several American companies and has taught at a number of New York schools including the Martha Graham School, Peridance and the Broadway Dance Center.
Contemporary Intermediate (11 – 14 years)
Friday, from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Contemporary Intermediate/ Advanced (from 14 years)
Friday, from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm