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®.
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
Alessia Gay started studying dance very early, and in 1999, she was admitted to the Dance School of the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan where she trained under Vera Karpenko. In 2001, she joined the John Cranko-¬Schule in Stuttgart, where she graduated in 2004 under the guidance of Galina Solovieva.
In June 2007, she joined the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, then led by Carla Fracci. She was immediately assigned Soloist and Prima Ballerina roles, including the pas de deux of the Bluebird and the Diamond Fairy in ” The Sleeping Beauty “, Gamzatti and the First Shadow in ” La Bayadère”, Clara in ” The Nutcracker “, the Pas de Trois, the Polish Princess and the Four Cygnets in “Swan Lake”, the Sugar Plum Fairy in Luc Bouy’s “The Nutcracker”, the Peasant Pas de Deux in “Giselle”, in Carla Fracci and Patrice Bart’s version.
In October 2009, Alessia made her debut in the lead role of “La Sylphide”, together with Thomas Lund, Principal Dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, and in 2011 she was selected to perform “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux” with étoile Giuseppe Picone.
During the following seasons, under the guidance of Micha Van Hoecke, Alessia made her debut in some of the major roles of the classical repertoire: Kitri in Mikhail Messerer’s “Don Quixote”, Swanilda in Roland Petit’s “Coppelia”, Odette-Odile in Patrice Bart’s “Swan Lake”, Aurora in Paul Chalmer’s “Sleeping Beauty”, Cinderella in Derek Deane’s ballet by the same name, and Clara in Amedeo Amodio’s “The Nutcracker”. Under Eleonora Abbagnato’s direction, Alessia was appointed Soloist and continued to appear in classical and neoclassical roles, such as the “The Great Gig in the Sky” pas de deux, from Roland Petit’s “Pink Floyd Ballet”, the Peasant pas de deux in Patricia Ruanne’s “Giselle”, the Russian Girl in Balanchine’s “Serenade” , the first variation in the Divertissement from Act III of “Raymonda” and the Second Shadow in Rudolf Nureyev’s “La Bayadere”, as well as many more.
She was awarded the 2012 Danza & Danza Prize as best emerging performer, the 2014 Premio Roma Jia Ruskaja and the 2016 EuropainDanza Award, for her role as Swanilda in Roland Petit’s “Coppelia”.
In recent years, in addition to her stage activity, Alessia has started to hold classical technique, pointe work and repertoire classes.
Pasquale Tafuri, originally from the Campania region, completed part of his dance training under the director of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Tony Ferrante.
His artistic passion developed further while attending an advanced diploma course at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where his knowledge and experience deepened, both thanks to his teachers’ work and his strong determination, enabling him to acquire crucial elements for his artistic career. Before even graduating, he was hired for corps de ballet and solo roles in works from the classical, neoclassical, character and contemporary repertoires.
In 2010, in addition to his dance work, he also started to teach. He obtained a scholarship for artistic merit from the French Ministry of Cultural Heritage, allowing him to attend the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin-Paris, where he was awarded the State Diploma of Professeur de danse classique “République Française”. During this intense academic period, he explored subjects such as technical, musical and psychomotor processes, anatomy, psycho-pedagogy, educational guidance, musical listening and psychoanalysis.
With his qualifications, together with his experience and expertise, he started a new career as a teaching tutor, teaching in several professional dance schools and academies, including the M.A.S. Music Art and Show art school and the MoMa Studios 1 in Milan.
He has also worked as an external examiner at several schools and training centres and has taught ballet, floor-barre, pas de deux and ensemble choreography. He has held masterclasses, workshops and internships in Italy, and has been invited to take part in the jury of several competitions and events across Italy.
As a teacher of the classical technique, dance propaedeutics and the psycho-pedagogical issues of early childhood, he works with Maestro Ludmill Cakalli in developing CONI-certified training programmes for dance teachers.
Experience, motivation and technical expertise are just a few of the features that define his work