Dance Master Class brings together a superlative group of international instructors who are devoted to sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts with aspiring dancers and performers. All have enjoyed performance careers and have been associated with many of the greatest dance companies and institutions in the world. Interaction with this celebrated dance and music faculty will encourage personal growth in both technical and artistic areas.
Angela DeMello Founder Dance Master Class – 2016
Born in South Africa, Angela began her ballet training at the age of six. Receiving a scholarship, she traveled to Britain to study at the Royal Ballet School; firstly at the Lower School White Lodge in Richmond Park and then at the Upper School in West London.
Angela graduated to the Royal Ballet Company Covent Garden and was promoted through the ranks to Senior Soloist. In 1991 Ivan Nagy invited her to join the English National Ballet as Principal dancer, there performing roles such as Swanilda in Ronald Hynd’s Coppelia, Bianca in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Snow Queen in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker and many other varied roles in the repertoire. Angela has worked world-renowned choreographers and teachers including, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Dame Ninette De Valois, Sir Peter Wright, Glen Tetley, Rudolf Nureyev, David Bintley, Ben Stevenson, Michael Corder, Wayne Sleep, Mauro Begonzetti, Wayne Eagling, Vincente Nebrada, Derek Deane, Ronald Hynd and Natalia Makarova, and she has danced with Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Dowell, Wall, Sleep, Fonteyn, Sibley, Park, Collier, Mason, Seymour, Guillem and Ferri. Angela performed all the major works in the repertoire, including classics The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, La Bayadere and the modern full-length ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Manon.
Angela appeared as “the dancer” in a docufilm, Secret Lives, which was about the life of Margot Fonteyn. She features in the Royal Ballet videos of Galanteries, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Gloria, and the aforementioned classics. Her created roles include Sons of Horus, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Galanteries, Consort Lessons, The Planets, Fleeting Figures, Xcentricities, Four Seasons, Mayerling, Isadora, and Rhapsody, which was specially choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton to celebrate Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother’s 80th birthday.
After studying for a BSc Honours degree in Sport and Performance Therapy and Psychology she returned to the dance studio. Angela has taught at Reanimates, Urdang and Pineapple Studios in London. She also worked in the wig and wardrobe departments at ENB and toured with Jonathan Miller’s production of Tamerlano for the English Concert in 2001. Since 2002 Angela has been employed in Italy teaching, giving masterclasses and choreographing as well as staging and rehearsing productions of Swan Lakeand Sleeping Beauty.
Mr. Anthony Wright
Co-founder Dance Master Class
Mr. Wright was Angela DeMello’s “partner in crime”, as she liked to say about him when she was presenting Dance Master Class to the pupils that had just arrived in Urbania.
She used to introduce him that way because he actually gave her the strength to begin the project. He always believed in her being successful and liked the idea of dancing surrounded by the beauty of Montefeltro’s area.
During the past editions of Dance Master Class, he was part of the team as a classical dance teacher and helped out with the numerous daily duties.
His dancing career began very early: at the age of ten, after having received an annual scholarship of Dancing to enable training with Louise Browne OBE, FRAD.
At sixteen he began training at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London.
By 1969 until 1971 he worked with many great teachers and choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Jerome Robbins, being part of The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet Touring Company and the Covent Garden.
After retiring from performing in 1982 Mr. Wright (professionally known as Conway), enrolled in the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Course at Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1983 he worked as a dance teacher in Rio de Janeiro in many schools, where he also established an outreach programme for boys at a local orphanage.
On his return to England, Mr. Wright taught for the Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre in York, later becoming a director.
From 1989 to 1997 he was engaged at the London Contemporary Dance School as Ballet Tutor and Lecturer on the degree course.
Invited to Tokyo, Japan, by Showa Academia Musicae, he was responsible for the establishment and administration of a two year “finishing course” to prepare young dancers for entry to professional companies. A pioneering project for Japan in the years 1997-1999.
Since 2000 Mr. Wright has been working in Italy teaching for various schools in region Le Marche and Emilia Romagna; now he’s back in London where he’s still active in working with young people.
Lucilla Follador, Administrator
Born in Valdobbiadene (Treviso, Italy) in 1981, she started to play piano at the age of seven.
After studying at Castelfranco Veneto conservatory, following Vincenzo Vitale’s method, she moved to Bologna where she graduated in 2005 becoming a pianist.
In 2006 she took her degree in music history at “Alma Mater Studiorum” University.
From 2007 to 2013 she has been working as accompanist pianist for dance in Anvers at the KONINKLIJKE BALLETSCHOOL (Belgium).
While there she had the chance to work as a personal assistant to M° Ennio Morricone and M°Placido Domingo while they were touring Belgium and Holland with the Orchestra.
In 2012 and 2013 she has been the piano player for the first and second edition of ”Les Hivernales de la danse” (Dir. Marie Doutrepont) an international Gala of danse in Liege (Belgium).
During the summertime she joins several dance programs, including “International danse week in Belgium”, ”Stage International de la danse” (Bruxelles), “Jeugd en dans”, “Stage della Val di Fiemme” etc.
Since 2010 she has been piano accompanist of DANCE MASTER CLASS, where she upgraded after a couple of years to artistic Director Angela Demello personal assistant, in Italy and Spain.
From September 2013 she has been the pianist for the “ Liceo coreutico” IIS FILELFO, in Tolentino (Macerata), where she plays for classical and contemporaries dance classes.
Completed the degree of “PIANISTA COLLABORATORE PER LA DANZA” (Master) in April 2016 at Conservatorio “A.Casella” in L’Aquila and the Accademia Nazionale di danza di Roma, with good results.
Shaun Holmes, Music Director
Shaun Holmes is a freelance pianist who has played for the Royal Ballet Company, English National Ballet, Michael Clark Company, Rambert Dance Company, Ater Balletto, he has been repetiteur to Natalia Makarova & Dame Alicia Markova and is the longest-serving pianist at London’s Pineapple Dance Studios, playing for teachers including Laura Connor, Ian Knowles, Maggie Paterson & Roland Price. In 2007 he collaborated with Madonna in her directorial debut, the film Filth, and Wisdom, where he selected the music he played & subsequently recorded some of his own compositions for the soundtrack.
He is the Musicians’ Schedule Coordinator for the London Studio Centre, commissioning some 150 classes and rehearsals a week and working closely with Margaret Barbieri.
Shaun was the audition and rehearsal pianist for the Royal National Theatre’s production of Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner & choreographed by Sir Kenneth Macmillan.
He is a regular visitor to Japan where he works with Jacquelin Barrett teacher to the Royal Ballet Company etc.
In 2003 he was commissioned to write a report on the Music Department of the Royal Academy of Dance.
He was honoured in 2005 as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, reflecting his commitment to community work, helping promote the performing arts in Inner London schools.
In the summer of 2018, he will be working with www.dancemasterclass.com in Italy & Spain.
Sara Accettura, Artistic Director
Sara Accettura was born in Bari (Italy), where she trained in ballet and modern dance since the age of 5 and achieved her dance Diplomas (Diploma for a Proficiency Course for dance teachers at I.D.A., Master in choreography at European Dance Alliance of Rome).
She started her dance career, winning several international awards and dancing for different organisations and events until she moved to London to train in contemporary dance at London Contemporary Dance School. In 2007 she graduated with a First Class Degree and after she worked with Diversions Dance Company of Wales as an apprentice, whilst attending a PG in Performance.
From September 2008 has worked as dancer for Cedar Dance Theatre Company, Diciembre Dance Group, Combination Dance Company, Leila Dance, Maddogs Dance Theatre, the British Fashion Awards, Rich Fulcher, the Secret Cinema of London, whilst teaching contemporary technique in England for the Young Saturday Classes at The Place and for the Mortlake School of Dance and ballet classes at The Ballet School of Notting Hill.
In 2009 Sara achieved a Master of Arts in Performance at the London Contemporary Dance School.
In 2011 she moved back to Italy to fund Junior Dance Company Bari the first youth company in the south of Italy, where she works as the artistic director and resident choreographer. Meanwhile, she has thought contemporary dance for Villa Camilla (Bari), Ars (Adelfia), Scarpette Rosa (Molfetta), Coreutica (Giovinazzo), whilst dancing for Lucia Piquero, Yoshua Cienfuegos, Dana Raz, Mavin Khoo.
In 2013 Sara started running “Dance For All” a new collaboration with “Dalla Luna, professionisti per l’autismo” a dance project open to participants of all ages and abilities.
Sara is now an Assistant Lecturer for the School of Performing Arts Dance Studies Department at the University of Malta, co-director of Diciembre Dance Group, a faculty member of the summer school Dance Master Class in Itay and Spain, the artistic director of Junior Dance Company Bari and Malta, and still working as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Vito Iacobellis, Artistic Director
VITO IACOBELLIS won a scholarship for the Academy of “Teatro Nuovo” of Turin, where he trained on the professional dancer’s course and started his working experience with the “Teatro Nuovo di Torino” resident company, directed by Luciana Savignano.
He also studied at the “Centre International de Dance Rossella Hightower” and danced with the “Jeune Ballet de Cannes” company, directed by R.Hightower.
In 1991, the Universal Ballet Company in South Korea invited him as the guest dancer where he became first soloist.
He danced as a soloist with Tulsa Ballet, directed by Marcello Angelini, and as principal dancer also assisting the directors joined Alberta Ballet of Mikko Nissinen and Memphis Ballet touring with many performances in Europe, Japan, Asia, North America.
During his careerVito has worked with many important artistic directors, ballet masters and choreographers including; P.Bortoluzzi, B.Stevenson, R.North, R.Tobias, V.Nebrada, J.Canfield, V.Canniparoli, O.Vinogradov, N.Duato, A.Amodio, B.Telloli, D.Job, V.Dokoudovsky, M.Angelini, M.Nissinen, B.Steivel, R.Hightower, A.Dellas, J.Buttler, J.Jeon, M.Smuin, J.P.Comelin, P.Taylor and A.Demille.
He was also engaged as ballet master and private tutor at the Kirov Academy in Seoul when living in Korea and at the City ballet in Tennessee.
Currently, Vito teaches and directs in several different dance schools where he lives in Italy and is Artistic Director and principal choreographer for the Jakovits Ballet Company.
Nathalie Gaubert–Calabro is currently an international guest ballet teacher at workshops and master classes in Singapore and throughout Italy, France, and the Netherlands –namely Rotterdam Dansacademie, DD3, Utrech and Maastricht universities.
Formerly trained by Marika Bresobrasova in Monte Carlo she danced and studied in several other French cities – Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and Paris to name but a few and also choreographed for TV and theater shows during her extensive career.
Having worked for many years at the prestigious at CODARTS, University of Arts, The Netherlands and Royal Dance Academy in Rotterdam she returned to France in 2013 as ballet teacher and coordinator at “AZUR DANCE ACADEMY ” in Bordeaux where she now heads the pre-professional and postgraduate education program.
Furthermore, she is regularly invited as a reviewer for exams and auditions worldwide and is still a regular guest teacher at CODARTS with the appointment of “Young talent scout for CODARTS”
Her teaching styles are varied and include the “Vaganova” and the “French ” method with her renowned Floor Barre – a physical therapy technique developed to balance the body and restore the “height” of the legs in order to improve musculature and alignment so as to achieve effective and efficient use of the whole body. In this class, she focuses on placement, turnout, and re-education of the body starting with the isometric exercises on the floor.
Her international reputation reports “a very enthusiastic teacher with the ability to facilitate the accurate muscular use of the body and to induce artistic feelings”.
Nathalie Gaubert – Calabro will be joining Dance Master Class in Italy for “Technique Tweak”
NAI moved to New York City in 2005 from Italy. She began her strong and diversified training at her mother’s dance academy in Sicily. From the early age of 7, Nai began her career performing on stage, TV & film and continues to perform as well as choreograph throughout the United States and Europe.
Since moving to NYC, Nai has been dancing and choreographing for DANCE 2XS and many other local companies and artists. She was a soloist for DECADANCETHEATRE, one of the most important American female dance companies in the Hip Hop industry and the Italian Kamutis Dance Company. Other performing credits include TASTE, a female Hip Hop Company, the premiere of the movie “Take the Lead”, NYC Carnival as well as music videos on BET and MTV for Tiffany Evans, TV on the Radio, the Clox and F’N’ MTV.
She was on the faculty at The Pulse Performing Arts and Central Park Dance in Westchester as well as at Arias Dance NYC. She teaches master classes and choreographs for many schools worldwide. Nai’s choreography competes with high success (winner of Dance Educators of America, Starbound Talent Competition, Star Systems Talent Competition, Jump Convention, and many others).Nai teaches workshops around the States and Europe, such as Broadway Dance Center closed classes, the World Dance Movement sponsored by Broadway Dance Center and Tezoro Productions and Dance Without Limits of Prague.
She currently works at Broadway Dance Center for the ISVP Department.
She is an extraordinary teacher, as her training came from a strong Classical and Jazz background, she has the tools and knowledge to break down and explain any style of dance. Nai is extremely caring and giving to her students. Her style is versatile and unique, mixing the smoothness of lyrical jazz with the lines of contemporary and the energy of Hip Hop and street jazz movements.
Through her dance, she is able to capture the strength of woman and men as well. In her class, she promotes a positive attitude, individuality, self-expression, and self-respect for all her students.
K J Clarke–Davis
Kj Clarke-Davis, born in London but based in Glasgow, first started dancing at the age of 17 at a community street dance group. A short while later he moved on to train and dance with hip-hop based company Rebirth Network, regularly touring across the UK and as far as New York performing and teaching. He started his contemporary based training at City and Islington College in 2008, before attending Laban in 2011, and then Middlesex University to complete his studies in 2014. Passionate about learning and sharing the knowledge he did have, he spent a lot of time teaching alongside his studies. As an Artist Bank member he represented and delivered dance for both Sadlers Wells & EastLondon Dance between 2011 and 2013, working on projects such as Big Dance Schools’ Pledge 2012, aswell as various community projects and workshops spanning across north and east London.
After graduating from Middlesex in 2014 he went on to become a company dancer at London’s premier contemporary jazz company Sol Dans Company where he occasional taught company class at Pineapple Studios London, as well as featuring in the work of company choreography Melody Squire. Also in 2014 Kj joined emerging UK choreographer Brian Gillespie’s company B-Hybrid Dance, performing in a number of company pieces, including ‘Breaking Breath’ at Resolution! 2015.
Most recently Kj toured Scotland as a dancer with Glasgow based Barrowland Ballet’s ‘Whiteout’ in the spring of 2015. The show is returning and will be on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. At present Kj is the participation and outreach artist at Barrowland Ballet working under the mentorship of choreographer Natasha Gilmore. Within his role, he has been designing, organising, and delivering community and inclusive workshops and projects across Scotland, as well as leading and delivering work with Barrowland Ballet Youth Company.
Dancer, choreographer, teacher of classical ballet,modern / contemporary dance, Pilates instructor, Reiki master.
After graduating in ballet and modern dance he starts a professional dance study and performing arts at the academy Pierlombardo (Milan), directed by Susanna Beltrami. At the same time he studied with famous international dance teachers such as: Virginie Mécéne, Michael Mao, Paol Taylor, Radu Ciuca ‘, Iraina Chistyakova, George Postelnicu, Carmen Ragghianti, Claudia Zaccari, Dominique Portal,
Steve La Change, Claudia Bosco, Silvio Oddi, Matteo Bittante, Dario Lupinacci, Luigi Guainieri, Nicola Iervasi, Susanna Beltrami, Mavin Khoo etc.
Gianluca is the founder of some international events: IDASC MADRID ; IDEC Malta ; the international dance competition Alto Jonio dance; the Italian International Dance Festival of New York City, where he worked as executive director for the firt four years. In December 2012 and 2013 he went to the New York to organize the competition and the festival Alto Jonio Dance Italy-New York that sees the winner guested in the Italian edition; at the same he works as guest teacher at “Talent Unlimited High School of Performing Arts” in Manhattan.
As agent he worked as representative for ZfinMalta in Italy during the inrternational dance festival “Gravina In Danza” hosting two dancers of the Maltese National dance company, July 2016. From 2011 till 2014 he funded and produced AJD, international dance festival in the south of Italy and New York; among the most important dance companies hosted he had Martha Graham company 2, special guest “Virginie Mecene” artistic director of the company 2 and of the Martha Graham dance school, New York city; Michael Mao (NYC), Paul Taylor (NYC). In 2013 he organized and produced the tour in the south of Italy for the National Ballet Dance Company of Kosovo.
For six years he dances for the AMID dance company and then works with local and international choreographers; the most significant performances: dances for “Stripping Men”, YADA dance company, Malta; dances for the queen Elizabeth II and 52 Heads of States during the opening ceremony of CHOGM, Malta 2015; guest dancer for YADA dance company, Malta 2014/2015: italian debut of the Newyorker company “AntonioFiniDance” Cosenza, 2013; plays the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet directed by Arturo Cannistrà,
Vibo Valentia 2012; dancer for the show “The expedition of the Thousand” produced by the foundation Carime, who sees the extraordinary participation of Attilio Romita, Theater A. Rendano, Cosenza and showed on tv “Rai 1”; dances for the etoile Luciana Savignano, Varallo 2009, choreography Susanna Beltrami.
Among the most important choreographic works: Choreographer for the Maltese Primer Minister in occasion of the national independence day, Malta 2014; Choreographer for the opening of the festival Alto Jonio Dance 2014; choreographer for the students of grade 10 “Talent Unlimited High School of Performing Arts” in Manhattan 2013; assistant choreographer for National Ballet of Kosovo, 2013; choreographer for the Australian artist Ashley Rose Harvey and Antonio Pio Fini a pas de deux during”Alto Jonio Dance Festival”,
Villapiana 2011. He wrote the show “La valigia” staged at the theater ” A. Rendano “of Cosenza 2010.
He works as a teacher and choreographer in many schools throughout Italy and Malta, and takes part as a jury in many competition as a judge. He is organizing IDASC Madrid 2017, International Dancing Spanish Campus Madrid from 10th -16th April 2017 and IDEC Malta
2017, International Dancing English Campus Malta 1st – 7th September 2017. In April 2013 Gianluca graduated in “business of the performing arts” at the University of Calabria, Italy.
Loree Russeau is a leading dance educator, choreographer, judge, syllabus designer & dance industry entrepreneur.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, she is the director and CEO of Dance Theatre USA /DTUSA International Company Youth Programs a New York City based company.
As a world traveler this season she has been a International Maestros Inviados, International Dance Judge, & Guest at Magic World Haskovo, Bulgaria, Bucharest Dance Festival, Bucharest, Romania, La Luna Dance Center, Ancona, Italy, Munich International Ballet, Munich Germany, Panama Summer Dance Festival, Panama City, Dance Master Class in Granada & Seville Spain. Ms Russeau has traveled and presented scholarships this season to dancers in 10 different countries!!
Loree began training in various forms of dance at the age of 5 years old. She started her successful Dance Academy and International Performance Youth Company in the Detroit, Michigan area, and over the years, students under Loree’s direction have been awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to art schools and universities all over the country, including Joffrey Ballet, ABT, Point Park College, Columbia University, Interlochen Arts Academy, Hope College, University of Michigan, Pointe Park University, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Miss America Scholarship Program & the World Famous Radio City Rockettes. Her choreography has been featured in the NBC Miss America Scholarship Program, and one of her students, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, was crowned Miss America in 1988.
Loree was the spirit of the Danny & Betty Hoctor’s Dance Conventions, Stars of Tomorrow, and the Dance Caravan Kids program. She also played a instrumental part in bringing back the Professional Dance Teachers of America program. Loree worked closely with Tony Award Winner, choreographer and director Thommie Walsh, and she has written articles for several dance publications and produced educational dance videos.
Loree continues to arranged cultural exchange programs between artists in the U.S. Europe & South America. These exchanges have included La Luna Dance Center in Ancona, Italy and the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. She has designed concert performances, dance camps for colleges and universities throughout the country.
Loree continues to inspired her students to pursue their dreams of dancing. As a International educator her company Dance Theatre USA International company dancers consisted of young students form 10 different countries including the USA, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Italy, Costa Rica, Russia, England, Scotland. Many of her previous students are showcasing their talents as teachers, choreographers and performers in dance spaces throughout the world. The DTUSA SCHOLARSHIP FUND, INC a non- profit scholarship company has been developed to provide scholarships for dance education, to benefit deserving students who would like to further their education and training in dance, and who may not otherwise be able to afford to continue their education and training in dance.
Loree is currently teaching Classical Jazz, Stretch & Strength, Musical Theatre, Broadway Tap, Children’s Work & Pilates.
Loree continues to share the love of dance with everyone around her.