We most commonly call it pizzica, tarantella but it’s also known as taranta.  It is the hypnotic, mesmerizing music of Salento, in Puglia, with varieties of its dramatic rhythm – and of the dance style that goes with it – popular also in other areas of our South, especially in Campania. While Italophiles and Italians all over the world are familiar...

As foreign outrage mounted over evidence of possible executions and other atrocities by Russian forces in Ukraine, world-renowned ballet dancers from the two countries at war danced together in a performance in Naples to appeal for peace. A Ukrainian ballerina who fled the war in her homeland and a Russian ballerina who quit the Bolshoi Ballet over...

He was born in Naples, Italy, but has become a favorite son of Americans from all ethnic backgrounds. Pasquale Esposito is a pop-opera tenor, a PBS superstar, and a successful recording and touring artist. For more than two decades, he has kept the classic songs of Italy and the nation’s vocal icons relevant and exciting for today’s audiences. The...

Kelliann DeCarlo is coming home in style. The local kid who grew seeing shows at State Theatre New Jersey and even graced its stage through a Plays in the Park program, is returning as a cast member in the production of “Cats” that currently on tour across North America. It has been an incredible journey that has taken DeCarlo from community theate...

Envision a little boy, named Angelo, walking into the local theater of a little town in Northern Italy. His mom is there with him, holding hands while watching other kids dancing. The successful story of Angelo Greco, Principal Dancer at the San Francisco Ballet, could have continued as many other stories we hear about ballet dancers. This is diffe...

Milford. The Greater Milford Italian-American Association is hosting its first annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at St. Patrick’s Community Hall, 111 East High St., Milford. The night will include dinner and dessert, live swing music, and dance music by our local DJ. There will be a prize for the best-dressed c...

Date: From Thursday, February 10, 2022 to Sunday, February 13, 2022 - Organized by : Tulsa Ballet In collaboration with : Consulate General of Italy in Houston and IIC Los Angeles - Entrance : With fee The Corleone family and their rival mob families will pull you into their captivating world full of drama, passion, and even a little humor for a pe...

It may be a cliché, but many still believe it. They call it the American Dream and the US is in fact the goal destination for many young students, artists, musicians or dancers pursuing their boldest ambitions. Riccardo Passera, an eighteen-year-old dancer from Milan is one of them. My friendship with Riccardo began at Les Galipettes nursery school...

Somerset native Greta Pontarelli now has 10 world titles for pole art after winning the Pole Art Italy World Championship. The 70-year-old athlete captivated the crowd with her original choreography for "The Alchemist." Pole art is an acrobatics routine that includes a pole. The athletes tell a story with their choreography. "'The Alchemist' is a s...

The contemporary Italian dance company Artemis Danza will perform “Dante Solo Inferno” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Instituto Cervantes theater in Chicago. In this choreographic interpretation of Dante’s classic poem, the audience encounters the lost souls who crossed path with Dante on his otherworldly journey. The soundtrack alternates between orig...