Wednesday September 12 6:30 pm. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University - 24 West 12th Street, Manhattan, NY. Contact: 212-998-8739, Fax: 212-995-4012. Casa Italiana reserves the right to change the programming without notice. For more information, please visit www.casaitaliananyu.org or call 212-998-8739. Contact: Alessandra Belloni 646-...

Sacred Heart University sophomore Lauren Celentano began a journey last year that took her to places she never imagined, and it’s not over yet. Celentano, a member of SHU’s dance company, left the U.S. in the summer of 2017 for Italy, where she auditioned to compete on that country’s popular talent show, Amici. After eight hard months of work, pass...

Franz Benteler owned a 1701 Stradivarius, and he played for five U.S. presidents — but Aggie DeBartolo made him forget all about his violin. “Benteler said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’ve got a chance to dance with Aggie’ — and he flings this instrument over to my father at the Daley Plaza. He takes off dancing with my mother,” said her son Bill. Mrs. DeBartol...

Thursday August 30 at 8 PM - Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55 Street, New York, NY 10019. Tickets for performance: $35; $20 for students & seniors ($99 tickets include performance and cast party) Reservations: www.danceaward.org Director/producer ANTONIO FINI, native of Calabria and recent guest artist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, anno...

Popstar LP, the Italian-American singer and song-writer Laura Pergolozzi, will be the guest star of the closing concert of the 21st Notte della Taranta music festival, Europe's largest traditional music event, to be held on August 25 in Melpignano, near Lecce. The announcement was made at a press conference in Lecce at the headquarters of lender Ba...

A Toms River teen just finished his first run in a professional production of a beloved Disney film turned theater-musical. Matteo Marretta, 16, a student at Ocean County’s Performing Arts Academy, made his debut professional appearance as Romeo in Disney’s “Newsies” at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal. “Matteo Marretta embodies the dashi...

This is the Italian American Podcast and, in this episode, we’re talking to the very talented singer, dancer, percussionist, director and author, Alessandra Belloni. We talk about really interesting topics focused around some of the Southern Italian tradition of tarantism. “The “bite of the tarantula” was a myth applied to a condition familiar to w...

The 21st edition of 'La Notte della Taranta', a festival dedicated to folk-music traditions of the Salento area in southern Puglia, will open this year on August 2. The event will include over 100 hours of live concerts with 360 artists and 40 concerts of local 'pizzica' music to be held across Salento. The festival's traditional closing concert in...

Internationally celebrated percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni, joined by her performance troupe I Giullari di Piazza, will return June 29 to Cathedral of St. John the Divine (St. James Chapel, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112 st.) for a June 29th, 8 PM, performance of with "TARANTATA - SPIDER DANCE," an ancient healing tradition with Tarantella tr...

Enter: IDACO Festival! Presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center in partnership with The Italian Cultural Institute, IDACO connects Italian and other European choreographers with artists who live in New York City, creating an artistic platform for collaborations that cross-cultural boundaries. In other words? IDACO is all about visual arts, Italy,...