Scuola internazionale delle Arti e della Cultura italiana

AEF Accademia Europea Firenze

Dance school Italy


Courses held in collaboration with the FLORENCE DANCE CENTER – Art Center for professional training for studying dance.
Artistic Director: Marga Nativo

The Florence Dance Center was founded in 1987 by Marga Nativo in the wake of her experience as former Prima Ballerina Étoile of the Teatro Comunale of Florence, and who, during her long career of international fame collaborated with the greatest choreographers and danced with the most important dancers in the world, and by Keith Ferrone, dancer and choreographer from New York who also has experience in marketing and communication. Together, Marga and Keith have created an “open space” for every type of artistic experience. The Florence Dance Center is located in the heart of the Oltrarno district and with a surface area of 500 m2 and three rooms reserved for dancing, it is a reference point for contemporaneity and contamination among the arts: music, painting, photography, sculpture and prose.

The main goal of the Florence Dance Center is to train amateur and professional artists and all subjects involved in dancing. There is a staff of 22 teachers who share dancing experiences in more than 15 subjects for students aged from 4-5 up to adulthood..
The desire to spread the art of dancing also at an educational level is evident in the successful teaching relationship with the University of Florence and the American Universities with courses especially designed for their students (Dance Abroad Program), as well as an intensive degree program “Bachelors in Arts and Dance”, carried out in collaboration with the European Academy of Florence.

The choreographer has the power and the freedom to represent, through movement, form and music, the ideas that can then become works of art.
But what does it take to become a choreographer? First and foremost, students who want to walk down this path must develop a solid technical base and expand their knowledge of the various dance styles.

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The classical ballet course is designed for students of intermediate or advanced level. The method used is based on the Vaganova technique, enriched with elements of Cecchetti, Bourneville, the Royal Academy of Dance and Balanchine’s neoclassical lesson.

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This course can be considered a true full immersion into the various expressive languages of contemporary dance. The method adopted is mainly the Limon-Cunningham technique; however the European influence is also taken into account in developing this fascinating discipline.

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This course is for beginners and those who already have experience in this spectacular form of dancing. In addition to the movements, the culture and sentiments of flamenco are also taught during the lessons.

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The term Hip Hop not only refers to a dance but also to an actual culture. Originally from Africa, the Hip Hop culture spread to the United States at the end of the seventies through Street Dance as a form of social protest. It then became very widespread, being declined in different styles (Popping, Locking, Hype, New Style, and House) and accompanied by various kinds of music.

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EveryBodyStretch is ideal for “everybody” and for “every body”! It is a method that combines physical exercise with mental wellbeing to help cope with the stress and fatigue of everyday life.

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This course is based on the idea that right from its origins, dance has been an art found in a context of interrelations and interactions with the other art forms.

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For 25 years now, the Florence Dance Festival has represented a focal point of great importance for international dance in Florence. The events of the Festival have been, and are, still held in the most beautiful spots of the city: the Cascine Park, the Roman Amphitheatre of Fiesole, Piazza SS. Annunziata, the Boboli Gardens, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale Michelangelo, and Forte Belvedere, to name just a few. In its numerous editions, the greatest names in the world of dance have been guests at the Festival: Merce Cunningham, Maurice Béjart, Antonio Gades, José Limon, Carolyn Carlson, Trisha Brown, Igor Mossiev, Cristina Hoyos, David Parsons, Stephen Petronio, Boris Eiffman, Pasquale Rioult, Alessandra Ferri, Julio Bocca, Isabelle Gueren, Laurence Hillaire, Marga Nativo, and Carla Fracci as well as the leading companies worldwide. Since 2009 the Festival has been held in the National Bargello Museum: the privilege of being able to exploit such a magnificent courtyard for the performances offers an incredible opportunity of students of the European Academy of Florence. In fact, during the summer courses they are regularly involved in the productions and the unforgettable experience of holding a performance in a single site. What does it take to become a choreographer? How do you learn to give shape to ideas through movement and music? Our workshop is divided into three parts: dance, choreographic design and the final performance. Through this course, students have a complete experience in choreography under the guidance of an expert teacher acclaimed internationally.

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