Summer = Performances and Renewal

After an exciting and productive academic year, summer is now in full-swing with all it has to offer!

I kicked off my summer teaching MT Reinforced Motor Function® for students of all ages at Orizzonte Danza in Schio, Italy, directed by Ornella Pegoraro. It was an awesome week of learning where participants learned about the methodology of MT RMF®, experienced tap dance for the first time with the excellent Silvia Ferraris (Alessandria, Italy) and had another out-of-body experience in modern-jazz with the beloved Angelo Monaco (Nice, France). Four intense, hot and humid days concluded with an evening sharing for family and friends.

Jumping ahead to current action! If you're in the US, you can't miss the 26th annual "New York Dance Festival - Refuel Your Soul!" happening now in historic downtown Auburn, NY.  Stop in to catch an amazing class! Then, this Friday, July 21st the Festival will conclude with a special concert "A Day in Dance" at the Exchange Street Plaza at 7pm (details HERE). If you're anywhere near the Finger Lakes region of NY, this is an event not to miss! Oh yeah, and if you're not there - get there! Former student in the professional training program at Orizzonte Danza, Gloria Calesella, is there having the time of her life - crossing an ocean for a lifetime of memories!

NYDF Producer, Sean McLeod, teaching McLeod Technique® at the 26th New York Dance Festival

NYDF Producer, Sean McLeod, teaching McLeod Technique® at the 26th New York Dance Festival

If instead you are in Italy, I'd invite you to see "yours truly" perform in GruppoEtra's latest production, "Guernica - storia di un massacro e di un dipinto". The idea for the production came from filmographer, Demetrio Antonello, and the film was co-created with Stefania Mattiello. Teaming up with choreographer, Michela Negro, this artistic team has created a unique production that has dancers from GruppoEtra weaving in and out of projected images, enriched with poetry, recitation and music, to tell the story of a dark moment in human history as depicted by Pablo Picasso. This rendition will be presented at Giardini della Biblioteca, via G. Marconi, 81, Altavilla Vicentina (VI) at 9:15pm. In case of rain the performance will be held inside the library. Entrance is free and open to the public.

For those in or near England, the Basingstoke Academy of Dancing, directed by Tanya Schipelbaum, will hold the 9th annual Moving Experience concert at the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke, UK. The performance will be held this Saturday, July 22nd at 8pm. Ticket info at

Look out for more dance events to come, mixed in with some great fun in the sun!

FOLLIE per Alida in Villafranca di Verona and a special...

This past weekend was an explosion of emotions as Compagnia Kronos dancers Barbara Canal, Eleonora Pasin, Valentina Mantese, Claudia Mantese and Lorienne Beals performed as part of the production of FOLLIE per Alida - directed by Luca Giacomelli Ferrarini and Cristian Ruiz to honor Luca's parents and in particular his mother, Alida Ferrarini. The performance commemorated the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of the theatre in Villafranca di Verona in Alida Ferrarini's namesake after her passing in 2013. Luca and Cristian partnered to pull together a team of top-notch artists presenting a diverse collection of musical tributes from Alida's most famous operatic roles to honoring musicians we've lost such as Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson, to mashups of Broadway greats and medleys of contemporary hits. Three lovely singers (Elisa, Natascia and Marina), three impeccable musicians (Antonio, Marcello and Antonio), and a savvy technical team (Simone, Alessandro, Ornella, Franco, Mariano, Delilah, and too many others to name!) rounded out the production, which now has plans to tour. 

Sweaty but satisfied - cast of Follie per Alida

Sweaty but satisfied - cast of Follie per Alida

Stay tuned to be able to catch an upcoming performance! Follow news on the production's Facebook page and learn more about the artists Luca Giacomelli Ferrarini and Cristian Ruiz. Learn more and follow news from Compagnia Kronos, directed by Ornella Pegoraro.

The occasion had extra-special meaning as the performance on Sunday, December 4, coincided with the 50th birthday of Lorienne's most influential teacher, mentor, and friend/chosen family member, Sean McLeod. It was a fantastic way to celebrate Sean's role in this meaningful and significant performance on such an important day in Sean's life.


Thank you for all that you are and all that you have done and continue to do, for me personally, and for the world of dance. Happiest Birthday wishes to you, and many more!!!

With much love,

Photo credit:  Riccardo Panozzo

Photo credit: Riccardo Panozzo

First certification course in Italy completed!

Last Saturday, participants joined McLeod Technique expert, Lorienne Beals, for the first McLeod Technique Reinforced Motor Function® certification course - Level 1. Participants ranged in ages and backgrounds, from those with more than 20 years of experience in dance education to those just launching their careers. It was a great opportunity to share, discuss, and gain deeper understanding of McLeod Technique principles and personal experiences.

We talked, laughed, studied, experimented, corrected, adjusted, asked questions and had a lot of fun!

On behalf of the New York Institute of Dance and Education, a big round of applause, hugs and congratulations to all the participants!


THIS SUNDAY 2nd McLeod Technique Class and Laboratory!

We kicked off the first encounter on October 9th, and now are prepared for the second session of McLeod Technique Modern® followed by a choreographic laboratory. It's not too late to participate! See the graphic below for course details, or email me today!

McLeod Technique Founder comes to Italy!

Saturday, November 12, International Producer and Choreographer, Sean McLeod, will lead a training course for those interested in learning to teach McLeod Technique Reinforced Motor Function®. This is the first course of its kind in Italy and will prepare participants with a deep understanding of the elements required for the first level of certification in the technique. Limited to a small number of participants, the course foresees 4 hours of hands-on application to immediately put theory into practice.

Where: Stage Door dance school, via Paraiso, 36, Schio, Italy
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9am-1pm
How: Contact Lorienne Beals at

Registration closes today, October 30, 2016, so if you haven't reserved your spot yet and are interested, NOW is the time!

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