A Contemporary Ballet

THE NUTCRACKER NYC

 

TAMARA SAARI began dancing over twenty years ago in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, and since then she has performed throughout the United States and Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance at San Diego State University where she was awarded Outstanding Graduate of the Year in 2003. Ms. Saari was honored again by the university when she received Alumna of the Year in dance in 2011. Ms. Saari has worked with various artists on both east and west coasts including Allyson Green Dance, Patricia Sandback and Dancers, San Diego Alumni Dance Group, Beth Soll and Dancers, Kathryn Wilkening and WNZ Showtime. Ms. Saari has shown work at the Silk City Arts Festival, Celebrate Dance Festival, Merce Cunningham Studios, the Flea Theater, the Hudson Guild Theater, various Peridance-Capezio Center events, youTurn Contemporary Arts Exhibition and The San Diego International Fringe Festival. Her recent work “____ed by you.” received a second place award at Jean Isaacs Choreographers Showcase in San Diego 2013. Ms. Saari is the founder/director of Connecticut Dance Center in Stamford (www.ctdancecenter.com).  Ms. Saari also directs her contemporary dance company in New York City, where she resides.(www.tamarasaaridance.com)

Giada Ferrone and Tamara Saari came together as artists.  Stayed together as friends.  And work together like family.

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Artistic Director GIADA FERRONE

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Production Director TAMARA SAARI

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GIADA FERRONE (www.ferronedancehub.com) graduated with a BA in Dance from Suny Empire State College and is one of the first professional dancers to graduate from Marga Nativo’s training program at the Florence Dance Center in Italy and was one of the founding members of the Florence Dance Company. Her professional debut was with the company first ever performance in 1988, at the age of 14. Ferrone believes in cultural exchange, artistic expression and dance as essential tools in the health of adults and the development of children.


Ferrone has worked as a performer, educator, choreographer and producer in New York City since 1998. She was Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University where she taught ballet technique for seven years. She has worked for the notable Eliot Feld Public School for Dance and Ballet Tech, teaching company class and technique for students 6th through 12th grade. Ferrone created a curriculum-based ballet program for children ages 8 through 18, which she ran at the Peridance Center for over 10 years.  The majority of her students continue their dance education in prestigious institutions and universities such as ABT, Purchase University, Marymount Manhattan College, NYU, Harvard, and Columbia. An international master teacher with an extensive background as ballet mistress, she guest teaches in festivals and universities across Europe: most recently at Balettakademien in Sweden and SEAD in Austria.


Ferrone’s choreography has been presented at Saint Mark’s Church, Purchase, the Construction Company, Theatre of the Riverside Church, Hofstra University, Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center, the Manhattan Movement Arts Center, the Aldous Theater, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Florence Dance Festival and the Mugello Dance Experience. She created, choreographed and directed THE NUTCRACKER, A Contemporary Ballet, which performs every Christmas season. Ferrone produces dance and music performances in both the US and Europe and is the founder and artistic director of Toscana Dance Hub, a three-week dance and music intensive in Florence, Italy. She proudly supports the growth and development of performing artists as ambassadors of peace through art.


Ferrone has taught ballet and partnering at NYU Tisch School of The Arts since 2008. She has been a full-time member of the Faculty at NYU since 2013 and is currently serving as Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company co-director.