Whether your idea of dance is as a spectator or participant here are some alluring opportunities:
World Cup of Folklore, May 16-20, Venice Featuring folkdance competitors from around the world.
Ravenna Festival, June 5 – July 16, Ravenna Performances include: Martha Graham Company Shine! A dance inspired by the psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd Hamburg Ballet with John Neumeier Les étoiles International Dance Gala with Jacopo Tissi (Teatro Bolshoi di Mosca), Bakhtiyar Adamzhan (Teatro dell’Opera di Astana), Tatiana Melnik (Hungarian State Opera), Dorothée Gilbert (Opéra di Parigi), Sergio Bernal Alonso (Ballet Nacional de España)
International L'Aquila Tango Marathon, June 14-16, Abruzzo Three days of Dancing, lessons for beginners and expert dancers and much fun!
Festival dei Due Mondi, June 28 – July 14, Umbria Festival featuring music, dance, theatre, visual arts and opera
World Dance Movement Festival July 7-28th, Puglia Including performances and competitions in dance and aerial arts, opportunities for classes with Master level teachers and audition opportunities for performers.
BustoFolk Festival, September 12-15, Lombardia Featuring music, dance and culture of the Irish, Breton and Scottish tradition.
Insider Tip: Stay in a Palace
With only twenty rooms this 5-star luxury hotel offers privacy with a taste of Matera's past. The former palace of the Gattini family, the hotel offers large suites with modern touches, a roof-top garden terrace for weddings and other events, and multiple dining choices. Housed in cisterns and caves carved into the stone, the world class spa offers unique 'float tank therapy' and wellness treatments, evoking ancient noble baths. For a true step back into history with modern opulence, Palazzo Gattini awaits.
Did You Know... Italy has a number of 'ghostly' places to visit. In Matera, the town of Craco was long abandoned but has become a destination location for many movie sets. Lake Resia submerged the town of Graun, leaving only the haunting remains of the church tower as a reminder. Bussana Vecchia was destroyed by an earthquake and abandoned, before an artist community came in. Read more at our blog