Dance rehearsals for the Notte della Taranta dance troupe have begun in Castrì di Lecce. Taranto-based choreographer Irma Di Paola has been working with the dancers since August 7 to create 10 paintings on the pieces proposed by maestro Dardust that will be performed on August 27 at the concertone on the stage set up in front of the former Convento degli Agostiniani.

The Apulian choreographer, excited and honored by this assignment that strengthens even more the bond with her roots, promised, "past and present, tradition and innovation will come together to ignite the Wonder."

Dance rehearsals began a few days ago in Castrì di Lecce, in the Chassè Dance Center, with the 10 dancers of the Corps de Ballet of the Notte della Taranta, veterans of the extraordinary success recorded at the International Folk Dance Festival and the Mediterranean Games in Algeria: Mihaela Coluccia, Cristina Frassanito, Serena Pellegrino, Lucia Scarabino, Veronica Mele, Stefano Campagna, Andrea Caracuta, Marco Martano, Fabrizio Nigro and Mattia Politi. The Corps de Ballet has been spreading the "pizzica" for years on the stages of national and international tours with engaging choreography on the songs performed by the Popular Orchestra. Thanks to the Workshops, the dancers promote popular dance by spreading the "steps" to everyone who participates before concerts in pizzica stages.

In the rehearsal room and on the Concertone stage, the dancers will dance with six professionals: Serena Pomer, Vittoria Markov, Gabriele Riccio, Alessandro Covarelli, Gabriele Virgilio and Francesco Cariello, assistant to the choreographer.

Serena Pomer this year was chosen as the Backup Dancer for the Flag Handover ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics; Vittoria Markov was a dancer for the UAE Jubilee in the main stage of Expo 2020 in Dubai and the acrobat during the opening night Eurovision 2022; Gabriele Riccio, has studied with leading international choreographers Nick demura, Jun Quemado, Ian Eastwood and is the Founder of Rules Dance Studio school; Alessandro Covarelli, was recently a dancer in the official corps de ballet of Eurovision Song Contest 2022; and Gabriele Virgilio began his career working in Macau in China for Franco Dragone with choreography by Veronica Peparini and from there to follow as a professional for the corps de ballet of Amici, Sanremo, Italian's got Talent, The Voice, Big Brother.

The choreographer's assistant is Francesco Cariello from Salerno. Here he began his studies related to Latin American dances as a teenager, placing them side by side with those related to academic and Urban dances. He continued his studies in Rome, at the Ballet of Rome, perfecting himself in contemporary dance. He begins his artistic collaborations with several contemporary companies, he also interfaces as a dancer in numerous television programs. He collaborates for several artists on the music scene, including Renato Zero, Emma Marrone, Andrea Bocelli, Anna Tatangelo.


16 dancers led by Irma di Paola who will excite with ten paintings the audience that will arrive in Melpignano to attend the final Concertone directed by Dardust scheduled on August 27 and broadcast on Rai 1, September 1 at 11:15 pm.