Students Christmas Show 2015
This past Saturday, December 19, 2015, we had the privilege to join teachers, parents, and loyal supporters for a students’ Christmas show at Casa Mia the legendary home of the Academy of Dance Princess Grace. These young talented artists choreographed and danced in their own Monaco’s Got Talent show, specially created for the holiday season, that marks the end of the academic year.
The celebrated members of the jury were: Benedetta as Beneyonce, Nicole as Nicolette Kidman, Giovanni as Gio Bieber and no other than Iacopo as Iacopo Baryshnikov.
- The little rats of the Opera by Rebekah, with dancers Yuria, Seoyon, Yein, Luca F., Keigo and Shale
- The Swaggers by Sofie & Anais, with dancers: Greta, Lisa, Sofie, Anais Marco, Luca A., Wictor and Jaat
- The Contorsionist choreographed and performed by Yuka
- Christmas Bells by Beatrice and Katrin
- Complexions by Shuai and Wictor, with dancers: Marina, Minji, Youngseo, Mei, Gustavo, Mikhael and Luca A.
- Final, a dance extravaganza with the participation of all the students.
At the end of the show we invited the students to pose together for a souvenir group photo with Luca Masala, Director of the Academy, and the teachers. Then the students inviting the guests to enjoy a friendly cocktail around their Christmas tree, while they sang Christmas Carols all our way downstairs. It was a magic experience!
A prestigious dance academy with a soul
Each year around 40 to 50 dancers from all over the world join this prestigious advanced training at the Academy of Dance Princess Grace, under the direction of Luca Masala. During 4 years, students from 14 to 18 years old take courses in classical, contemporary and character dance, as well as courses in composition, Pilates, music and dance history. In parallel the dancers follow a normal school instruction by mail and the foreign students take language courses. It costs approximately Euro 15,000 for the tuition of each student, and as some of them cannot afford it the Academy relies on donations to offset the cost.
The objective of the Academy is also for the students to learn to live together, away from their country of origin and their families, thanks to the help of professional teachers and staff who are really caring human beings. “The Academy is not only a dance school, it is a school of life that will help the students integrate in a universe that is not easy. Because to dance is not a job, it is a real way of life!” affirms Luca Masala.
Luca scouts talented young dancers all over the world by attending reputable contests and selecting the most talented youngsters. Not an easy task as most academies compete for the same gifted dancers. The students of the Academy work very hard in friendly ambiance and learn the trade that will enable them one day to make their dream come true. Since its creation the Academy has trained several generations of dancers, who at the end of their courses join renowned international dance companies.
“No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.” Anna Pavlova