Daniele Di Felice
Training for Dancers
Daniele Di Felice, originally from Caserta, Italy, started his professional studies in dance in 2014 at the Opus Ballet in Florence. In 2016 he moved to New York to be part of the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center, where he graduated in 2018. In the same year Daniele started his collaboration as a dancer with Baira Movement Philosophy company, moving for a short period in Detroit (USA). He is also apprentice with Annabella Lenzu/Dance Drama company. Daniele performed in different venues in New York with choreographies by LajaMartin and Rannva Niclasen. In 2019 he was selected for the 18th edition of Springboard Danse Montreal in Canada where he performed choreographies by Jason Mabana and RUBBERBANDance Group. In July 2020, Daniele took part at the first edition of ArenaSpartacus Festival (Italy) with the solo PICTURES created by LAJAMARTIN. In 2021 he worked with different choreographers such as Johannes Wieland and WangRamirez and he performed at the Monte Carlo Gala Planetary Health, in Monaco. As teacher, Daniele also taught floorwork at Gibney Dance in New York in 2019 and at ADT in Villafranca di Verona in 2020. In 2021 he taught different online and in person workshops in schools such as PopUp Dance studio (Berlin), Alonzo King Lines Ballet (San Francisco, USA), EMIA 2021 (New York City), Tanzhalle (Berlin), Profitraining Leipzig and Tanzfabrik (Berlin).
The class is based on the different ways each one of us approaches the floor and the full expression of our body’s physicality. The first part consists of a brief conditioning and strengthening warm up; I usually give some time for a guided improvisation so the dancers can explore their body and the way to move following simple and easy rules that can help and suggest new ideas to better go through space. From basic and simple movements across the floor, to get the body used to, we move into more difficult and tricky moves, using the power of MOMENTUM, fundamental especially in this part, and working towards and against gravity. My goal is to make sure the dancers have fun and to also break the barriers we always put on ourselves, to go beyond what we are used or comfortable to do on a daily basis and to explore and discover new ways to move and express ourselves.