Bella Faculty & Staff
Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary
Bella Dance Studio Inc. was opened January 5th, 2009 by director Dani Scarafiotti. Dani started dancing at the age of 6 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She trained extensively in jazz and ballet at Prince Ballet, Inc. At the age of 18 she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where she studied Dance with concentration on choreography at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In 2000 Dani received her BA in Dance from UNLV.
Dani has received extensive training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern and contemporary movement. She has studied under Endelesia Prince, Cathy Roe, Sam Watson, Louis Kavourous, the Erik Hawkins Company, Margot Mink Colbert, Ernesta Corvino, Victoria Dale, and Cathy Allen. She has performed with Prince State Ballet, the UNLV Peforming Ensemble, UNLV Dance Company, Studio 54 and the MGM Grand. She has traveled to Paris, France to perform with the Universal Dance Association and to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Dani has been teaching dance in Durango for the past 15 years. She began her teaching career in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1998. After graduating from UNLV she moved to Durango, Colorado where she began teaching ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical classes in 2002 . Dani has received various awards and recognition for choreography on both regional and national levels. Her students have also received various awards on both the regional and national levels.
Stephen Straub, originally from Syracuse NY, trained at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. He went on to dance with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in works by Balanchine, Bejart, Elo and Kylian. Stephen served on the faculty at the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and has also taught at Boulder Ballet School, CU Boulder and Longmont Dance Theatre. He will attend Fort Lewis College this fall--working on a BA in History--and is super excited to teach at Bella Dance Studio!
BREAKDANCE & HIP HOP
TAP, MUSICAL THEATER,
LYRICAL , TOTS & STARZ
Whitney started dancing when she was 3 years old and has not stopped her happy feet. She grew up at Parker Dance Academy, where she was trained extensively in ballet and tap. She took tap master classes from Professor Robert L Reed, as well as ballet master classes from various artists at the Colorado Ballet and the Denver Ballet Theater, including David Taylor. She participated in her company's rendition of The Nutcracker for 3 years, where she performed as Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, and held a duet title for Marzipan and solo title for Arabian. Her favorite characters she has performed are Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. She moved to Durango in 2010 and began going to the Fort, when she participated in Dance Co-Motion and was a member of Front Row Artistries. Whitney is so excited to be a part of the Bella staff and is looking forward to many season with Bella Dance.
YOUTH BALLET, TOTS & STARZ