Bella Faculty & Staff
Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary
Bella Dance Studio Inc. was opened January 5th, 2009 by Director Dani Scarafiotti-Rosado. 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 since 2002.
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. 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.
Ballet, Creative Dance,
Jazz & Contemporary
Samantha Purdy grew up in beautiful Durango, Colorado and
be-gan dancing at the age of 8. She studied in Durango and performed on a competitive team in the tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and ballet styles. She studied under Frances Rosser Taylor, Toni McClanahan, and mostly Dani Scarafiotti. In 2009 Dani began Bella Dance Studio in Durango, and Samantha and many other girls followed her. There Samantha became engrossed with contemporary and modern styles and attended conventions and competitions all over the western United States. Her team attended conventions such as Nuvo, Jump, The Pulse, NYCDA, Starstruck, Hollywood Vibe, West Coast Dance Explosion, and many more. She won many awards competi-tively and trained vigorously for a total of 11 years.
Upon graduation from high school she decided to remain in
Du-rango, go to school at Fort Lewis College, and teach for Bella Dance Studio. After attending Fort Lewis college for one year and teaching at Bella, she decided to re-invest in her technical training. She was accepted to CSU in 2012 and has worked hand in hand with many professors there: Jane Slusarski- Harris, Chung-fu Chang, Carol Roderick, Sayaka Ruggles, Richard Wacko, Quen Chen, Judy Bejarano, and Lisa Morgan. In 2013, she was
accepted to the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Pre-Professional Pro-gram and studied under Antonio Brown, Tammy Dyke, Erica Pujik, Robert Sutherland, and Linda Kent. Through the program she got to perform excerpts from Rodeo, and a Battleworks piece.She graduated from CSU in December of 2015.
Samantha is back in Durango after spending some time teaching and dancing professionally in Los Angeles. She is excited to work with the students at Bella Dance Studio!
Libby began dancing at Mountain Shadows and Downtown Dance in Great Falls, MT. She attended workshops and summer intensives from master teachers Bruce Stegman and Gus Giordano. Tap and Jazz being her primary focus. In high school and college, she competed nationally as well as regionally on dance teams through the UDA and UPA programs. Her Junior year, the team qualified and competed at ESPN sponsored UCA/UDA annual competition in Orlando, FL placing in the top ten. She attended college in Minnesota where competitions were focused on technical jazz.
Most recently, Libby has taught all levels, children through adults, in Durango at various studios as well as adult fitness classes, Barre and CardioTap. She has attended Dance Teacher Summit, taking classes from master choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Miller & Ben, Anthony Morigerato, and Greg Russell. She continues to dance and learn as much as possible!
Her vision is to share through movement the musicality our bodies create in an environment that suits all levels. Her combined studio/competitive background lends to an understanding of refinement and passion that encourages a love of movement through music.
She has two daughters, Hannah and Britta, who also share her love of dance!
BREAKDANCE & HIP HOP