Dance companies in Florence

Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Danza
Via San Romano 13
Tel: 055 655 7435

This avant-garde dance company is directed and choreographed by dancer Virgilio Sieni and is one of the few dance companies in Florence to have gained international fame. More often than not, performances feature artistic collaborations with instrumentalists, composers and designers. The company regularly features at the Teatro Goldoni.

Florence Dance Cultural Centre
Borgo della Stella 23r
Tel: 055 289 276

Run by two americans this is what you could call an varied type of dance centre to say the least. This school not only offers a range of dance classes, from children’s activities to advanced ballet to a professional level, but also organises the Florence Dance Festival. Furthermore, there are daily open dance classes so you can even go and learn some cool dance moves even if you are here just for a short time.

The annual Florence Dance Festival was first thought up of in 1999 and is uniquely dedicated to the art of dance. Its main aim is to bring the best names in contemporary and classical dance to the city of Florence, but unfortunately its future now looks uncertain due to lack of funding. The festival also contains an annual contest for ‘emerging’ choreographers and a shorter, winter edition is also held at the Teatro Goldoni. Further summer performances are either at Piazzale Michelangelo or the Teatro Romano at Fiesole.

Maggio Danza
Teatro Comunale
Corso Italia 16
Tel: 055 213 535
Website: Maggio Danza

Founded in 1967, the ballet company really began to get noticed with the arrival of Evgheni Polyakovin 1978 who revived the previously lacking ‘repertoire’ by proposing modern contemporary dance as well as the great classical ballets. Now featuring about 40 members, Maggio Danza has collaborated with some international stars including: Carla Fracci, Alessandra Ferri, Maya Pliseckaja, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Eric Vu An. Maggio Danza presents a range of ballet from classics such as The Nutcracker to more contemporary works. In summer a lot of the performances are held in the Boboli Gardens.


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