Rocco Marcelli, from student of Luna di Ancona to choreographer of the Greek National Academy

Rocco Marcelli, from student of Luna di Ancona to choreographer of the Greek National Academy
Rocco Marcelli, from student of Luna di Ancona to choreographer of the Greek National Academy

In Athens, Rocco Marcelli, trained since he was a child at the La Luna Dance Center in Ancona, where he obtained the European qualification with the professional dance course authorized by the Marche Region and where he currently holds hip hop and break dance courses, is busy holding lessons at the prestigious KSOT National Academy for two weeks.

During this period, Rocco is composing a choreography in his personal urban style for the talented students of the Academy, coming from all over Greece. This choreography will be presented in three shows organized by the Municipality of Athens as part of the This Is Athens City Festival, which will be held in three splendid locations in the city:

May 29 at the National Gardens
May 30 in Omonia Square
May 31 at the National Archeological Museum

Rocco Marcelli has just returned as a dancer from a tour in New York with the Luna Dance Theater collective and was invited to Athens as a choreographer and teacher by the director of the KSOT National Academy, Daphnis Kokkinos, historic dancer of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal and his ex assistant.

Cristiano Marcelli, president and director of La Luna Dance Center: “The director Daphnis Kokkinos, watching Rocco dance, told me that he was struck by the fluidity and clarity of his movement, so he had the idea of ​​inviting him to Athens to allow the students of his academy to experiment with new expressive possibilities. His idea of ​​introducing an urban style into a national contemporary dance academy was revolutionary and, judging by the results that I see materialize day after day in the dance studio and by the enthusiasm that can be felt, it is a successful bet. The fact that this happens through a young teacher and choreographer from Ancona, trained at Luna, I believe can be an inspiration and encouragement in our community for all the other girls and boys who, like him, work hard every day to refine and express their talents”.

Insights on Rocco Marcelli:

Rocco began studying dance at the age of 3 with a capoeira course at La Luna Dance Center in Ancona. Over the years he has studied hip hop, break dance, urban fusion, locking, popping, dancehall, afro, house and top rock with resident teachers and leading figures of the international hip hop scene such as Mr. Wiggles, Storm, Crazy Legs and Mr Freeze. She has further explored the styles of urban dance with national and international teachers such as Nikita Litvichenko, Kerrie Milne, Martina Toderi, Claudia Laruccia, Mattia Tuzzolino, Jay C Val, Orlando Molteni, Carlos Kamizele and many others.

Member of the Luna Breakers choreographed by Giovanni Brain Galeazzi, Rocco is also a dancer and choreographer, together with Markeeno Bramucci, of the Lunatics, a collective that has participated twice in the World of Dance. In May 2023, the Lunatics performed in New York and in July 2023 they were guests of Martina Toderi’s 360 The Show in Rome and Ancona. In July 2022, Rocco was selected by Malou Airaudo for a solo choreographed by her, performed at the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona during the Wuppertanz festival.

As a dancer of the Collettivo Luna Dance Theater, choreographed by Simona Ficosecco, Rocco brought “Icaro” to the stage in Rome and Bracciano in July 2023, as part of the Dancescreen In The Land festival with the support of the Municipality of Rome. In December 2023 he participated in Rome with “A-Solo 2” in the Close Up project, supported by the Municipality of Rome. In April 2024 he took part in a US artist residency in Jefferson, NY, supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture, with a final performance in New York City in May 2024.

Graduated with the European professional qualification EQF5 “Artistic operator: dance direction” at the Poliarte Academy, Rocco teaches hip hop and break dance at the La Luna Dance Center in Ancona, Jesi and Filottrano, and holds courses, monthly programs and internships in other Italian dance schools.

Insights into the festival:

Dance is an art that moves and unites. Final year students of the National School of Dance (KSOT) bring their art to unexpected places in the city, transforming urban space and creating a bridge between culture and everyday life. This performance series includes various solo and group dances inspired by Athens, Athenians and their diversity. Each performance aims to offer passers-by the opportunity to stop, observe and enjoy a unique experience. Each dance is a small discovery, an experience that connects art with space and the public.

Insights into the KSOT Academy:

Located in the heart of Athens, KSOT has a tradition of turning young dancers into professionals, offering a comprehensive program covering different techniques and methods, from ballet to modern dance. The students are mentored by some of the most creative choreographers and teachers in the country, and their dedication and passion for dance is reflected in their impeccable technique and ability to convey emotion through their movements.

In-depth information on La Luna Dance Center:

La Luna Dance Center is an association from Ancona (now also present in Jesi and Filottrano) which will start its 40th year of activity in September. With around 100 lessons per week, it offers courses for amateurs of all styles and ages as well as professional courses with the release of a European qualification. Hundreds of people attend and support it with love every year: children, adults and international artists. The activities concern numerous cultural projects, courses of all styles and levels, essays, shows, performances, conferences, international internships, scholarships, intercultural exchanges, campuses, festivals, professional courses and much more.

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