giuseppe arena
Italian born Giuseppe Arena started his successful career with classical ballet classes in 1966 with well know teachers including Marika Besobrazova and Serge Golovine. From 1975 – 1978 Giuseppe performed with the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Balanchine repertoire. In 1980 he became soloist and principle dancer of La Scala Ballet Company in Milan dancing with world renown dancers such as Carla Fracci, Rudolph Nureyev and Paolo Bortoluzzi amongst others. He was also privileged to dance for great choreographers such as Roland Petit, Glenn Tetley, George Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, Joseph Rusillo and Alvin Ailey.

From a young age Giuseppe started to choreograph for dance, ballet, theatre, television, films etc. His ballets include “Duel” for the Rusky Accademisky Teater, Moscow and “Meligunis” danced by the La Scala ballet company at the “Teatro Lirico”, Milan. He choreographed the opening and closing ceremony of the Endurance World Cup in Dubai (2005) and also choreographed the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, a major project involving hundreds of people which was an enormous success.

During the last twenty years Giuseppe has been engaged as an ice skating choreographer creating routines and training some of the world’s most renowned ice skaters including Usova/Zhulin, Philippe Candeloro, Krilova/Ovsiannikov, Maria Butirskaya, Irina Slutskaya, Victor Petrenko and Katarina Gardeeva to name but a few. He is now regarded as one of the most innovative ice choreographers throughout the world. Most recently, inspiredby the high quality of Artistic Roller Skating, Giuseppe choreographed “Black Swan” for Daniel Morandin who won the 2011 Roller Skating World Championships. In 2012 Daniel will once again perform a routine for the World Championships choreographed by Giuseppe.

Giuseppe has recently choreographed the ice ballets Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast, which appeared in theatres all over the world, to original music composed by the Italian composer Silvio Amato. Critics acclaimed the results of the combined work of these exceptionally talented men as “a team made in heaven.”

Giuseppe Arena has received numerous awards for his artistic talent such as the “Diploma ad Honorem” from the National Italian Tourist Board; first prize for painting in the Italian National Painting competition, “Rassegna Nazionale delle Pittura Italiana” in Torbole, the award of “Premio Simpatia” in the television programme, Napoli Prima e Dopo and the “Giara d’Argento” for his life’s work and for promoting the image of Sicily internationally.

In 1983 he was awarded « L'Ordre du Premier Grade de l'Ordre de L'indépendance du Royaume Hashemite de Giordanie ». by King Hussein the First of Jordan and in 2003 Guiseppe Arena was recognized by the Italian Government for his life’s artistic achievements and was bestowed with the Italian equivalent of Knighthood and was given the prestigious title of “Cavaliere al Merito della Republica Italiana”.

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