ABOUT OUR TEAM 

PETRA  CONTI

Artistic Director    Principal Dancer    Ballet Coach

Petra Conti is an Italian Principal Dancer. She has been the Prima Ballerina of La Scala in Milan, and a Principal Dancer with the Boston Ballet. She is currently the Principal Dancer of Los Angeles Ballet.

She also travels around the world as a Guest Principal Dancer and Ballet Coach. She is the winner of many International Prizes and holds the title of Ambassador of the Italian Ballet around the World. 

Conti has graduated with honors from the National Academy of Dance in Rome where she became the protege of legendary Maestro Zarko Prebil.

She has been a trainee with the Mariinsky Ballet, where she was coached by Principal Dancer Elvira Tarasova.

Conti is the Artistic Consultant at the Public School Educandato agli Angeli in Verona, Italy; she has been a coach at the Los Angeles Ballet School.

She is Vaganova-Cecchetti trained, but during her career she has been influenced by RAD, Balanchine, and Bournonville methods as well.

 

She is best known for full-length ballets, dramatic roles, principal characters that are not only very demanding physically and technically, but also emotionally and artistically. 

ERIS  NEZHA 

Artistic Director   Principal Dancer      Ballet Coach 

Eris Nezha has been a Principal Dancer at La Scala Theatre in Milan (Italy), with the Boston Ballet (MA), and with the Los Angeles Ballet (CA).

He has also traveled the world as an International Guest Principal Dancer and Ballet Coach. Nezha just decided to retire from the stage after an outstanding career, and is already focused on becoming a Producer and Film Maker, besides continuing to share his knowledge and experience with next generations of dancers.

He was best known for his elegant technique and princely figure, as well as for his partnering skills: he has been the partner of Svetlana Zakharova, Natalia Osipova, Polina Semionova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Alina Somova, Eleonora Abbagnato, Hee Seo, Petra Conti, among others.

Nezha graduated with honors from La Scala Ballet Academy in Milan, Italy.

He was raised on the Cecchetti and Vaganova methods, but during his career has been influenced by RAD, Balanchine and Bournonville techniques, as well as by legendary teachers such as Wilhelm Burmann, Iride Sauri, Giuseppe Carbone, Zarko Prebil, Gilbert Mayer, Mikhail Messerer...

 

Eris Nezha has been the official Ballet Master for the "Roberto Bolle and Friends Summer Tour 2014", and a member of the faculty at Los Angeles Ballet School.

 

He is the husband and Personal Coach of the above mentioned Petra Conti.

KLARA  KODRA 

Athletic Training    Ballet Coach

Klara Kodra is a former Prima Ballerina at the National Theatre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and at the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Tirana, Albania.  

She is now a Ballet Teacher with extensive advanced education on classical ballet and choreography.


Kodra is also a Rhythmic Gymnastics Trainer with international and Olympic experience. She has been the ballet coach of the Italian National Team of  Rhythmic Gymnastics for both individual and team  

(Bronze Medal, Olympic Games London, UK 2012).

She is currently coaching successfully the Finnish National Team, which achieved the highest artistic evaluation in the 2017's World Championships.

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After years of research and comparisons between the two universes - the ballet and the competitive athletic world - she has structured a new Method of Athletic Training for dancers, which offers a real opportunity to improve and extend the dancer's career, simply by applying the principles of Sports Science. 

She has successfully applied this method to a series of principal dancers, and artists of the corps de ballet since 2011. 

ROSSELLA IANNONE

Technique Methodology   Ballet Literature Professor, Writer

Rossella Iannone owns a Graduate Degree in Literature (Salerno University, Italy) and is a CONI certified Ballet Instructor (II level) and a qualified Contemporary Dance Teacher (I level).

She has intensively studied Ballet Methodology at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, Italy, and is currently obtaining a Ballet Coaching Specialization at La Scala Ballet Academy.

Since 2008 she owns a Professional Dance Center in Sapri, Italy, where she often invites guest teachers and ballet personalities. She has choreographed and produced many performances, and has had a notable career as a dancer, TV performer and actor. 

In 2019 Iannone published her first Ballet Literature work titled “Giselle ou Les Willis” (Dominuco Editore), which has been already cataloged and can be found at the Official Library of the Teatro Alla Scala Academy, and soon will enter the Bicocca University catalog, Milan.

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