Dalia Carella and Alice Giampieri and Dance Fusion Arts, Inc. present

La Dolce Estate - Italian Summer Dance Retreat June 25 - July 2, 2018

A dance and cultural experience with Dalia, Alice, Pete List and special guest Irina Akulenko!

We are very excited to invite you to a unique cultural immersion in the beautiful Italian countryside with dance workshops. Study with these talented teachers for eight days and nights at La Ragola Country House. Built in the 1800s and nestled in the heart of the green hills of the Marche countryside, La Ragola has a beautiful onsite studio for classes and an outdoor hot tub. Feel the regenerative energies of the rhythms of nature! Experience 16.5 hours of dance and music classes as well as live music and dance performances by teachers and retreat participants. Taste the Italian country life, including authentic local wine and food, a vineyard tour and wine tasting, excursions to nearby immaculate beaches and medieval towns, explore the natural cave of Monte Cucco, and experience a day trip to beautiful Lake Trasimeno and an overnight at a beautiful B&B in Umbria followed by a day trip to Assisi, one of the most spiritual cities in the hills of Umbria. Join us for La Dolce Estate (The Sweet Summer) in Italy! A one of a kind retreat!

$1,785 US dollars

Payment Schedule:
$500 deposit - due by February 15th
$642.50 due by March 30th
$642.50 due by April 30th

14 STUDENT LIMIT - send your deposit in ASAP in order to save your space!


Contact:    Dalia Carella: info@daliacarella.com    Alice Giampieri: giampierialice@gmail.com

Planned excursions:

  • Vineyard tour with wine tasting, an afternoon relaxing around the pool and dinner in the countryside at Tenuta San Marcello
  • Visit to the caves of Monte Cucco, some of the most expansive beautiful natural caves in Europe
  • Trip to the port city of Senigallia, to experience its beautiful beaches and boutique shopping.
  • Day trip to the spiritual city of Assisi, historical home of St Francis and local artiginal handcrafted ceramics
  • Visit to the caves of Monte Cucco, some of the most beautiful natural caves in Europe
  • Trip to port city of Senigallia, to experience its beautiful beaches and boutique shopping.

(program may change according to weather and availability)

What's Included:

  • 16.5 Hours of Workshops in the beautiful onsite studio at la Ragola: Classes in Vintage Orientale with Veil, Turkish Roman Havasi, fan technique, Flamenco Araby Orientale, Tribal Fusion, Oriental Fusion, Fusion combos with zills and live music, Odissi Fusion, and fancy arm technique for all styles
  • Live music and dance performances by teachers and retreat participants
  • Accommodation in the Countryhouse for 8 days and 8 nights
  • All vegetarian meals in the Countryhouse - 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners (meat options available for meals outside of the country house)
  • Vineyard tour, wine tasting and the dinner at Tenuta San Marcello
  • Overnight in a B&B in Umbria including dinner and breakfast
  • Transportation to and from Ancona Airport, and local train stations

What’s not included:

  • Entrance fee for Monte Cucco Park
  • Flight to and from Italy
  • All meals and excursion costs outside the country house (except the night of vineyard tour and meals and stay in Umbria B&B)
  • transportation to and from all excursions during the week (an additional charge of €150-200)

Available rooms:

  • 5 double rooms with private bathroom
  • 3 apartments with 3 or 4 beds w/ bathroom and kitchen
  • Note* - Participants will have to share rooms with others


“My experience at the 2016 Italy Dance Retreat was nothing short of magical!  The friendships, the sites, the food, the dancing, the music-the pure FUN and JOY of it all- made me realize how lucky I was to be part of it!  This truly exceeded my expectations.  A massive THANK YOU to all of you that made this happen- Dalia, Alice, Pete and Carmine!  This is an experience I will remember and cherish forever!!! “Kay L.

“The retreat was one of the best experiences of my life. Aside from every moment living out my Italian countryside fantasy, we also visited beautiful medieval cities, the aqua blue Adriatic Sea, the most beautiful ancient caves in Europe, saw the very best of the region, cuisine, and were cared for like family. Dancing with Dalia and Alice is always incredibly inspiring. Specially on a country hillside on a zen estate. They are the coolest. The music lessons with Carmine and Pete where not only fun, but, very helpful with rhythms, and took my dancing to the next level. We star gazed together on our last night! Anything can happen at La Dolce Estate Retreat. Get lost in Italian bliss. I want it to be my summer get away every year!” Marie Karla V.

“The retreat was thoughtfully planned and very well executed. You could easily see how carefully designed the workshops were and the intent when it came to planning the excursions. The instructors were able to differentiate to different dancer and musician levels and did so with a great attitude. It was a beautiful and full experience of dance, Italy and culture. I would recommend this to everyone.” Regina H.

Our teachers:



Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based artist, with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Since 2001, Irina explored both Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal Style belly dance, Classical Indian (Odissi), contemporary, and Flamenco and now enjoys fusing these art forms, while looking for engaging ways to tell stories. Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist fusion dancer. She is also a teacher and principal dancer with Bellyqueen Dance Theater; choreographer and Assistant Director for NASA-powered multimedia show Bella Gaia;  the Director of Kiaroscuro Dance Company and enjoys collaborating on numerous other projects.

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Dalia Carella is a renowned Near/Middle Eastern and world fusion solo artist, choreographer, master teacher, and Founder/Artistic Director of her "World Dance Company", the Dalia Carella Dance Collective. Dalia has delved deeply in Near Eastern and Turkish Roman dance, as well as Flamenco, Indian, Bollywood/Bhangra, Afro-Haitian, Samba, Salsa, Afro-Puertorican (Bomba and Plena), Tango and Western dance such as jazz and ballet.  Ms. Carella’s numerous concerts and teaching tours have led her throughout the US, Canada, England, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, China, Turkey, and Japan.  In 1978 till present, besides Dalia's unique technique of Vintage Oriental Dance (Belly Dance), Dalia also created two art forms on the Middle Eastern Dance circuit called El Mundo/Flamenco Araby (Belly Dance, Latin Caribbean, Flamenco) and Dunyavi Roma (Gypsy Dance).  Dalia's much sought after, innovative Vintage Orientale Belly Dance, Turkish Romani, Flamenco Araby and skirt work have been taught internationally to dance professional and students.


Alice Giampieri is one of the greatest exponents of Tribal Fusion in Italy. She has been member of the "Emotional Tribal Fusion" company De Nova Luce directed by Francesca Pedretti. She has studied Ballet, Flamenco, Bharatanatyam indian dance, oriental dance, tribal fusion and tribal ATS and has improved her oriental and tribal technique by studying with numerous international teachers, and is currently studying Hip Hop and Popping at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. As a soloist, she has been invited to teach and perform in the most important festivals in Italy and has performed internationally in Paris, New York, and Barcelona. Alice is the founder and director the school "Aynin" and it's and associated dance company. Alice was selected to be a member of the show the Bellydance Evolution show "The Dark Side of the Crown" directed by Jillina. She performed with BDE in Washington DC and New York City, Miami, Japan, San Diego and a 28 show tour in Holland. Alice collaborates with Francesca Pedretti in the project 'Divina Commedia' which is touring Italy with workshops and a show, and they recently successfully produced the event in New York in collaboration with Kaeshi Chai. She is currently a member of the company Bellyqueen in NYC directed by Kaeshi Chai and she is teaching classes in the Bellyqueen School of Dance. She was recently certified in the first level of Zoe Jakes "DanceCraft" format.


Pete List (New York City) is known for his signature technique of looping layers of human beatbox, vocals, and guitar to build songs that have the presence and power of a full band. He is well-known internationally in the world of tribal bellydance as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and human beatboxer and has performed as an integral part of the bands Djinn & Beatbox Guitar. As a soloist, Pete mixes the exotic sounds of the Indian instrument the shahi baaja, with the urban sounds of beatbox, to create a lyrical unique world music sound. Pete has produced multiple DVD soundtracks, and seven albums and his music has been featured in film and primetime television. www.petelist.com


Dalia Carella and Alice Giampieri , the “Presenters”, act only as contractors providing accommodations, transportation to and from airport,  or other services, and all are not and/or shall not become liable or responsible for any loss, injury or damage to person, injury during dance or music workshops, property or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation, or other services, resulting directly or indirectly from any acts of God, dangers incident to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of governments or other authorities, de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or custom regulation, defaults, delays or cancellations of or changes in itinerary or schedules, or from any causes beyond Presenters control, or for any loss or damage resulting from insufficient or improperly issued papers, visas or other documents, and that neither Presenters, or any of theiraffiliates or subsidiaries shall be or become liable or responsible for any additional expenses or liability sustained or incurred by the retreat member as a result of any of the forgoing causes. The right is reserved to change accomodations and alter itinerary or reverse the sequences of places to be visited as situations warrant. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure before April 30th.  The Presenters liability is limited to a refund of monies received by them.  The Presenters are not responsible or liable for defaults of those not directly under their control.