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

La Dolce Estate - Italian Summer Dance Retreat June 24 - July 1, 2019

A dance and cultural experience with Dalia, Alice, Pete List and special guest Natalie Nazario Ayala!

We are very excited to invite you to a unique and cultural immersion in the beautiful Italian countryside with 18 hours of 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 dance and music classes as well as live music and dance performances by teachers and retreat participants. We will be announcing some new excursions plus a group performance project in Italy celebrating one of your favorite dances next to the sunflowers in Italy to be announced soon! Join us for La Dolce Estate (The Sweet Summer) in Italy! A one of a kind retreat!

Early Bird Special $1,750 before February 1st, $1,875 after
Save $125 and book early! 1st Payment due February 1.
We can only accept 14 participants so purchase early and save your space!

Please Note: cancellation fee before February 28 is $50, before March 30 is $75, cancellation fee before April 30th is $300, no refunds after May 1st.


DAY 1 - Monday June 25

We will pick you up at the airport or train station and bring you to La Ragola.

8:00 Welcome Dinner Party. 

Dinner is included in the cost.


9:00-10:00 breakfast at LaRagola

10:30-12:30 Veil Technique with Dalia

12:30 -14:00 lunch at LaRagola

14:00-16:00 Mahraganat (Street Shaabi) with Natalie

16:30 - 18:00 Oriental Fusion with Alice

18:00-18:30 restorative yoga (optional)

20:00 dinner at Osteria gli Spiazzi in the medieval town of Jesi* 

DAY 3 - WED JUN 27

8:00 - 9:00 breakfast at LaRagola

9:00 Beach day at spiaggia San Michele (about €10 per person for umbrella and beach chair)*

Lunch at the beach - there is a snack bar and a nice seafood restaurant as options.*

20:00 dinner at LaRagola

after dinner - Night of mysticism and group tarot reading with Dalia


9:00-10:00 breakfast at LaRagola

10:30-12:30 Oriental Egyptian Style with Natalie

12:30 -14:00 lunch at LaRagola

14:00-16:00 Flamenco Araby with Dalia

16:30 - 18:00 Contemporary Tribal Fusion with Alice

18:00-18:30 restorative yoga (optional)

20:00 dinner at LaRagola

DAY 5 - FRI JUN 29

9:00-10:00 breakfast at LaRagola

10:30-12:00 Pizza Workshop part 1 (making dough)

12:00 -17:00 relax poolside and lunch at Betulle Agriturismo* 

17:30 - 18:30 Pizza Workshop part 2 (toppings)

19:00 - Pizza dinner in medieval mountaintop village center of Avacelli followed by out door HAFLA with live music

DAY 6 - SAT JUN 30

9:00-10:00 breakfast at LaRagola

10:30-12:00 Performance Project with Dalia

12:30 -14:00 lunch at LaRagola

14:00-15:30 Performance Project with Alice

15:45-17:15 Performance Project with Natalie


20:00 dinner at LaRagola


8:00-9:00 breakfast at LaRagola

9:00-12:00 PERFORMANCE PROJECT shoot!

12:30 -13:30 lunch at LaRagola

14:00 leave for Monte Cucco

16:00 - 20:00 tour of Monte Cucco cavern* 

21:00 dinner in Monte Cucco mountaintop restaurant*


8:00-9:00 breakfast at LaRagola

Sight seeing and shopping and lunch in Assisi*

Dinner and the closing party at LaRagola

*Participant responsible for cost - not included in retreat fee,
 (approximate pricing)

Dinner at Osteria gli Spiazzi - €25 vegetarian/€30 meat including wine

Beach day at Spiaggia San Michele - €10 per person for umbrella and beach chair

Lunch at Betulle Agriturismo €10-€20, Pool entrance fee €8

Tour of Monte Cucco Cavern €14, dinner in Monte Cucco mountaintop restaurant €10-20

Cost for private transport van to all retreat excursions including pickup/drop off at local train station/airport €200


“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:

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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. Dalia is also a co-producer of a very successful show based in New York City immersive theater show called “Menagerie d’Arte”.


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.

Natalie Nazario, born in Puerto Rico, is described as bundle of contagious energy tempered by technique and dynamic performances. She moved to New York City in 2012 and soon afterwards started performing and teaching. She is the Artistic Director of Raks Al Zahra, an Oriental & Folkloric Dance Company based in NYC. She is also the organizer of “El Raqs Hayati”, an annual event in Puerto Rico. Natalie has been touring with Bellyqueen Company as a principal dancer in the theatrical dance show "Journey Along the Silk Road" directed by Kaeshi Chai, which was performed in Asia, Europe, Australia and United States. Natalie is also part of the Bellydance Evolution Alumni by Jillina Carliano. Natalie's dance background includes jazz, hip hop and salsa training, but her deepest connection is Oriental dance. She developed her Oriental Style skills with multiple dance teachers including Aziza, Virginia, Jillina, Tito Seif, Randa Kamel, Ahmed Hussein, Kaeshi Chai, Mercedes Nieto and her main teacher Mohamed Shahin in New York City. Since 2017, Natalie joined the Ballet Internacional Munique Neith where dancers from around the world travel annually to Barcelona, Spain to receive Intensive Training under the direction of Munique Neith. Since 2015, Natalie has been visiting Egypt to experience and learn intimately the culture and the modern life of Egyptian people. As a result of this, on January 2018 she started learning Egyptian Colloquial Arabic in a Intensive Program for 3 months in Egypt. Therefore, she can connect on a deeper level with her interpretation of the dance. Www.natalie-nazario.com


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, excursions,  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 their affiliates 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 accommodations 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 and a $300 cancellation fee is required by participant to cover administration fees.  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.