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Bella Faculty


SAMANTHA PURDY

Owner/Director

Samantha Purdy grew up in beautiful Durango, Colorado and

began dancing at the age of 8. She studied in Durango and performed on a competitive team in the tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and ballet styles. She studied under Frances Rosser Taylor, Toni McClanahan, and mostly Dani Scarafiotti. In 2009 Dani began Bella Dance Studio in Durango, and Samantha and many other girls followed her. There, Samantha became enchanted with contemporary and modern styles and attended conventions and competitions all over the western United States. Her team attended conventions such as Nuvo, Jump, The Pulse, NYCDA, Starstruck, Hollywood Vibe, West Coast Dance Explosion, and many more. She won many awards competitively and trained vigorously for a total of 11 years.

Upon graduation from high school she decided to remain in

Durango, go to school at Fort Lewis College, and teach for Bella Dance Studio. After attending Fort Lewis college for one year and teaching at Bella, she decided to re-invest in her technical training. She was accepted to CSU in 2012 and has worked hand in hand with many professors there: Jane Slusarski- Harris, Chung-fu Chang, Carol Roderick, Sayaka Ruggles, Richard Wacko, Quen Chen, Judy Bejarano, and Lisa Morgan. In 2013, she was

accepted to the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Pre-Professional Program and studied under Antonio Brown, Tammy Dyke, Erica Pujik, Robert Sutherland, and Linda Kent. Through the program she got to perform excerpts from Rodeo, and a Battleworks piece. She graduated from CSU in December of 2015.

Samantha is back in Durango after spending some time teaching and dancing professionally in Los Angeles. 

It fills her heart with joy to be back in her home town, in her home studio, and inspire young dancers and awaken them to the gift of their own creativity and beauty. 

Clara Burnett

Teacher


Clara was raised in Palmer, Alaska where she was first enrolled into dance at the age of 3. During her training, her genre range quickly grew to encompass ballet, pointe, jazz, jazz drill, broadway jazz, lyrical, modern, and tap. At the age of 11, she was invited to join her studio's traveling competition team which allowed her to compete and perform at multiple intensives, competitions, cruise ships, the Holiday Bowl, and at Disney. At age 18, she moved to Durango to receive her Bachelor degree in Exercise Physiology, minoring in psychology. She currently works with patients as a technician at a physical therapy clinic and understands the importance of both the strengthening and preventative care in young dancers. She is very excited to be a part of the dance world. 

Emily Lavengood

Guest Artist 

Emily Lavengood was born and raised in Durango, Colorado. Emily danced throughout her entire life in Colorado at the local dance studio, Dance in the Rockies, after her senior year she took a year to choreograph for studios in the Four Corners Region and then she moved to Los Angles in pursuit of her dreams. Over the next few years Lavengood trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, building strong relationships with Industry professionals and creating skillsets to help her both in front of and behind the camera. After graduating from AMDA, Lavengood was signed with Go2Talent Agency and began working professionally in the dance, acting and modeling industries in the greater Los Angeles area. She continued her dance training as an Apprentice under Joe Malone and his esteemed faculty at the Performing Arts Center. Emily has had the honor to train with some of the greats of the dance world, learning and perfecting her technique and skill set in acting, dancing, and singing. Lavengood continues to train in dance, her first love, and continues to perfect and teach foundational technique in jazz, ballet, and contemporary to help create a generation of well educated and well rounded dancers. Lavengood has danced professionally for the AMA award show, Dancing with the Stars National Tour, and countless artists. She continues to work as a dancer/choreographer/actress/model and has recently been climbing the ladder to becoming a Director. Lavengood has worked with some of the most incredible artists as a Director or part of the director team; such as, Doja Cat, Arianna Grande, John Mayer, Giveon, Foo Fighters, Beyonce, JLo, Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion, the Kardashians, Anderson.Paak, Doechii, Chloe, and many many more. She has worked with brands such as PRADA, KOHLS, the Oscars, Amazon, Sony, and the ABC Network. Emily continues to teach and train dancers and performers, helping them harness their uniqueness to help them shine and grow in confidence. The knowledge she has gained over the years has helped her have an incredible artistic and creative eye behind the camera and has given her the edge of knowing what to do in front of the camera. She will continue to work as a Director/Choreographer/Dancer/Teacher/Actress and Model throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, bringing as much knowledge as she can to the younger aspiring generation. One of her missions in life is to inspire and guide in an industry that seems so secluded, she is determined to be the light. 

Libby began dancing at Mountain Shadows and Downtown Dance in Great Falls, MT. She attended workshops and summer intensives from master teachers Bruce Stegman and Gus Giordano. Tap and Jazz being her primary focus. In high school and college, she competed nationally as well as regionally on dance teams through the UDA and UPA programs. Her Junior year, the team qualified and competed at ESPN sponsored UCA/UDA annual competition in Orlando, FL placing in the top ten. She attended college in Minnesota where competitions were focused on technical jazz.

Most recently, Libby has taught all levels, children through adults, in Durango at various studios as well as adult fitness classes, Barre and Tap. She has attended Dance Teacher Summit, taking classes from master choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Miller & Ben, Anthony Morigerato, Syncopated Ladies, Chloe and Maude Arnold, Sarah Reich and Greg Russell. She continues to dance and learn as much as possible!

Her vision is to share through movement the musicality our bodies create in an environment that suits all levels. Her combined studio/competitive background lends to an understanding of refinement and passion that encourages a love of movement through music.

She has two daughters, Hannah and Britta, who also share her love of dance!

MUNDO CARDIEL

Guest Artist 

Beginning his dance journey in the small town of Alamogordo NM, Mundo started to study dance and compete in the NDA circuit with his hometown team, Showtime Studio, where he claimed regional, national, and even world titles. He eventually took his talent to Orlando Florida where he continued to compete with teams like Studio One and &Friends while starting his career as both dancer and choreographer. Becoming a hip hop instructor at various studios through out the city as well as a ballroom instructor at Arthur Murray, Mundo deepened his love for the stage getting to perform and travel the world with with groups like AGT's "Fighting Gravity" and an amazing Michael Jackson Trubute show known as "The Ultimate Thriller". Dancing in commercials, music videos, award shows with artists like Will.I.Am, JLo, and even theme parks like SeaWorld and Disney, Mundo also choreographed for various competition teams throught the country. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to do what he loves and continues to further his journey, stepping into both TV and film. Catch him flashing some salsa moves in Showtime's latest season of Penny Dreadful:City of Angels!

MAGGIE JUNG

Guest Artist

Maggie Jung is Fort Collins based dancer, choreographer, and teacher with training in ballet, modern, jazz, gymnastics, and breakdancing. She is going into her 8th season with IMPACT Dance Company, a contemporary dance/theatre company in Northern Colorado that focuses on human-driven story telling through dance, voice, and multi-media experiences. Maggie also works as a Sensory Scientist at New Belgium Brewery and is an avid yogi and novice rock climber. She studied dance and Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts at the University of Oregon and Colorado State University, trained at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles post-college, and loves taking any opportunity to better her craft through classes and workshops. Maggie is thrilled to be teaching at Bella Dance Studio and can’t wait to meet everyone!


DANI SCARAFIOTTI-ROSADO

Originator/Creator

Bella Dance Studio Inc. was opened January 5th, 2009 by Director Dani Scarafiotti-Rosado. Dani started dancing at the age of 6 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She trained extensively in jazz and ballet at Prince Ballet, Inc. At the age of 18 she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where she studied Dance with concentration on choreography at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In 2000 Dani received her BA in Dance from UNLV.

Dani has received extensive training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern and contemporary movement. She has studied under Endelesia Prince, Cathy Roe, Sam Watson, Louis Kavourous, the Erik Hawkins Company, Margot Mink Colbert, Ernesta Corvino, Victoria Dale, and Cathy Allen. She has performed with Prince State Ballet, the UNLV Peforming Ensemble, UNLV Dance Company, Studio 54 and the MGM Grand. She has traveled to Paris, France to perform with the Universal Dance Association and to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Dani has been teaching dance in Durango since 2002.

She began her teaching career in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1998. After graduating from UNLV she moved to Durango, Colorado where she began teaching ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical classes. Dani has received various awards and recognition for choreography on both regional and national levels. Her students have also received various awards on both the regional and national levels.