ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & OWNER
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.
Samantha Purdy grew up in beautiful Durango, Colorado and
be-gan 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 engrossed 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 competi-tively and trained vigorously for a total of 11 years.
Upon graduation from high school she decided to remain in
Du-rango, 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 Pro-gram 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. She is excited to work with the students at Bella Dance Studio!
Logan Freedle was raised in Flower Mound, Texas, and started dancing at the age of 4. She grew up competing not only in the Dallas area, but all over the country. She attending serval West Coast Dance Explosion and Nuvo Conventions over the years, along with several other intensives and nationals. She was lucky enough to be chosen twice for The Elite Ballet Intensive, founded and directed by Tara Foy, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Logan has trained in all styles of dance but her favorites have always been contemporary and tap. She has 13 years of competitive dance experience along with drill team and pom experience as well. She was a member of the award winning high school drill team, the Marcus Marquette’s, which performed at Disney World in 2014. Logan is ready to train students for the professional dance world. She not only has experience in dance, but also in singing and theater. She feels all dancers should be well rounded in all styles of dance and fine arts!
I grew up in Fort Collins, CO and have been dancing since I can remember. I was on a mini modern dance crew when I was younger, then competed for a local studio for 5 years and when I started high school I began dancing for the schools dance team, where I became the captain. My high school dance team competed in hip-hop which is where my passion for this style developed and I learned about choreographing. Dance has always been a form of expression that has clicked with me. It is a way to tap into the side of myself that is more challenging to verbally communicate and I want to nurture a fun environment where younger dancers feel free and empowered.
I moved to Durango to study Art Education at Fort Lewis with the goal of spreading the youths' investment into their own imaginations and creative sides. The creative arts have played a significant role in my life and I am excited to share my passion with other evolving dancers.