Bella Faculty & Staff
Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary
Bella Dance Studio Inc. was opened January 5th, 2009 by director Dani Scarafiotti. 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 for the past 15 years. 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 in 2002 . 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 where she began dancing at the age of 8. She studied tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and ballet styles locally under Frances Rosser Taylor, Toni McClanahan, and Dani Scarafiotti. At the age of 16 Samantha joined Bella Dance Studio. There she 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 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 managing/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 excited to return to Durango and Bella Dance Studio this year to work with local dancers and help develop their talent and love of dance!
BREAKDANCE & HIP HOP
Twinkle, Jazz, Musical Theater
Kaelin began dancing at the age of 3 in Cody, Wyoming and has since never stopped moving. She studied ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, clogging and musical theater. At the age of 14, she was invited, along with her studio to attend Dance Excellence, an international dance festival, to represent the state of Wyoming. While there Kaelin studied under Mark Meismer and Doug Caldwell. Throughout her high school career Kaelin participated in many dancing roles for theater productions. In her senior year of high school, she was invited once more to Dance Excellence and was chosen to dance with other select people from around the world in a final performance. After graduating and moving to Durango for college, Kaelin joined many on-campus dance clubs and choreographed for her peers. Currently she is a student at Fort Lewis College, majoring in theater and is a member of Dance Co-Motion and the Dance Team. Kaelin has a passion for dance that she wants to share with as many people as possible. She is thrilled to be a part of Bella Dance Studio and is excited to start her teaching career here in Durango.
Tap & Tap, Inc.