Boston/Newton - Children's Program
Luciano was born in Italy. He started studying ballet at age 9 at the Teatro Nuovo, Turin, Italy, and finished his studies in Paris, France with Peter Goss Dance School and Carolyn Carson Dance School, Paris, France. He danced at the Teatro Nuovo, Turin, Italy in the corps de ballet and did his first soloist in their beautiful Coppelia production.
In 1985, he entered the Ballet Theatre l’Ensemble, Brussels, Belgium directed by Micha van Hoecke. The company was considered the Junior Company of Ballet du XX Siecle, Maurice Bejart, where he danced original roles as soloist and as principal for more than 7 years. Luciano received his Master degree in Dance Therapy at the Centro Regionale per la Danza Terapia, Maria Fux, Florence, Italy.
From 1992 to 1996, he was a developer and instructor of dance therapy programs for populations such as; individuals with Down ’s syndrome ages 15 to 30, blind children age 10, individuals with mental illness ages 25 to 35. He also developed a special program for children (age 1 to 3) born and living in prisons, as well as group of cancer survival women. In parallel with this strong work in special education, he was teaching ballet to children age 7 to 12 at the Centro Studi Danza e Movimento, Florence, Italy.
In 1997, before moving to USA, he was chosen as Team Manager and Coach for the Italian Team at the First Children’s Dance Festival, Seoul, Korea.
He moved to USA in 1997 where he worked as volunteer at the Perkins School for Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts as dance therapy instructor. After his volunteer work, he worked at the Creative Movement and Arts Center in Needham, Massachusetts for 5 years as teacher and program director, where he successfully developed programs for children between age 3 months and 7 years old.
His passions for understanding the process of learning brought him to specialize in teaching to young children and to develop a strong technique and approach to teach children.
He joined the Boston Ballet School in 2005 and teaches several classes in the Newton and in the Boston location. He was named the Head of Children's Curriculum in 2009 and is resposible for training all the Children's Program faculty. He also works closely with Boston Ballet School Director Margaret Tracey in creating the curriculum for the Children's Program.
In 2007 he founded A Bridge of Roses, a charity in honor of his mother to support educational projects for children in Africa. With A Bridge of Roses he built three schools in remotes areas of Madagascar (Africa) that serve more than 200 children.