The Argus Courier, Nov 22, 2018
“Slowly, slowly! Beautiful, beautiful!” That has been ballet mistress Marcella Contessi Smith’s guiding principle since she was a nine-year-old ballerina in the ballet “Faust,” at Florence, Italy’s Theatre Comunale Opera House.
Come enjoy the celebrated holiday classic on December 7-8 at Spreckel's Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. The Nutcracker brings to life the beloved Christmas Eve story of a girls dream, with memorable music by Tchaikovsky. The performance is a unique collaboration between Contessi Ballet and Napa Valley Ballet.
Come join past and current students for an evening of great food and company after the last Nutcracker performance on December 8. Dinner will be catered by Lombardi's and there will be a wide selection of beverages and desserts. We will celebrate Mrs. Smith's 40 years as artistic director and all of her wonderful accomplishments!
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The Press Democrat, Nov 20, 2015
Marcella Contessi-Smith danced on stage for the first time at the age of 9 in Florence, Italy, where she was born and raised. What she didn’t learn from her Italian teachers she learned from Kyra Nijinsky, the renowned Russian-born ballerina.