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Petaluma Profile: Marcella Contessi Smith dances through life

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. Read More...

Contessi Ballet & Napa Valley Ballet present The Nutcracker

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. Read More...

Contessi Ballet to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Dinner

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! Get Tickets Here

Petaluma dance teacher, 87, guides students in 'Nutcracker'

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. Read More...