MEET the TOSCANA DANCE HUB STAFF
Founder and Artistic Director
Giada Matteini born and raised in Florence-Italy, has worked as a performer, educator, choreographer, curator, producer and activist in New York City since 1998. With Italian parents and an American son, she has dedicated the past 10 years of her life to bridge the geographical distances of the 2 continents she inhabits. Giada is today the Artistic Director of Toscana Dance HUB/International, TDH Festival for Emerging Choreographers, The Larger WE performance series, the Agropoli Danza Festival, and the Second Avenue Dance Company. She is a dance professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in NYC and has traveled as a guest artist to Germany, Sweden, Austria, China, The Philippines, Mexico and across the U.S. and Italy. Giada today performs with JENNIFERCHINdance, Molissa Fenley and Company and teaches company class for the Limón Dance Company.
As a company director she has produced and/or facilitated over 60 residencies with international artists including Roy Assaf (Roy Assaf Dance), Davide Di Pretoro (Sasha Waltz), Janet Wong (Bill T Jones), Diane Madden (Trisha Brown Dance Company), Kirsten Foote (Limon Dance Company), Cindy Salgado (Crystal Pite), Rashaun Mitchell (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), Netta Yerushalmy, Stefanie Batten Bland, Bobbi Jene Smith, Loni Landon, Gregory Dolbashian (Dash Ensemble), Shannon Gillen (Vim Vigor), Nathan Trice, Vita Osojnik, Charlotte Boye-Christenson, Cora Bos-Kroese (NDT), Richard Chen See (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Arcell Carbuag (Ronald K. Brown Evidence), Madboots, Sonya Tayeh, Studio Wayne McGregor, Ori Flomin, Sadé and Kristina Alleyne, just to name a few.
Under the name WADEintoACTIVISM, she is organizing a virtual event space dedicated to 16 days of activism inspired by UN Women for November 2020. The event will present the works of a multi-generational, multicultural group of women artists reflecting on VAWG (violence against women and girls) and conversations with male artists and feminists activists from around the globe who engage men and boys in the prevention of gender based violence. The event welcomes disparate voices from the USA, Italy, France, Argentina, Canada, India, Iran, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago and China.
Giada created and now directs, together with Spanish musician and composer Toni Costa, a dance accompaniment training program in Florence and Agropoli, Italy called Music HUB.
Covid-19 has exposed our human fragility and it has inspired her to continue connecting with like-minded creatives across the globe in pursuit of authentic connections and long-lasting solutions. She is an avid supporter and advocate for high quality education for all children of the world, she rejects violence of any kind and stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Director of Operations
Corinne Hart was accepted into the BFA dance program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2014. While at Tisch, Corinne studied under and performed works by renowned choreographers such as Cherylyn Lavagnino, Stefanie Batten Bland, and Ori Flomin, as well as performing in multiple works choreographed by her fellow classmates. Post graduation, Corinne has been studying closely under Pascal Rioult and his company, Rioult Dance New York, and has been dancing professionally for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and DiLorenzo & Co. Corinne attended Toscana Dance HUB in the summer of 2016 and again in 2019 as Assistant to the Director.
Yasmeen Giovanna is an alumna of Tisch School of the Arts, New York University as a Master of Fine Arts student. During her tenure at Tisch, Giovanna concentrated on dance + technology, while taking film classes. Giovanna is an entrepreneur, artist, dancer, photographer and filmmaker. Giovanna’s most recent project included photographing a private event for Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Giovanna is currently a photographer and cinematographer for District Photography.
Giovanna has done still photography for the music video, “Gold In The River” directed by Sheldon Chau, “Here She Goes” Short Film directed by Efe Kabba and “Clearing House” Short Film directed by Andrew Long. Last year, Giovanna was featured in a photography exhibition and panel at Latham + Watkins LLP. Her artwork showcased still photography from Agropoli, Italy. Prior to showcasing her work, she received a full scholarship to attend Toscana Dance HUB in Italy. During her tenure, she choreographed and documented "Leitmotif," a work based on the responsibility of artists in society.
Giovanna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and minor in Dance. In 2015, she was listed as an HBCU Top 30 under 30 student. Giovanna began her photographic journey developing film in high school, during a class which focused on 35mm analog cameras. Her eye and photography catches rhythm, motion, patterns, shapes and synchronization all inspired from her experience in dance.
Giovanna trained with The Ailey School, Ronald K. Brown Evidence Company, Atlanta Ballet and Ballethnic Academy of Dance. She also interned with American Ballet Theatre in the education department for their Project Plié initiative where she helped orchestrate ballet classes for over 40 Boys and Girls Clubs across the nation.