Leonardo Paoli

Contemporary for Dancers

Training for Dancers


Leonardo Paoli was born in Florence in 1988 and began his training at the “Opus Ballet” dance center in Florence where he focused his studies in contemporary techniques; in this year he deepened the knowledge of “floor work” , contact-improvisation and partnering. The two years later, at the school of “Balleto di Toscana”, he improved the ballet technique and, never neglecting the contemporary dance, he transported the notions of ballet into a long-limbed, dynamic and physical style. He took part constantly in workshop of ballet , modern and contemporary dance with choreographers and teachers such as Elisabetta Terabust, Frédéric Olivieri, Margarita Trainaova, Christopher Huggins, Eugenio Buratti, Dominique Lesdema, Michele Merola. In the following years he started to open his interest to the world of musicals (he took part of the Rocky Horror picture show and Priscilla, the queen of the desert) finding in the modern jazz rhythms and dynamics ,the elements that brought his personal style of dance to be enriched (he will dance in fact between 2009 and 2011 in Italy different productions of Andrè De La Roche, Maura Paparo and Rosy Lo Conte). In 2012 he was part of the company “RBR dance company” of Verona and the following year he got admitted to the Intensive Master for dancers of Balletto Teatro di Torino, having the chance to perform the company’s productions signed by Matteo Levaggi. From 2014 he began his life abroad, becoming part of Tui Cruises Entertainment where he developed his skills in jazz technique. Along with his professional experience, Leonardo has been teaching modern and contemporary dance throughout Tuscany (Florence, Siena, Empoli Pistoia) and as well as guest teacher in several dance workshops in Rome and Bari. Since 2016 he is part of the StaatsOperetteDresden ensemble (Dir. Radek Stopka) and during the past seasons he had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Danny Costello, Melissa Kings and Simon Eichenberger.


The focus of my class is to explore physicality through working with elements of balance, our bodies in the space and the influences of rhythm and music. My class is structured in two parts, a warm up and a short choreography. The first half of the class aims to activate the dancers body and mind in preparation for the choreography sequence. The warm up, inspired by classical ballet technique, includes sequences of plié, tendu, jete, rond de jambe, fondu, grand battement or cloches as well as floor work exercises. Additionally, the warm up includes combinations which focus on exploring various musical dynamics and rhythms. The choreography section of the class draws on various elements developed throughout the warm up. I aim to provide a clear connection of how technical aspects of the warm up are utalised to build, and perform the choreography. My choreography sequences explore ways of working between balance and off balance; depth and breadth in movement; movement through space as well as using variety in rhythms and dynamics. Sequences may include working as a group, or in pairs.