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1st edition MAB USA

The 1st edition of MAB USA was held in August 2022 in Los Angeles.

After enormous success in Italy, the prestigious MAB international award has reached the United States, with a delegation led by President Silvio Andrea Beretta and General Manager Gisella Zilembo, generating much interest and enthusiasm among the participants. This all-new edition was organised in collaboration with the “BBB-Ballet Beyond Borders” (President Charlene Carey), at the “Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center”, with a line up of outstanding judges and guests from all over the world.

MAB Artistic Residencies circuit schools were also involved, with Ballet Mistresses Giulia Malvezzi and Patrizia Tosi taking classes as MAB guest teachers at the Californian “Redondo Ballet One” school in Los Angeles, as part of an international cultural exchange programme alongside well-known ballet faces such as Caridad Martinez (The Havama ballet, CUBA), Chan Hon Goh (Goh Ballet, Canada), AMHAD Jouded (Syria- DACH, Netherlands) and many others.

During the final Gala, Gisella Zilembo’s choreography “Stelle a’mare”(Stars at sea), created during the MAB 2022 Summer Camps, with dancers from Italy and the USA, was performed as a tribute to the human values promoted by the association.

The 1st edition MAB USA winners are: • Primavera – Julia Jacobson (Canada)

• Juniores – Jasmine Potter (Canada)

•Seniores – Piper Leistiko (USA)

•Special Award – La Gioia di Danzare (The Joy of Dance) “Sabrina Beretta” – Nathaly Riezk (Siria)

La Bellezza Salverà il Mondo

On 28 October 2022, Milan played host to “La Bellezza Salverà il Mondo” (Beauty Will Save the World), the event conceived by Gisella Zilembo and organised by EventiDanza, for the MAB Association, in collaboration with TAM Teatro Arcimboldi Milan. During the day, the masterclass audition took place for admission to the 2023 MAB Artistic Residencies, overseen by Ballet Master Matteo Levaggi. After the event, the 180 participants took part in a Meet & Greet at the Teatro Arcimboldi, exclusively reserved for circuit schools, with Gianmario Longoni (Artistic Director) and Paolo Rota (Technical Director).

To end the day, they attended the performance “Variazioni di Bellezza” (Variations of Beauty), a Teatro alla Scala production.

The initiative is a further example of MAB’s intention to support, promote and raise the profile of Ballet and its socio-cultural impact on young people and the wider public.

Finland Summer School

In August 2022, a delegation of teachers from the MAB Artistic Residencies school circuit took part in the professional development CAMP in leadership and management in the performing arts, at the “WFC-Performing Arts Academy” in Huittinen (Finland), under the guidance of MAB General Manager Gisella Zilembo (former teacher and coordinator at the Finnish institution) and professors Evan Schoombie and Christian Hannikainen

Italian winners MAB Prize, Maria Antonietta Berlusconi 2022

WINNER Spring category (ex aequo with foreign entrant Tiffany Jocelyn Ong): Lorenzo Dinon

WINNER Junior category (ex aequo with foreign entrant Ha Eun Kim): Sarah Maione  

WINNER Senior category (ex aequo with foreign entrant Haryn Kim): Alessia Dilva Bacchin

WINNER in Entertainment category: Silvestro Palmiero


During the evening, two important awards were presented, created for Ass. MAB by artist and designer Ivan Nadin:

PREMIO ALLA CARRIERA (CAREER AWARD), to mark 40 years on the stage, for artistic and cultural merits to the prima ballerina ALESSANDRA FERRI

PREMIO AMICI DI MAB (FRIENDS OF MAB AWARD), for his constant support for young people and valuable support for the association’s activities, to CARLO GORLA (Mediaset Information Programme Development Director)

Privately, Silvio Andrea Beretta, President of Ass. MAB received from the artist Dolores Puthod a lithograph portraying Ms Fracci, who has always been a generous and passionate member of the PremioMAB cast.

The historic work by Dolores Puthod was part of the lithographic folder and exhibition ‘Homage to the Teatro alla Scala in its Bicentenary 1778-1978’

Health protection

For the best protection of health of all participants in “MAB, International Ballet Award, Maria Antonietta Berlusconi 2022”, the international jury will be dedicated, together with a representative of the Italian jury, to the video selection and the Italian jury will be dedicated to the activities in PRESENCE, together with the Artistic Director and Chairman of the Technical Committee, M° Julio Bocca.

This is also to ensure the smooth course of the various steps of the event, excluding possible delays related to the pandemic and/or the delicate international situation, that could compromise travel to and from other countries.

As for these reasons, foreign competitors will participate in video.

For maximum fairness, then:
To the Competitors residing abroad is dedicated Gioia di Danzare Price (2.000,00 euro as details soon online)


XX Federprofessional Italia
“Plume Preview” by Gisella Zilembo goes on stage.
In the cast, coordinated by GisellaZilembo_EventiDanza students and ex alumni of the MAB Artistic Residences
Costume design: stylist Greta Valigi