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Stralusc at the FourMagazine Project
The show funded by Regione Lombardia ‘STRALUSC’ created by Gisella Zilembo, which stars Andrea Cheldi, Beatrice Risiglione, Mike All and Ester Papini went on stage at the FourMagazine Project in Vicenza, thanks to the invitation of Free Harmony Dance Time SRL – dir. Lidia Stragapede.


Among the students of the Artistic Residences MAB 2024, the M Posa. Francesco (teacher of reference for modern technology) selects Alessia Boccagni and Denise Boccagni (Teatro Oscar Milano – dir. M. Cagnani), Andrea De Giosa (Pas De Deux- dir. P. Tedone) , Giuseppe Fava (Liceo Coreutico G. Verga Modica.- dir. A. Moltisanti ) and Alessia Bertoldi (Asd ARABESQUE – dir. A. Sormani) , for the realization of a choreographic project, at Carducci Association of Como. The creation, entitled “Awakenings”, brings young dancers closer to the world of professionalism, also through a video production path, dedicated to the national and international circuitry of the performance.

Amici Maria De Filippi

10 February 2024
Gisella Zilembo, General Manager of MAB, participates as judge for the Dance sector to “Amici di Maria De Filippi” broadcast on channel 5, to identify the winner of a scholarship, offered by Ass. MAB to the dancer who most distinguished himself in the improvisation competition. To win the opportunity to participate in the Turku Dance Camp 2024 ( at the University of Applied Sciences of the Finnish city, is Dustin, a student of Alessandra Celentano.
Guests of the episode, as experts in the field, always for the Dance sector, the Maestro. Daniel Ezralow and for that CANTO: J-AX , the Maestro. Beppe Vessicchio, Gaetano Curreri and Mauro Russo.

February 2024: MAB USA pre-selection

The preselection for the third edition of MAB Usa continues, which will take place in New York on 28 (semi-finals) and 29 (finals) March, at the KNJ Theater, in Manhattan. The jury, composed of leading names on the international scene (Igal Perry, David Parsons, Nikki Holck, Melanie Person, Dandara Amorin Veiga, Giuseppe Bausilio) will evaluate the young talents who will reach the Big Apple, to pursue the MAB dream. Among them, also the Italians Andrea Cheldi (already winner of MAB Italia 2023), Noemi Cobelli (already finalist MAB Usa 2023) and Simone Bellia (promising Sicilian dancer, identified by Gisella Zilembo during the first edition of Eduardo Dance Competition – dir. art. Francesco Annarumma – held at the Teatro Eduardo De Filippo in Arzano – Naples, 24 and 25 February).

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MAB15: A legacy that is future

MAB was born in the perspective of “transformation”, “evolution” and “looking ahead”. It does so from the very moment in which it sublimates the human experience of a far-sighted Woman, prematurely deceased and always in love with Life, young people and Ballet, in a project that serves the new generations and Classical Dance, for fifteen years, celebrates the idea that Art is a clear expression of the most precious values of existence itself.

This is a legacy, gathered with visionary strength by Maestro Roberto Fascilla, founder of the event and translated into a precise programmatic dimension by General Manager Gisella Zilembo, who was the creator, at the request of President Silvio Andrea Beretta and his family. It is a project, celebrated by “his city”, the Milan in which he was born and which has awarded him the highest civic honor, The Golden Ambrogino, and today known and appreciated worldwide.

MAB is the son of a great dream and the tireless work of many, to make it true.

MAB’s synergy and understanding with the iconic personalities of the International Ballet (which have always been recognized and gathered in the name of Mrs Etta, committing themselves as jurors in the different stages of the competition, with the responsibility to accompany with rigor and honesty the path of those who, over time, have ventured on the stage of the Teatro Manzoni) has built the future of many current stars of the ballet scene, which at MAB owe their debut and, as they often say, their own “luck”.

Among the finalists and winners, to give some examples, Nicoletta Manni and Timofej Andrijashenko, Emma Mardegan, Angelo Greco, Antonio Casalinho, Rebecca Storani, Linda Giubelli, Claudio Coviello, Oscar Valdez… among them also how many, from an idea of the outgoing director Julio Bocca, shared with the MAB management and welcomed by the 2024 board, one of the personalities called to succeed him at the head of the artistic committee of the fifteenth edition : Salvatore Manzo (First winner of the MAB Prize and now winner of the San Carlo in Naples). At his side in the jury, for the final 2024: Giuseppe Bausilio (whose podium of MAB earned the opportunity to fly to NY and become the first Billy Elliot in the history of Broadway, inaugurating a career admirable worldwide), Flavia Stocchi (first to win the title in the junior category and now professional in strength at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome), etc…

The idea of the Maestro Bocca, fully in line with the nature of MAB is that the Dance is such if alive and vital, deeply rooted in tradition to be able to project courageously into the future: for the fifteen years of the Prize, which bases its DNA on Classical and Neoclassical Dance, “looking ahead” means declaring the deep sense of the legacy of the Great Ones who made its history and reading its dynamic power.

The Ballet remains an intrinsic and essential object of the event, the Great Masters remain points of reference in the various stages of the event, which during the final celebrates the invaluable contribution, with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a passing of the baton to the winners of the first editions.

Not only that: the artistic direction duplicates and consolidates the founding idea that DANCE is ONE and that CLASSICAL is the essential basis, as such capable, with its lexical rigor and its precise poetic quality, to create avant-garde.

Thus, according to a vitalistic principle that intertwines tradition and innovation, roots and perspectives in line with the world of the current scene, is entrusted to a young étoile (Salvatore Manzo, in fact), exponent of the “pure classical world” and to an artist worldwide known for having practiced the contamination stage as the key to an extraordinary choreographic language, unthinkable regardless of a solid technical basis matrix Classical: Lizt Alfonso.

Classic is, in itself synonymous with universal: something that is able, in its titanic essence, to survive time and space, declining to the folds of human experience without losing its identity, able to evolve precisely in the name of the ability to “speak” outside and above circumstances.

MAB Award, for fifteen years it intends to support young people, promotes the Ballet and, for this, remains strictly focused on the Classical and Neoclassical world: foundations and springboard of a living legacy, which is itself, future.

15 years at the service of talent, in the name of a great dream

2024 is, by association MAB, a special year, that of its fifteenth anniversary: an important moment and an opportunity for reflection on the future, but also on the roots of a reality now present and recognized throughout the world, which is born from daily commitment, unshakeable and passionate of many, with the firm intention of celebrating talent, through the magical human kaleidoscope of Classical Dance, in the name and thanks to the example of Mrs Etta.

MAB is the acronym of Maria Antonietta Berlusconi, but it is first and foremost, an ethical heritage: the desire to be at the service of young people and their dreams, with the responsibility to make them true, to give hope by building perspective, as in the intentions carried out by the founder and first artistic director, the master Roberto Fascilla.

On this basis, the 2024 edition of the International Prize of Classical Dance (conceived by Gisella Zilembo, at the request of the Beretta Berlusconi family), celebrated at the Gala of the AIEF Association for Childhood and Adolescence (pres. Tommaso Varaldo), at the Castle of Lucento, on 19 November.
During the evening, next to Albano Carrisi, in the presence of an audience composed of prominent personalities, including Mariella Enoc, perform three young talents MAB: Chiara Liberto, Ismaele Narcisi and Noemi Cobelli, with a firm will to establish socially meaningful connections.

Immediately thereafter, the MAB management flies to Finland on an official visit to the Turku Municipality and the City Polytechnic, to lay the foundations for a collaboration, aimed at strengthening the links between the realities involved, promoting Art as a prerequisite for a healthy society.

So, at the return, on the occasion of the celebrations of December 2 at the Papermoon Garden in Milan, the President, Silvio Andrea Beretta, announces the transformation of the Award “Joy of Dancing – Sabrina Beretta” in a donation to the Charity Partner, inaugurating a tradition that reinvigorates the social character, always essential for the association.

Just the cut strongly intended to highlight the link between Art and Philanthropy, December 7, is worth to the Association MAB the Civic Merit Ambrogio d’oro, awarded by the city of Milan, at the Teatro Dal Verme.

At the same time, the 2024 Call for Proposals is launched and the names of the artistic directors of the 15th year are announced (exceptionally two, on the occasion of the important event):
Lizt Alfonso (who take up the baton of Julio Bocca and prepares to welcome in Cuba a delegation MAB in early January, for the special MAB Habana, in collaboration with Ballet Beyond Borders) and Salvatore Manzo (first winner in 2010, recently named Etoile of the Teatro San Carlo of Naples. To him, the honor of leading, during the final of June 9 at the Teatro Manzoni, the jury composed of the triumphants of the first editions).

In the meantime, the formative appointments continue, for the young people who choose dedication to study and are passionate about dance knowledge.

On December 15, at the Teatro Manzoni, the show “What i Want for Christmas”, announced on TV by Federica Panicucci in Mattino 5, co-produced by Influendo srl, conceived and directed by Gisella Zilembo, as a result of a workshop of Theater Coaching and Mindfulness applied to the Performing Arts. Among the protagonists, Noemi Cobelli, Andrea Cheldi, winner of the MAB Prize 2023 and Ester Papini, finalist in the same edition, who share the stage with artists of different backgrounds and emerging talents of the MAB circuit.

Also in December, Gisella Zilembo, meets the students of the Liceo Coreutico Candiani Baush, to illustrate the history and intentions of Ass. MAB and conduct a seminar, in collaboration with Francesco Posa.

At the same time, at the convention center of AC Hotel by Marriott Milan Sesto, dozens of young dancers from all over Italy take part in intensive courses, valid for access to Artistic Residences (theoretical and practical in-depth events, held at the Arcimboldi Theatre in Milan, in collaboration with accredited training centres) and receive a surprise message of encouragement for their further training at MAB, Marianela Nunez, connected from London.

At the start of the Artistic Residences, in the dense programming of the association, is combined, in January, in addition to the official visit to Cuba, President Silvio Andrea Beretta, General Manager Gisella Zilembo, Claudia Zaccari and the teacher Patrizia Tosi, the traditional appointment with Igal Perry, with a special Masterclass Audition, in Turin (at the affiliated studio MAB Magdeleine G), for admission to the educational programs of Peridance, famous New York Academy.

It is at PERIDANCE that, during the spring study trip and in conjunction with the third edition of MAB USA, at the KNJ Theater, in March, the international certification program for teachers will be launched, dedicated exclusively to the owners of the centers belonging to the circuit schools MAB. It is a project of the highest importance, for the ratification of the skills of teachers, with a certificate of professionalism issued by a training center of undisputed world reference.

In February, meanwhile, a delegation composed of the dancers of Teatro Oscar at Studio Danza Arabesque (always MAB accredited schools) will be guest, representing the network, the Performing Arts Academy of Huittinen, led by prof. Evan Schoombie, thanks to the international study program directed by Gisella Zilembo.

Although it is only the beginning and the coming months promise great news, the calendar full of appointments of MAB, back to mean the history of the Association as that of a culture of “doing”, in the name of a great dream: that of Mrs Etta, who has been living and growing in his beloved children for fifteen years.

19 November 2023 MAB celebrates its 15 years participating Gala AIEF, at the Castle of Lucento (TO)

Turin: magical city, perfect setting for dreams to be realized.

29 April 2023, on the occasion of the World Day of Dance, Piedmont in Dance, directed by Krizia Zuccaro and Giuliana Carello appoints godmother of the event Gisella Zilembo (general manager of MAB, with whom the event shares the attention to young people and the belief in the social value of Art).

In Piemonte in Danza, Ass. MAB comes into contact with AIEF, Foundation for Childhood and Adolescence, chaired by Tommaso Varaldo, whose vision is immediately shared, always promoted by MAB President Silvio Andrea Beretta and Gisella Zilembo, together with the technical and artistic committee: involve the BIG to help the small.

The occasion comes with the AIEF 2023 Gala, November 19, at the Castle of Lucento.

MAB turns 15 at the same time.

To begin to celebrate this important anniversary in such a special evening is a living expression of a great dream, of Mrs Etta Berlusconi and Maesteo Roberto Fascilla: to give space and listening to young people, to support them in their human commitment through Ballet .

In the national circuit of MAB schools, are selected to dance at the AIEF Gala, the young talents directed by Mara Fasulo – Art and Passion Academy (Chiara Liberto and Ismaele Narcisi) and by Barbara Ante – Event Dance Bolzano (Noemi Cobelli). The dancers are seated on the same stage, on which the same evening Albano Carrisi sings and is awarded the dr. Enoc, for a precious and indispensable cause: to be concretely at the side of children and young people.


This year MAB has been nominated for the Ambrogino d’oro, as Milanese excellence in the world ✨

The City Council, for 2023, has awarded the gold medal to individuals only and the “Civic Ambrogino d’oro merits” to associations and organizations.

MAB is among the 15 winners!

We all are, in our history and in our actions in support of Dance and youth!

Thank you always to the Beretta Berlusconi family; to the large MAB family; to the administration led by Dr. Merlini; the secretariat led by Dr Frisone; the World Stars of Dance, today led by Maestro Julio Bocca, who have always supported us; Mediaset and Mondadori; the Teatro Manzoni to be always “our home”; to the schools, to the teachers and to all the boys that continue to believe and to make; to all the technical and artistic team, for the engagement, the will, the trust and the determination, in rendering true the great dream of the Etta lady, of the dear Sabrina and the Teacher Fascilla

W la Danza

With immense esteem and deep gratitude
Silvio Andrea Beretta and Gisella Zilembo

Dance for Social

On 30.09.2023, MAB will participate in the initiative “Dance for Social”, under the patronage of the City of Carate Brianza. Lorella Formica, a member of the Association’s academic board, will speak as a spokesperson for MAB to explore significant themes related to the value of Art and Ballet in promoting fundamental human principles for civil society.

18 September 2023

It was held at the Teatro Manzoni in Milan the press conference on programming 2023/24, masterfully conducted by the director Alessandro Arnone, in the presence of an audience interested and involved, which has counted eminent personalities of the world of culture, of Entertainment and Communication, including the MAB president, Silvio Andrea Beretta.

The presence of artists came to meet spectators and journalists, in view of a season full of titles and content.
Among the events on the bill “What I want for Christmas”, the Dance Party-Show of Gisella Zilembo, born at MAB, as a result of an international laboratory of Theater Coching, which involved experienced dancers and young talents, in an intense coordinated synergy, by EventiDanza and Influendo Productions.

The result is a performance inspired by the atmosphere of Christmas, to the notes of the most famous Christmas music. The appointment is at the theater on December 15 at 20.45, for a collective party, which aspires to return the deep social nature of the Theatre, in a joyful and calvinianamente “light”.