Ilaria’s passion and love for Tarantella and other Southern Italian folk dances started in Italy at a very young age, as she grew up surrounded by traditions and folk music. She has most recently explored Tarantella with professional Italian teacher and choreographer Antonella SciaraBballo. Ilaria intensively studied the dance as well as its traditions, its origins, the symbolism behind the dance and the rituals of the movements.

Ilaria is also very passionate about other dances like Persian Classical Dance and Belly Dance which she studied with International instructors.

Ilaria teaches beginners Tarantella classes as well as beginners belly dance classes.
Ultimately Ilaria believes in the power of dance as a means for healing and


Celebrating Dance is an annual dance festival held each October at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon. It is the only belly dance festival in the UK that is held in a 3 Star hotel and has a strong reputation for its friendly & fun atmosphere, offering quality workshops from international stars and popular UK-based teachers. It was created and run for 16 years by International Teacher & Performer Afra al Kahira & John F Hancock. Although Afra & John remain on the team, from 2017 they have handed over the reins to new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore a well-respected Teacher & Performer.

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