Italy - Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore "F. Filelfo"

The school

The IIS Filelfo in Tolentino is a state higher education institution that hosts the Technical Institute of Economy and the Classical, Scientific, and Dance High Schools. The Dance School “Francesco Filelfo” has been active in the Marche region since 2011. It is a vocational high school where the passion for dance meets the study of artistic culture and the fundamentals of knowledge. All high school subjects are complemented with the specific subjects of the dance address, generating a unique and original course. The teachers of the professional subjects are all graduated from the National Academy of Dance in Rome, and the teachers who provide the live musical accompaniment are Conservatory graduates.

Performing arts at school

The Lycée Coreutico alternates theoretical and practical subjects in a curriculum structured over 5 days a week with two-afternoon returns. In the two-year course one studies Ballet Technique (6 hours), Contemporary Dance Technique (2 hours), Music Theory and Practice for Dance (2 hours) and the Dance Laboratory (4 hours) where dance theory and anatomy are also approached.

At the end of the first two years, the student may choose to study more in-depth Ballet Technique and the Classical Choreographic Workshop or to study contemporary dance more closely. The subjects History of Music (1 hour) and History of Dance (2 hours) are also introduced in the three-year course.


The IIS Filelfo in Tolentino is involved in the PERFECT project because it is particularly attentive and interested in offering effective and alternative  educational activities. Teachers and students use the performing arts, humanistic culture, and high school knowledge to train the mind and body. The school curriculum explores artistic languages to activate self-awareness and perception and cultivate discipline and an effective working methodology in each area. The school, teachers, and students can offer and wish to receive from the project a concrete confrontation to get involved and cultivate knowledge and skills.

The students involved

Bearing in mind the peculiarity of our institute to provide for the creation, development, and performance, the project involves both the two-year classes and the three-year classical and contemporary courses from the age of 15 to 18. It should be noted that all the classes of the dance school provide for a greater presence of the female component.

Until now, I had never done an Erasmus project and I didn't think it was so interesting, innovative, and curious. Having the opportunity to express myself and to relate to people from other countries has been like travelling without having travelled.
Emidia Cacciani
I have really enjoyed this experience, especially because starting from the simple characters represented in the paintings, we went beyond the action they were performing by imagining a real choreography inspired by them. It was like seeing a work of art come to life.
Viola Pollonara

The School Team in PERFECT

  • Laura Alici. Italian Language and Literature, History and Geography
  • Valeria Baresi: Contemporary Dance, Choreographic Laboratory, Dance Laboratory (Workshop, Anatomy, Movement physiology) and History of Dance.
  • Isabella Calcaterra: English Language and Literature
  • Alice Castori, Chiara Cirilli and Andrea Ercoli: Dance Theory and Musical Practice for Dance and Accompanying Teacher in the Dance Hall
  • Concettoni Roberta: History of Art
  • Alba Tiberi: Ballet Technique, Choreographic Laboratory, Dance Laboratory (Workshop, Anatomy, and Movement physiology) and History of Dance.
Proposing and planning activities in line with the educational and didactic function, but alternative and fruit of comparison between Nations, arts, and cultures, has been truly stimulating for me and my students. We tried to listen and observe in a different way to focus and activate concentration and intention through the performing arts.
Alba Tiberi
Creating a cultural product from a comparison of different countries, cultures, and histories helps not to take for granted what one has imagined and at the same time not to stop at the first intuition. The work in progress, the possibility of reshaping what is outlined over time is a challenge that is stimulating and productive on a creative level.
Valeria Baresi

This project has been funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Convention No. 2021-1-IT02-KA220-SCH-000027801.