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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The number of participants and length of the workshop can be customized to your needs--one day to 10 days is possible.

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Experience the healing power
of the Tarantella rhythms & dance with
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist
as she proudly announces her 
14th Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy   
Rhythm is the Cure
August 17 to 24, 2015
 in a splendid Renaissance Villa in the magical hills of Tuscany, Italy 
Featuring Tarot puppet-making classes led by Puppet Artist Gaia Pescetti
Location: La Chiara di Prumiano
A beautiful 17th century villa set high in the rural hills of Tuscany's Chianti Classico vineyards, hosts our group of about twenty-five women and men who come from all over the world.
As their guest, you'll stay in a spacious and comfortable room that boasts windows with shutters that open onto the surrounding shimmering olive groves.

La Chiara's Extraordinary Food
Sharing meals together is a special part of each day, and the cooks at La Chiara take this tradition seriously by preparing exquisite breakfasts, lunches, and dinners using old and new concepts in Mediterranean cuisine.
The ingredients used include grains and legumes, fresh fish and free-range meats, and of course, seasonal vegetables-many grown organically right on the premises. Each meal contains dishes pleasing to vegetarians and non-vegetarians and organic Chianti wine made at a local  vineyard.
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Rhythm is the Cure is a 7-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, and break the imaginary "spiderweb" of the subconscious mind.

Alessandra has helped transform many people's lives through the years, and a film about this powerful workshop will be soon available.   

Taught by Internationally renowned percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni the objectives of the workshop are:


--To introduce the participants to an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.


--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna bringing women back in touch with their drumming tradition.


--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points and  stay grounded.


--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.    


Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:


TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. 

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.  


RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.


TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Bacchus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8

rhythm while wearing masks and playing castanets.

Southern Italian tambourine & frame drum lessons on documentary Brooklyn bike By Lee Free: 

Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean drum creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Using also ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna  and the Goddess of Water and Love (Yemanja/Madonna del Mare). 


Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.


Cultural Excursion:

An excursion will also take place to the nearby medieval walled city of Siena where we'll visit the Black Madonna in the Duomo, followed by a pilgrimage to one of Tuscany's little-known treasures, the Abbey of San Galgano, a spectacular ruined Cistercian gothic abbey, where the participants will experience a special drumming ceremony. At sunset we will drum while walking up the hill to the extraordinary Hermitage Montesiepi, which has another powerful Black Madonna.
 Tarot puppet-making classes ***3rd YEAR!*** Game Within the Game
During the week in Tuscany, each morning before Alessandra's drumming and dancing teachings, Gaia, owner of La Chiara di Prumiano, will lead special puppet-making workshops.
Participants will chose a Tarot card at the beginning of the week, whether a Magician, a Star or the Moon, and will work with that card's symbolism as they create their own puppet representation.
Using colorful fabrics, paints, feathers, and flowers, participants will create their unique puppets to take home as part of their transformational experience.  

Gaia comes from a lineage of master theatre artists and has developed her own style of Tarot Puppetry. Truly a unique opportunity!

The Rhythm is the Cure Experience:

Rhythm is the Cure is a transformative week filled with intensive study, play, and joy. It's a time shared with new friends you'll cherish for years to come all while you are learning the thrilling powers of the Tarantellas of Southern Italy. You'll draw energy from the earth and sky of Tuscany, be delighted by the culinary delights and hospitality of La Chiara di Prumiano, and be inspired by the artistry and healing energy cultivated by Alessandra. And when you're not enjoying your lessons in the shaded outdoor studio, you might nibble take a dip in the refreshing swimming pool. The week ends with a final fire ceremony and a party under the stars. 



Join us for a week you'll always remember. Register today!



A $150 non-refundable registration fee is to be paid by April 30. The remaining fee of $550 is due by June 30.

The fee for the workshop is $700 
US (which includes all classes but excludes accommodations and meals)
Housing options include 3 spectacular meals: 

euro 500 for triple room

euro 560 for double room

euro 650 for single room

The fee does not include airfare or local transportation.


Total fee for workshop, lodging and meals is approximately $1,300 (triple), $1,400 (double), or $1500 (single)  


  1. Due April 30 - Tuition Deposit/Registration Fee (Non Refundable) - $150.00


2. Due June 30 - Workshop Tuition Fee Balance - $550.00 


Room Prices:

EU 500 - for triple room
EU 560 -- for double room

EU 650 - for single room
Must be made on site at La Chiara di Prumiano upon arrival


****PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 22 students****


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Payment may be made by check, credit card or PayPal  Checks or money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to:


Alessandra Belloni

1111 River Road, G-33

Edgewater, NJ 07020