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Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY


Celebrating Italian and Italian American Women in New York. Produced by Vanessa Racci

75 minute show   $25 to  $30 ticket price yet (all patrons subject to $50 food and beverage charge) Location: The Laurie Beechman Theater - Downstairs at the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street Between 9th and 10th avenues) Performers:

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist  director, author Alessandra Belloni presents: 

 a special performance o: "TARANTATA" -featuring excerpts from the production SPIDER DANCE, South Italian Tarantella trance dances, ritual drumming and healing chants for the Black Madonna,Mara Gerety violin and dancers Francesca Silvano and Greta Campo.with  ALSO FEATURING  Vanessa Racci: Italian Jazz Singer Jenna Esposito: Italian Pop Singer  Regina Decicco: Comedian Maria Dimmino: Comedian


Tarantella Workshop

DAYA YOGA, 360 Jefferson Street, New York, NY


SUNDAY MARCH 8  - 8:00pm

Daya Yoga Studio 360 Jefferson St, New York, New York 11237

Early Bird $40 :: Day Of $50

Join us at Daya Yoga Studio for a day of experiencing the healing power of Southern Italian tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni. We’ll learn the traditional ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, in use for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. We’ll create a community healing ritual as our bodies move in ways that help us to open the energy points and stay grounded.

featuring : THE PIZZICA TARANTATA or Spider Dance– This erotic and dynamic ritual dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) in Southern Italy. The wild rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic tambourine 6/8 rhythm and singing. During the ritual each student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which means “ bite,” building up to a culmination where each student will enter the circle and lay down upon a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. The dance comes to completion as each participant dances their way out of an imaginary “Spider Web", achieve inner balance and relief of stress while restoring spiritual and physical energy is a major theme of this work.  

We’ll also learn a unique style of traditional Southern Italian tambourine playing, including variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella. These rhythms and movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration and expression of sound and dance, dating back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, and kept alive into the present. We will learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, traditionally done by women. Empowering women to get in touch with their ancient roots.

  MORE INFORMATION Observation on the tarantella. It has been used in Italy and the Mediterranean for centuries to cure people, mainly women, who suffered a form of mental depression known as tarantismo, attributed to the mythical bite of the tarantula. According to what Alessandra observed in her practice and personal experience in teaching healing workshops around the world, “tarantismo” may be defined as depression, suicide mania, hysteria, aggression, and sexual dysfunction resulting from sexual abuse. In modern day music therapy the tarantella rhythm targets especially women who have been abused and suffer from emotional and physical disorders, including cysts, dysplasia, irregular bleeding, and early menopause.

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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.

Contact Alessandra for more details and to discuss programming Rhythm is the Cure near you!

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Alessandra Belloni  REMO ARTIST

on line skype lessons on ITALIAN TAMBOURINE &  FRAME DRUMS technique Featuring the tarantella rhythms
ancient music & dance therapy 
 following her method on her book/DVD RHYTHM IS THE CURE
with Mel Bay Publications



$ 100 for 1 hour and 30 minutes

$ 75 each for multiple sessions (recommended 5 sessions)

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Available Languages:

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French


The women’s tradition of drumming in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean in general has been passed down through the ages since ancient times.  This is a course that puts students in touch with the roots of civilization in a meaningful, hands-on fashion.  Ritual drumming induces communication with the essential core and is of benefit to people in the performing arts and those who want to teach performing arts.  The course will enable students to learn to empower both themselves and others through the tarantella dance & rhythms.

These ancient forms of music and dance were used in all Mediterranean regions including Italy for centuries, to heal  mainly by women, who suffered a form of mental depression known as tarantismo, attributed to the mythical venomous bite of the tarantula spider.   According to what Alessandra observed in her  practice and personal experience in teaching healing workshops worldwide, “tarantismo” in psychological terms may be defined as different abnormal reactions due to the possible sexual abuse of the times. Some of these reactions can cause sexual dysfunction with  symptoms like  depression, suicidal  mania, hysterical reactions with aggressive behaviors. Now a days this form of music therapy targets especially women who have been abused and suffer from emotional


The presentation will begin as I introduce myself and my relationship to the music of Southern Italy.  I will present a brief overview of percussion in the Mediterranean and its roots in ancient times. 

We will trace this style of percussion through the ages, from its ancient Greek roots, through the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance, and its relevance today.  We will study and practice basic “tarantella “tamburello “ techniques:  holding the drum with emphasis on arm movement, hand technique for triplets, and the 6/8 and 4/4 rhythms.  We will also address the variations of hand technique from the different regions of Southern Italy as:

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm, played in honor of the Black Madonna, to accompany a beautiful ritual dance. Originated in ancient times for the Earth Mother Goddsses Cybele & Isis.

   ** Rhythm & Dance of San Rocco- a Medieval healing 6/8 rhythm from Calabria done in honor of San Rocco to send away the plague and danced in circle spinning.

Ends with final drum circle and whirling movements.

   Pizzica Tarantata , a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, played on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles as people frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice. This rhythm and dance date back to the ecstatitic rites of Dionysus, as Southern Italy was part of Greece known as Magna Grecia.

 The sessions end with healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna and the Sun.


  • ·         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 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

 Students who complete this course will

  • Be introduced to the rich rhythms of Southern Italy
  • Learn the history of this commanding tambourine style
  • Learn powerful Italian technique of Neapolitan tarantella

Length:   60  or 120 Minutes or more

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Example: Southern Italian tambourine & frame drum lessons

Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: interview