Filippo, born and raised in Florence, Italy, grew up passionate about the arts. At 16, he had the choice of pursuing music or dance more seriously. He ultimately, chose the latter and moved to the north of France to study at École du CCN de Roubaix. From France he was accepted into Ballet Junior de Genève in Switzerland. His time in Geneva changed his perception of what dance could be. Working with choreographers Alexander Ekman, Yuval Pick, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, among others, enabled him to explore contemporary dance from a multitude angles and refined his identity as an artist. His interest moved towards the rich dance community in Holland. Attracted by the repertoire, international touring, and an opportunity to work with an internationally diverse group of dancers, Filippo landed a job with Introdans in Arnhem, Holland. Apart from working with renowned choreographers Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs, Twyla Tharp, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and others, one of Filippo’s fondest memories was a long-term dance collaboration with people with Autism and special needs. After four years in Holland, Filippo wanted to explore other communities and experience another group dynamic. He auditioned for Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, Germany and chose to accept the position because of the fresh and positive environment created by director Karl Alfred-Schreiner, also a former dancer of Introdans. Although Filippo had fulfilling experiences working with choreographers like Marco Goecke, Christopher Roman, Toni Rizzi and many others, he felt it was time to leave the role of “dancer” and start prioritizing other things in life that inspired him. He began teaching in Munich and discovered a passion he didn’t know existed. Teaching gave him a means to give joy to people in a very direct and immediate way and led him to appreciate all of the experience and knowledge he has within him. He is thrilled to be in Columbus to share his unique perspective on dance.