Past Scholars


Dario Natarelli

Born in Vail, Dario Natarelli began his dance training at the age of four and he began intensive training in tap at the age of seven with the Colorado Chapter of the St. Louis Hoofers Club. Soon after, he moved to New York. He was awarded a full scholarship to The School at Jacob’s Pillow in 2014 and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Candidate through YoungArts in 2016. Most recently, he made his off-Broadway debut in Tappin’ Thru Life. Dario graduated LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City as a Drama major and now attends Penn State University as a Musical Theater major.


Elena Heiss

Elena Heiss began Flamenco at age eight at the National Institute of Flamenco (NIF) Kids Camp in 2006. In 2014, she received the Princess Grace Dance Performance Scholarship. She performed at the Vail International Dance Festival (VIDF) in 2014 and was the inaugural Scholar in Residence under the Direction of Damian Woetzel. She has continued her intensive studies with Masters Antonio Canales, and Manuela Rios of Spain.

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