“Mr. Gabriele” Tesfa-Guma is a native of Ethiopia and was raised in Italy. Gabriele has a career in music as well as in dance. He received his dance training from teachers like David Howard, and schools like Ballet Academy East, The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet , Philadanco, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Gabriele danced internationally with many companies, including Joffrey II: The Dancers, Alpha Omega, Takaski Watanabe (Japan), and was a lead dancer with Philadanco for seven years.
He has been teaching a variety of dance techniques such as ballet, jazz, modern and hip-hop at the Rock School for Dance Education, and for their outreach program at Sheppard Elementary and Ludlow Elementary. Gabriele also teaches for the Kimmel Center Outreach program at schools like West Philadelphia High School, Nueva Espera Charter School and Middle Years Alternative middle school (M.Y.A.)
In addition to his experience as a teacher, Gabriele has choreographed and taught workshops at schools like University City Arts League, Music In Motion (St. Croix -U.S. Virgin Islands), Bryn Mawr College, School of the Future, Point Breeze Academy for the Performing Arts, Ballet School of Central Pennsylvania (State College, PA), Martha Merideth School of Dance (Syosset, Long Island), Philadanco, and more.
Mr. Gabriele is very excited about lending his passion and experience to help shape young, passionate, and talented dance students at Addicted 2 Dance and believes in the power and benefit of dance training for the shaping of all children.
See Mr. Gabriele in action in this Adult Ballet class: