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Celest DiPietropaolo has over 25 years experience as a professional musician, and has researched traditional village music and dance from the mountains of southern and northern Italy for the past 15 years. He has exhibited this music at all of the major festivals in the Washington, D.C. area, including those sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, Folklore Society of Washington, and the Italian Embassy. Celest has 30 years experience dancing international folk dance, including dancing and playing with Italian, Balkan, Scandinavian, Polish, Bulgarian, and Swiss performing groups. He has taught Italian traditional dances for the past 20 years all over the United States—7 regions, 16 states, and 25 cities, including Florida Folk Dance Camp, Friends of International Folk Dance Weekend in New Orleans, Annual Mendocino Folklore Camp 1994, and Annual Chicago Festival of Folk Dance. He founded the Italian Folklore Group of Washington and was its director for 18 years. He, also, was one of the founders of the Italian Folk Art Federation of America and served as its chairman of folk dance for many years. Celest, mathematician and linguist, born and educated in Chicago, working as a computer specialist for the U.S. Navy, spends his free time researching, teaching, and exhibiting Italian traditional music and dance.


Marie DiCocco has over 25 years experience as a professional musician, including performing with Italian, Austrian, Balkan, and Bulgarian groups. She has ten years experience in training and arranging music for choral groups in the Washington, D.C. area. Marie has been an indispensable and integral part of the planning, research, and analysis of the Italian traditional music effort conducted by Celest since 1983. She has 15 years experience researching, teaching, and exhibiting italian traditional music, including dance workshops in 10 states across the United States. Marie spends her free time working as a professional musician and a researcher, teacher, and exhibitor of traditional Italian music.

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