He’s a professional dancer and the principal of a dance academy, but he’s also dedicated to solidarity. That’s why you might have seen him taking part in so many football matches and charity events.
In the town of Brescia where he lives, when Albanian citizens think about solidarity, they think about him. Whenever he is needed, he comes forward without hesitation.
We are talking here about the professional dancer Leon Cino, who has not forgotten his roots and is always ready to help the town’s Albanian Association. This group was created to aid the integration of the many Albanian people who live in and around Brescia, and when Leon was contracted, he immediately agreed to become part of it.
We were able to speak to him at a meeting for the planning of a charity event in Brescia.
Thanks for coming, Leon.
Good morning. Thank you for having me.
Can you tell us how you first got in touch with the Albanian Association in Brescia?
I live in the area and they sent me an email asking if I would help the organization to become more well known by creating a show for them.
This made me want to meet them personally. When I did so, they told me about their many activities and projects with the aim of improving the integration of Albanian people in the city and province of Brescia and even beyond.
So I gladly accepted to create a charity show for them and this will take place on the 27th of November in the San Barnaba Auditorium in the Corso Magenta in Brescia.
That was very kind of you. May we ask who will be supporting this event?
I’m happy to say that as soon as I heard about the initiative I spoke about it to my colleague Beatrice Carbone, who is a solo ballet dancer at the Teatro della Scala, and she immediately agreed to be the chief ballerina.
Other friends and dancers who willingly agreed to take part are Alessandro Calore, Marina Quassia, Simone Salvaggio, Eva Capasso, Anna Chiaravallotti and Dylan Zuccarelli.
Their support made it an even greater pleasure for me to be hosting this show.
And the Atzewi Dance Academy, who you’ve recently been working with?
I am glad to announce that also they will be taking part in this event. The show will be very varied.
There will be traditional Albanian dancers appearing with us.
Tell us something about the Mirò Music school, where you’re the principal of the dance section.
The school has been doing very well, and in fact I’ve decided that one of the best students of the school – who is already at a professional level, in my opinion – will be joining the group of professional dancers in the show.
I love my students, and I devote a lot of time to them, and this 17-year-old girl has had excellent grades. She has shown great commitment to dance studies and this has produced great results.
So this show is not only great work for us teachers, it also allows us to give a very good opportunity to our best students.
Translated by Francesca Fazio