About Us

Our Story

The Calgary Italian Dancers “Gli Azzurri” was established in 1987. We are proud to have showcased our culture at various performances around Calgary, Canada and abroad. Below is partial list of our many performances.

Local performances:

  • 2017 – 2019 Calgary Stampede Prelude (2017 Best of Prelude Winners!)
  • Bridgeland’s Passegiatta
  • Abruzzese Banquet
  • Calabrese Banquet
  • Spruce Meadows Christmas Market
  • European Film Festival
  • Curefest
  • Crossroads Community Multicultural Festival
  • Calaway Park
  • Lilac Festival
  • Seniors Facilities
  • Local Schools
  • Global Fest Calgary
  • 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games – Opening Ceremonies

Performances Across Canada and Internationally:

  • Kimberly, BC Oktoberfest, International Folk Festival
  • Kelowna, BC Canada Day Celebrations
  • Penticton, BC Canada Day Celebrations, Peach Festival
  • Edmonton, AB Klondike Days
  • Halifax, NS 25th Annual Multicultural Festival
  • Montreal, QC Italian Week Festival
  • Thunder Bay, ON Italian Festival
  • Orlando, FL Disneyworld, Epcot, Universal Studios, Downtown Disney, Dance the World Disney
  • Lethbridge, AB Italian Canadian Cultural Center
  • Italy – Various cities and towns throughout Italy in 1998 & 2005
  • Regina, SK Mosaic: A Festival of Cultures 2019
  • New York, NY – Dance the World Broadway 2023

Our Vision

DANCE FAMILY
To instill teamwork, dedication and commitment to the Calgary Italian dancers.

CONFIDENCE
To instill and build confidence in our dancers to believe in themselves and each other.

LEADERSHIP
To actively provide guidance to our young dancers and empowering them to be future leaders.

GROWTH
Building strong relationships within our dancers and the community to continue the growth of the Gli Azzurri.

Our Mission

The Calgary Italian Dancers is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and building Italian culture through dance and music. We strive to promote pride and confidence in our dancers while sharing the joy of Italian culture across all communities.

We honor the spirit and energy that our ancestors brought to Canada with traditional and modern folk dances.