School Year 2016-17
Principal Ballet Teacher
"Suddenly came "Faith" and the whole ballet was lifted to a higher level. Much of the exhilaration came from the dancing of Xavier Ferla"
"Ferla raises the bar with trim leaps and serpentine footwork"
"a ballet background has strengthened the line, elevated the center, enhanced the allure and upped the risk taking"
"alone would be enough to make this dance a gift of joy"
San Francisco Examiner
Xavier Ferla, a Swiss native, began dance at the age of four with the Academy of Geneva. At 12 years old, he continued his studies with Serge Golovine principal dancer and professor
with l' Opera de Paris. At the age of fourteen, he won a scholarship to join Hamburg Ballet School under the school direction of Truman Finney.
In 1985, he won the prestigious Prix de Lausanne world ballet competitions in New York which enabled him to finish his studies with a Rolex Company scholarship.
He was engaged by Maurice Bejart, director of the Ballet of the 20th Century, where he was promoted into his first principal role within two months.
He accepted principal contracts with Berlin Ballet under the direction of Peter Schauffus and The Royal New Zealand Ballet. He also worked as a freelance artist for many companies in Sweden,
Denmark, and the United States. He created pieces with reputable choreographers such as Maurice Béjart, John Neumeier, Sir Kenneth Mc Milan, Christopher Bruce, Alonzo King, Peter Schauffus, Matz Skoog, Kristof Pastor,
Pascal Touzeau, Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark, Yannis Adoniou, Meg Stuart, Karole Hermitage, Valéry Panov, Patrick King. In 1988, he joined Alonzo King's Lines Ballet in San Francisco.
As a dancer, he knew he would pass on his knowledge and continue his passion through teaching. His teaching parallels his exemplary professional career. He collaborates and creates with his wife, Maggie Parungao - Ferla, at their school, Dance Theatre International. Besides being Dance Theatre International's Principal Ballet teacher, he is a freelance teacher invited to teach in professional dance companies internationally such as the Dresden Ballet in Germany, the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm and the Tokyo Ballet with the Sylvie Guillem Tour. He was called to be an official judge for the Prix de Lausanne world ballet competitions.