Gyrotonics master Pino Carbone studied ballet from the time he was an infant. He danced professionally throughout the world, in places like Hong Kong, Finland, and New York City. He was born into a family of dancers; his uncle of the same name worked as headmaster for La Scala’s ballet in Milan. In 2004, Carbone was awarded Geneva’s international inventor’s prize for designing equipment that improves the ‘biological mechanics’ of athletes and ballerinas. His training system, Bodycode, is part of the BostonBalletSchool’s course work and was adopted in 2005 as the Chinese National Dance Company’s official method. Twenty years ago, after a career as a dancer and choreographer abroad, Carbone returned to Italy to introduce Gyrotonics to Florence. His studio, Il Vortice, is the oldest Gyrotonics studio in the world.