Cryan/Timothy-lighting designer,stage manager
Studio Owner, Artistic Director, Dance Educator, Teacher, Choreographer
Ballet, Tap , Jazz, Modern
Patricia C. Callahan began dancing at the age of 3 at Gladding School of Dance in Newport, RI. Her mother, Mary F. Callahan, who was the studio owner at the time was her very first dance teacher. She was then fortunate enough to have Sheila Winter, her godmother and mother's business partner as her teacher during her teenage years. Tricia is currently the Studio Owner and Artistic Director of the same studio which is now located in Midlletown, RI. She continued her study of dance throughout high school where she was Dance Captain of the Rogers High School Performing Dance Company under the direction of Diana Dinsmore. After graduating high school she went on to earn a BA in Dance at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where she was a performing member of the George Mason University Performing Dance Company.
After college, Tricia returned back to Newport to begin teaching at her mother's studio and also began teaching in public and private schools around the state for Chance To Dance under the direction of mentors Marty Sprague and Helene Scheff. She also became a regular guest artist for the Rogers High School Performing Dance Company for whom she choreographed several works.
In 2002, Tricia began teaching dance on a full time basis at Hope High School in Providence, RI and was instrumental in reviving their dance program. She also taught the afterschool dance program at Moses Brown school at the same time.
In May 2005, Tricia became Studio Owner and Artistic Director of Gladding School of Dance in Middletown, RI. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Teachers Club of Boston, RI Dance Alliance and was the RIAHPERD Dance Educator of the Year 2002. She also helped to write the RI Dance Proficiencies which are used in public schools throughout the state.
Dancer, Massage Therapist
Originally from New Jersey, Frank Campisano received his early training under the direction of Edward Villella and the New Jersey Ballet. He also trained at the Tampa Concert Ballet and in New York City where he studied with Madam Gabriella Darvash and David Howard. After moving to Rhode Island, Frank joined the State Ballet of Rhode Island(1991). Since 1996, he has been with Festival Ballet and is currently dances chaacter roles. At Festival Ballet, he has been featured in The Nutcracker and created memorable roles as Jack in Carnvale of Animals and The Old Man in The Unicorn, the Gorgon & the Manicore. He is a member of the Boston-based Anna Mayer and Dancers.
He has danced in Coppelia, Pas de quarto, Sleeping Beauty, Don q, and the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, and has contributed to dance projects throughout New England and enjoys working with independent choreographers. In addition, Frank is a certified massage therapist.
WEBSITE: FESTIVAL BALLET & ANNAMYERDANCERS
Well respected dance and visual arts educator, Deanna Camputaro teaches at Central Falls and is a member of the Rhode Island Literacy in the Arts Task Force. She, along with filmmaker Don Mays and their students, run a very successful performance art program in Central Falls-the Urban Theater Lab which is an afterschool program that also includes opportunities for high school students to teach in the middle and elementary schools. The Urban Theater Lab and the affiliated Human Beings Dance Company perform in Central Falls and across the state with the goal of giving students a continuous ArtsLiteracy experience from the 6th to the 12th grade.
Gina has been dancing since the age of 3, taking a wide variety of classes, including ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. Her teaching experiences ranges from instructing children in ballet, jazz and tap, to teaching adult jazz and aerobic classes. She has performed in numerous dance recitals and local benefits. In May 2001, Gina coordinated a faculty talent show to raise money for the West Broadway Elementary School where she is a third grade teacher. Gina has choreographed the aerobic fitness dance production for the Rhode Island Junior Miss Scholarship Program for 1997 and 1998. In July, 2000 she performed in Bristol Theatre Company's production of Evita. Gina holds a Master's degree in Special Education from Providence College, and presently teaches jazz and aerobic classes to adults at Studio 34.
PHONE: 401-253-0334 (Studio 34)
ADDRESS: Studio 34/295 Harris Ave/Providence RI 02909
WEBSITE: STUDIO 34
posted 26Jun01.updated 21Aug03
Belly Dance, Middle Eastern, Dance Meditation (wRI)
Katherine Carbone has a passion for exploring and sharing dance to generate healing energy, personal empowerment and community connection. Katherine discovered the joys of belly dance (professional name Katerina) and afro-caribbean dance in 1993 and hasn't stopped dancing since. She has taught workshops and given performances at many community sponsored venues in New York City and now brings her passion for dance to Rhode Island. A firm believer in the healing power of dance, Katherine creates a safe space in her workshops for everyone to participate at their own level of ability, accept their bodies and celebrate their spirits.
In addition to teaching belly dance and afro caribbean inspired dance classes, she is a certified Dance Meditation teacher with the Dervish Society of America and a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Katherine leads Dance Meditation Workshops at All That Matters in South Kingstown and at Innerlight Yoga Center in Middletown. She and her husband, Christopher "Kavi" Carbone also teach a workshop in Ecstatic Dance and Sacred Chant at All That Matters.
Katherine Carbone is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Present Moment Arts Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creative and healing arts, based in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the project areas of Present Moment Arts Center is creating and sponsoring Gaia Gatherings - seasonal gatherings that celebrate the gifts of Mother Earth with songs, stories, dance and journeys of the imagination. Adults and children are invited to attend Gaia Gatherings dressed up as their favorite marvelous creature, element of nature, magical sprite, mythic creation or their own fabulous selves.
WEBSITE: ARTS IN CELEBRATION & ALL THAT MATTERS
posted 18Apr01.updated 11Apr03
Victor Carnesolta trained in Cuba at the Escuela de Artes in Camaguey and performed as principal dancer with the Ballet of Cuba of Camaguey. He has toured iternationally, dancing in Europe, Asia, South America, the former Soviet Union, and the United States. In New England, he has performed with Ballet Theatre of Boston and Island Moving Co. In 2001, he joined Cadence Dance Project.
Kim (Swihart) Carnevale is a native of Santa Barbara, California, and began her training with West Coast Ballet. She has also studied at the schools associated with Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Boston Ballet. In 1995 she was a finalist in the Spotlight Awards Competition, in 1996 performed with Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, and in 2000 was a member of Cadence Dance Project. As of 2001, she is a member of the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston.
ARCHIVE: See RI's Rebecca Arnold who also dances with Jose Mateo
WEBSITE: JOSE MATEO BALLET THEATRE
posted 29Jan01.updated 19Apr01
A Tiverton resident, Anne Tanzi Carty has studied modern and classical ballet over the past fourteen years in Providence, Europe and southeastern Massachusetts. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Trinity Repertory Conservatory, she has worked in fashion and jewelry design and now works as a decorative painter. Ann has performed with Big Nazo Puppets, the Spindle City Ballet in Fall River, and was a member of Beth Easterly's Current Dance Company in 1998 through 2002.
ARCHIVE: 27-28 October, 2000 performed with The Current Dance Company in three dances -I Wish That You Might Go, Landscape 3, and Details from the Garden at the New Bedford Art Museum.
Cherie Castro has been a member of Napua O Polynesia for many years, and has performed at events throughout Rhode Island. In 1996, Cherie was a participant in the International Hula Festival in Honolulu. She teaches Polynesian dance at the Carriage House School.
posted 26May01.updated 12Sep04
Carolyn Castro is the director of Napua O Polynesia and has studied Polynesian culture and dance for 20 years with Kuma Hula teachers throughout Polynesia. Ms Castro has attended the Kamehameha school of hula in Hawaii for language as well as dance. in 1996, she performed at the world famous International Hula Festival in Honolulu.
Over the years she has studied from from many of the Kumu Hula teachers including Aloha Dalire, Chinky Mahoe, Sonny Ching, Keith Awai, Lei Aloha Lim, Anna Linda Lampkin, Roiti Sylvia and others. She teaches Polynesian dance at the Carriage House School.
posted 26May01.updated 12Sep04
Ballet (ldRI, lRI, wRI)
Colleen Cavanaugh, MD, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, is a former professional dancer who began her studies in ballet at age four in Rhode Island. After graduating from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Art History, she moved to New York City where she studied ballet with Alfredo Corvino and modern dance with members of the Limon Company. Colleen performed in New York and Europe with several ballet and modern dance companies including Marcus Schulkind, Libby Nye, Lenore Latimer, Mercury Ballet, Rush Dance, and Daniel McCusker. New York Times critic Jack Anderson has called one of her performances "virtuosic".
After returning to Rhode Island to complete her medical degree from Brown University, Colleen continued to perform and choreograph.Inspiration for much of her choreography comes from her studies in art history at Wheaton College, her love of music, and her medical practice. She has presented several ballets in New York City as part of Ballet Builders and To the Pointe. Her ballet Unfinished Ballad was presented in Brussels, Belgium and Florence, Italy. She was the 1998 recipient of the Fellowship in Choreography from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Colleen is founder and artistic director of Cadence Dance Project, a contemporary ballet company based in Providence. Her works range from short solos to full-length ballets for both adults and families, and are set to a wide variety of classical and contemporary music. "Cavanaugh's prolific output shows no signs of stopping," says Johnette Rodriguez of The Providence Phoenix. Recent collaborations have resulted in Colleen Cavanaugh's being commissioned by the Commonwealth Ballet of Acton, Massachusetts to set her piece-Askew- on the company. Commonwealth Ballet performed this piece in the Dance on the Top Floor Showcase on March 17, 2001 in the Boston Ballet Building, 19 Clarendon Street, Boston.
Julie Cipolla has been working in theaters in Providence and Boston since 1989.
April 7 and 8, 2000 at the Carriage House / Around the Block 2000 /Anna Myers and Dancers
Dancer, Choreographer, Composer
Modern (bRI, lRI, sRI)
Liam Clancy is a native Rhode Islander now based in New York City. After completing a stint in the Navy, he went on to graduate from Rhode Island College . He never intended to dance but that changed after he took a class with Dorothy Jungels of Everett Dance Theatre. He moved to New York City to dance with Elizabeth Streb/Ringside.
Liam Clancy and Friends performed The Cadence Callers at The Carriage House April 2000.
WEBSITE: OFFOFFOFF.COM (Review of The Cadence Callers)
posted 29Jan01.updated 12Dec01
Ballroom (lRI, wRI)
I have always enjoyed dancing. As many young girls do, I started taking jazz and ballet. Then, when I was attending Emerson College I tried a class at Arthur Murray and got hooked on ballroom dancing. I continued on to pursue a degree in public relations and business management. My degree led to a job at a consulting firm, all the while dancing as a hobby. After a life of trying different career paths I realized I was always going back to dancing. I decided to make dancing my life's work. I was certified through the DVIDA program (Dance Vision International Dance Association) which is recognized by the national dance council of America. As I work through my continuous training process, I split my time between Boston and Nantucket. I became involved with Dance Nantucket both as a student and a teacher. In Boston I gave private lessons to individuals and wedding couples helping them choreograph their special day. I now continue to learn and teach independently.
PHONE: 617-480-0732 & 401-682-2272
WEBSITE: EASTBAY BALLROOM
Teacher, Faculty, Choreographer
Elaine Colaneri is the founder of the Carousel Dance Studio and the Modern Jazz Dance Company Center of the Arts. Elaine began studying dance at a very early age and by the time she was a young teen, her love for dance had become a passion that changed her life. One of Elaine's first instructors and the biggest influence in her life was Doris Holloway, who exposed her to some of the greatest instructors of our time. Elaine began studying in New York City with tap legend, Henry LeTang and continued studying with him for over 25 years, traveling back and forth to New York on a regular basis, in addition to bringing him to RI to conduct workshops for her students.
Elaine studied with other tap talents such as Leon Collins, Jerry Ames, Mary Jane Brown, Josh Hilberman and Diane Walker, just to name a few. Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines have also visited Elaine's studio to conduct workshops.
Elaine's jazz background is second to none. She studied in New York City with such amazing choreographers as Matt Mattox, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Ron Forella, John Mederios, Nat Horne< JoJo SMith, Barry Weiss, Jay Norman (an origianl cast member of West Side Story), and Peter Gennaro, choreographer with theoriginal productions of West Side Story and Annie. These outstanding dancers visited Elaine's studio is RI on several occasion to conduct workshops for her students.
Elaine founded the Modern Jazz Dance Company in 1972. The Company traveled abroad, winning many competitions and performing all over the country. The Company frequented New York City with Elaine where the dancers studied with many of the great instructors that Elaine had the opportunity to study with. Several of her dancers have gone on to become professional dancers.
Elaine was an adjunct instructor at RI College for several years where she taught tap. She choreographed the RI COllege productions of Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Mama, Gypsy, My Fair Lady and The King and I. Other local theatre choreography includes Chicago and Pippin.
Elaine continues to study, attends many dance conventions and is constantly seeking new talent to learn from or share her knowledge with. She is a life-long member of Dance Educators of America and a member of the Dance Alliance of Rhode Island.
ADDRESS: 208 King Phillip Street, Providence RI 02909
posted 29Jan01.updated 30Dec07
Sandra Colavolpe is a graduate of Providence College and is currently working toward her Masters in Education there while teaching second grade in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District. She has been dancing since a young age and was trained at the Shoreline School of Performing Arts in Connecticut. During her undergraduate years she directed and choreographed many musicals at Providence College and has worked as the resident choreographer at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth RI for the past seven years. in 2007, along with Helen Correia, she founded The Feinstein Scholar Dance Academy in Cranston Rhode Island.
ADDRESS: The Feinstein Scholar Dance Academy, 2145 Broad Street,Cranston RI 02905
Valerie Cookson-Botto earned her MFA from Temple University in modern performance and choreography and a BFA from Southern Methodist University. Most recently, Ms.Cookson-Botto directed the modern program at the University of New Hampshire. She has been on the faculty of Festival Ballet since September 2000, and has choreographed two ballets for them, Peter and the Wolfe and The Unicorn, The Manticore, and the Gorgon.
PHONE: 401-353-1129(Festival Ballet)
Choreographer, Artistic Director, Co-Founder of Festival Ballet, Teacher, Faculty, Costume Designer,Dancer(r)
Winthrop Corey, Artistic Director of the Mobile Ballet Company and summer faculty member of the Joffrey Ballet School, holds the distinction of having been a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Corey, along with Cynthia Gregory of American Ballet Theatre and Judith Fugate of New York City Ballet, had the honor of coaching 20 couples from around the world for the 5th New York International Ballet Competition. He trained with many internationally ranked teachers including Maria Swoboda, Igor Schwetzoff, Vera Volkova, Erik Bruhn, Sonja Arova, Perry Brunson, and Daniel Sellier.
As a dancer, he is well known for his classical roles including the Prince in Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Swan lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Franz in Coppelia, the Prince in Cinderella, Prince Florimund and the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. When he was with the National Ballet of Canada, Rudolph Nureyev created the diamond variation of Sleeping Beauty for him. Corey also danced opposite Nureyev in Jose Limon's classic work The Moor's Pavane. Time magazine stated "Winthrop Corey teamed with Nureyev in the chillingly effective performance of the Moor's Pavine", and Clive Barnes of the New York Times added "Corey, excellent in every way, a performance with style and authority".
As a guest teacher Corey has taught at Brown University, the University of Iowa, George Brown College, The Ruth Mitchell Dance Company in Atlanta, the Summerfest School in Grand Rapids, and has been a frequent faculty member of Boston Dance Teachers Club and Dance Masters of America. Corey was a founder and co-director (with his then wife Christine Hennessy) of Festival Ballet. He has staged and choreographed full-length productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Seeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Giselle, and Swan Lake. His repertoire includes Seppuku, Mein Himmel, and Huapango. Corey's original work Dracula premiered in April 1998.
As a costume designer, Corey is noted for his designs for Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet. Corey is also well known for his design and construction of the classical tutu, through his company, Winthrop Corey, Ltd.
Helen Correia is an Independent Learning Aide for the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District. She was the artistic director of Mahoney Dance Expressions in Rayham Massachusetts for 17 years. She was trained and certified by Dance Masters of America and Dance Teachers' Club of Boston. Helen is the mother of 7 children ad a resdent of Rehoboth MA. in 2007, along with Sandra Colavolpe, she founded The Feinstein Scholar Dance Academy in Cranston Rhode Island.
ADDRESS: The Feinstein Scholar Dance Academy, 2145 Broad Street,Cranston RI 02905
Seydou Coulibaly is one of Mali's leading dancers, teachers, and choreographers. He began dancing professionally at the age of twelve, with the Artistic Troupe of the District of Bamako, the capital city of Mali, and from 1980 through 1990, was the troupe's highest ranking actor and dancer. Coulibaly has won numerous awards at national Malian dance competitions. In 1988 he was awarded the title of Best Actor and Best Dancer in the piece-The Poor. In 1990 he was again awarded the title of Best Dancer, this time for his role in the ballet The Challenge. In 1992, along with the dance company Komme Djosse of which he is both founder and artistic director, he won a medal from the Malian Minister of the Arts.
Since emmigrating to America, Seydou has been teaching at Brown University, the arts magnet Roger Williams Middle School in Providence, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut, and at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has held the position of Artist-in-Residence at multiple schools throughout New England including The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, The Windsor School in Boston, Massachusetts, and The Swinburne School in Foster,RI. He teaches classes in Rhode Island which are open to the public are on Sundays at Ashamu Dance Center. In addition to his teaching career, Seydou dances and choreographs for Babemba USA, a world music and dance ensemble, and he has recently reestablished his company Komme Djosse in the United States.
Seydou was educated according to ancient tradition; receiving an education from village elders, traditional rituals, initiations into secret societies, and master dance teachers in the Segu region of Mali. As a result of his studies, all of his work is thoroughly researched and heavily steeped in folkloric tradition. With his knowledge, Seydou is able to maintain the distinction between Malian dance and culture and that of the surrounding West African countries. He and his wife Michele Bach-Coulibaly host yearly cultural trips to Mali (in August) to study drumming, dance, and Mande culture.
WEBSITE: SEYDOU COULIBALY
posted 27Feb01.updated 28Dec02
With degrees in religon and dance, it was pretty much preordained that when she moved to South Kingstown, Lu-anne Cox would find a position at Prout High School where she taught ballet and religion from 1997 to 2004. She runs Shoreline Dance which offers strongly technical ballet with plenty of warm up time for adults,teens and children.
ADDRESS: PO Box 318/West Kingston RI 02892
posted 14Aug01.updated 09Jul05
Jazz, Modern, Ballet (wRI)
Lindsay Craven is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher who currently resides in Warwick, Rhode Island. She is currently on faculty at Providence College where she teaches classes in ballet, jazz, and modern in addition to choreographing for Providence College's Dance Company. Lindsay teaches Dance History, Choreography, and technique classes at Salve Regina University as well. In the Spring of 2007 Lindsay established the Salve Regina University Dance Company. She will remain artistic director of the company and continue to set works on the dancers.
Lindsay moved to Rhode Island in August of 2006, just months after completing her MFA in Dance at the University of Arizona. Her studies there were concentrated in choreography, research, pedagogy and biomechanics. Lindsay taught beginning to advanced levels of jazz, modern, and theatre dance while at the University of Arizona.
Lindsay grew up in Buffalo, New York and began her dance training in the area. Her goal of becoming proficient in numerous jazz and modern styles led her to study with well-known dance artists across the country. Some of her most influential teachers and mentors are: Tom Ralabate, Amy Earst, Sam Watson, Doug Neilson, Susan Quinn, and Michael Williams.
She was able to perform extensively with both her undergraduate (SUNY at Buffalo, where she was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company) and graduate programs in addition to her work with a number of companies and festivals throughout the East Coast. Her choreography has been featured at numerous venues across the country including university concerts, art festivals, and dance-related conferences.
Adam has performed and choreographed in over 50 shows around the country. Favorites include; Singin' in the Rain, Assassins, 42nd Street, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pajama Game, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, as well as numerous productions of A Chorus Line. As a choreographer, Adam also teaches workshops in Musical Theatre Dance and Auditioning for the Musical Theatre. Currently in Rhode Island, Adam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Crowe is a musical theatre performer/choreographer from Narragansett Rhode Island. He has studied dance, voice, acting and has performed at such theatres as: Theatre by the Sea, Barker Playhouse, Saxton's River Playhouse, as well as many touring companies and cabaret venues. When Adam attended the University of Rhode Island, he not only performed in the mainstage production of A Chorus Line with the original Michael Bennet choreography, but also served as the dance captain for the show under the reins of Jon Michael Richardson, who performed in the Broadway version of the show, and Rita O'Connor, who worked extensively with Michael Bennet. Adam has taught Introduction to the Theatre at the University of Rhode Island and choreographed many shows and has also worked with the Narragansett School System Theatre department. Adam has created a musical theatre dance course for performers who are intimidated by the whole world of dance in order to give performers confidence about movement on stage. He is always looking to interested in new projects to collaborate on...feel free to contact him!
posted 17Feb03.updated 25Jan06
November 3, 1953 - February 4, 2002
Christina Cryan taught and coached Ballroom and Social Dance for twenty five years during which she competed in many world class dance competitions garnered many first place awards and ultimately achieved the title of Rising Star International Latin Champion. She was an active member of the Dance Teachers' Club of Boston, the National Dance Council of America, and served as a professional advisor to the Rhode Island State Games Ballroom Dance Competition as well as the Fairhaven Ballroom Dance Competition. At the time of her death, Christina was the Head Coach of the Brown University Ballroom Dance Team, a position she had held since 1993 and was the organizer of the Annual Brown University Intercollegiate Ballroom Dance Competition.
posted 29Jan01.updated 10Feb02
Lighting Designer, Stage Manager
Timothy Cryan graduated in 1999 from Rhode Island College with a BA in Technical Theatre, and is currently the Assistant Technical Coordinator for Dance at Brown University. He is a founding member of the Split Milk Theatre Project, and serves as their Lighting Designer and Technical Director. Some of the projects for which Timothy has done the lighting designs include All That is Between Us and the Shadow, Kate Chopin and the Story of an Hour(Spilt Milk Theatre Project), American Dance Legacy Institute Winter Mini-Fest (Ashamu Studio), Brown University Fall Dance Concert (Ashamu Studio), Forever Plain (North Country Center for the Arts), They're Playing Our Song (Pawtucket Community Players), Welcome to the Moon and Other Plays (RIC Growing Stage).
He has done the lighting design for many dance performances including works by Fusionworks Dance, The Martha Graham Dance Co and Deborah Jowitt.
posted 19Apr01.updated 23Jul07
Cheryl Cusick is the owner and Artistic Director of the Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre in Wakefield, and Director of the Terpsichore Dance Company, a multi-award winning competitive dance company comprised of dancers ranging in age from 9-18yrs. Her dancing career began with training at age four, and has since included performances throughout New England, California, Boston and New York in Television and theater circuits. Her dancing credits include studying with such dance greats as Gus Giordano, Luigi, Daryl Retter, Alwin Nikolais and George Balanchine to name a few. Cheryl studied privately with the late Mr. Barry Weiss of The Juilliard School, per his request. He was the famed choreographer of the I Love New York commercial presentation staring Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mr. Weiss also assisted Cheryl with her studies at The Juilliard School in New York City.
In addition to her dancing career, Cheryl was Miss Teen Ocean State in 1982, Miss Providence 1985 and Miss Providence County 1987. She captured the coveted title of Miss Rhode Island in 1987, and represented Rhode Island at The Miss America Pageant in 1988 in Atlantic City New Jersey, winning the Talent Award through the program. Viewing the program as a worthwhile scholarship program that afforded her great educational opportunities, she has since served as the scholarship and awards chairperson on the Board of Directors for the Miss Rhode Island Scholarship Program, and is currently involved in choreography and production.
Her educational background includes Rhode Island College Physical Education Major and Dance Minor, The Harvard University Summer Dance Center, Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy, The Boston Conservatory, The Boston Ballet, Broadway Dance Center NYC, Rhode Island's Ballet Theatre, STEPS on Broadway, PeriDance NYC and The Juilliard School. She has been an active member of the Professional Dance Teacher's Association and Dance Educator's of America since the age of eighteen. Since that time Cheryl has also;
*Danced the lead roles in productions of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, La Boutique Fantasque, West Side Story and Cats. Cheryl has judged many auditions for prominent Ballet Companies, such as The Boston Ballet School and Rhode Island's Ballet Theatre. Cheryl judged the Ocean State Talent Competitions from 1983-86 as well as many other well established Dance/Talent Competitions and pageants throughout New England and in New York.
*Directed and instructed the after school dance program for the Cranston Elementary School system from 1982-1984, as well as directed the Dance Rhode Island Jazz Company from 1981-1984: choreographed various musical productions for the Saint Patrick High School Drama Club 1982-1984, as well as yearly recital productions for Dance Rhode Island from 1981-1991.
*Produced and directed the Miss South County Regional Scholarship Pageant 1991-1994 as well as co-producing the Miss Western Rhode Island Scholarship Pageant. Both are local preliminaries to the Miss America Scholarship Program.
*Placed first in Hoctor's 1982 National Dance Competition in NYC where she competed against dancers from all over the United States and Canada. She was also a gold medallist in the 1990 Lion's Club Dance Competition, and was the Grand Regional Champion in 1992 at the Professional Dance Teacher's Regional Competition.
*Performed, modeled in and co-directed numerous fashion shows including the New England Bridal Extravaganza 1987-88, working with such stars as Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Corbin Bernson from LA Law, and Kristian Alfonso from Days of our Lives.
*Managed and Directed Dance Rhode Island (Scituate), Dance Rhode Island (Providence) from 1991-1996, and then her own Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre beginning in 1991.
*Directed the Dance program for the Rhode Island Scholar Athlete Games in July 2001.
Cheryl's success at such a young age is largely attributed to her ability to communicate with dancers and dance enthusiasts alike. Cheryl resides in Providence with her husband Councilman John J. Igliozzi Esq., and their sons Gian and Nico.
posted 08Jul01.updated 28Apr02