A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Carla Fazio is a 2002 graduate from Rhode Island College with a degree in dance. While at RIC, she worked with several noted choreographers, including Clay Taliaferro, Janis Brenner, and Sean Curran. She also had the opportunity of presenting RIC's first dance Honors project where she produced a full length dance performance of original choreography. She is currently teaching modern dance, ballet, and creative movement at High Steppin Dance Studio, and working with students from Woonsocket High School.
Update - August 2005
Carla has been in New York City for the last year working on a Masters in Dance Education at new York University. She is currently teaching dance at a city summer camp for young children. She will get he MA in Dance Education next May with a K-12 Certification and will be choreographing and presenting work this fall in the school's Master's Concert. In addition, this fall she will be a teaching artist for two dance outreach programs in the city.
posted 07Nov03/updated 23Mar04/12Aug05
Of Finnish and Swiss descent, Erja was born and raised in Switzerland. She started her dance education at seven to help overcome an injury, and her first lessons were from the City Theater in St.Gallen, Switzerland. In 1968, she debuted with the City Theater Company in One Night In Venice. Staying with the company until 1974, she performed in numerous theater and ballet productions. In 1974, she received a scholarship for the Sibelus Academia in Helsinki, and moved to Finland where she studied Modern and Jazz dance, Mime, Drama, and Voice. In 1976 Erja returned to Switzerland continuing her education at the Colombo Dance Factory in Zurich and later at the University of Zurich. During this period she founded her first dance company, The Zurich Dance Connection(1982-1985). At the same time Erja continued to teach dance and fitness, adding prophylactic back fitness from ten years of training at the ETH Zurich (Technical University Zurich) where she holds diplomas in Massage Therapy and Modeling. She studied jazz technique with Matt Mattox, and became an advocate of his methods. Her dance style very much reflects his influence. In 1985 Erja, with her then husband and their two children, moved to the U.S. where she became a dance consultant and assistant coach for the Gymnastic team at the University of Rhode Island. She also started the dance and movement program at River Bend Health Club in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. In 1990 she founded her second jazz dance troup-The DanceArt Company. Between 1991 and 1994, Erja owned and managed the DanceArt Forum, a dance school, located in Narragansett. She received a BFA degree in Theater Management (1995). She continued to work as a freelance teacher and producer in both the New England area and her native Switzerland until 1996 when she re-opened the Dance Art Forum (now Dance Forum) in the Hamilton section of Wickford as a home for the DanceArt Company. In 2000 she returned to Switzerland and in 2003 opened a DanceArt Forum Switzerland, but comes to Rhode Island several times a year to teach workshops and, when necessary, perform massage for aching backs and shoulders.
(posted 23Feb01/updated 05Aug02/18Jul03/18Jan05)
Wendy C. Fish began her ballet training in Connecticut as a scholarship student at The Northern Connecticut Ballet. She also received early training at The Boston Ballet School and at Burklyn Ballet Theatre. After leaving Connecticut in 1989, she danced professionally with Ballet Omaha, Ballet Iowa, Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania and Ballet Idaho. Most recently she was a company member with Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA in Sarasota, Florida and Quebec City, Canada. In addition to her performing career, Wendy has also pursued a career as a teacher of classical ballet. She has taught at the Ecole de Dance in Sarasota, Florida, The Belltown Ballet Studio in Seattle, Washington, the Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania School and at the Ventura Ballet School in Ventura, California. She has experience teaching all levels of ballet and has also worked as a rehearsal coach and choreographer. Wendy returned to Connecticut in 1996 and has been the Artistic Director, with David Lawrence, of Connecticut Concert Ballet since 1997. She is also on the faculty of The New England Dance Conservatory, The Northern Connecticut Ballet and Dance 10 and has also been the company teacher for the Sonia Plumb Dance Company and for Tim Martin Choreographies. In 2001, Wendy joined Island Moving Co.
Dancing and performing since the age of four, Mark Fisher toured with the Breakdancing group Futurtive of Five while still in his teens. He has shared the stage with James Brown, Arethra Franklin and Naughty by Nature. Mark has taught breakdancing and the hip hop culture at the Carriage House School and throughout Rhode Island, and spent a year teaching in New Mexico for the National Dance Institute and various community centers. settings for the past four years.
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Teacher,Dancer,Assistant Director,General Manager,Ballet Mistress
Born in Split Croatia while her parents, Herci and Myles Marsden, were members of the Croatian National Theatre, she came to the United States when only six months old. Taught by her parents from the age of two, she became a trainee at State Ballet at age eleven, and at thirteen a member of the company. Later she was privaleged to be accepted at the Royal Ballet School in London England. When she returned to Lincoln, she became a soloist and then a principal dancer with SBRI. Ana has danced major roles in numerous State Ballet productions, among them Nutcracker Suite(as Dewdrop), Giselle(Queen Myrtha), Graduation Ball, Giselle, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty where she performed the Blue Bird pas de Deux. In 1970, Ana toured Croatia with the State Ballet. She played the lead role in the premiere of the original ballet Phantomgreen (based on the Princess and the Pea). She has appeared as a principal dancer with the Providence Opera Company in Faust, Aida, Carmen, La Traviata, The Merry Widow, and Oklahoma. With the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, she danced in Carmina Burana. As a teenager, Ana was privaleged to dance the role of Grahn in Pas de Quatre (1975) and directed by her godfather the late Sir Anton Dolin. She has performed with the Atlanta Ballet and was a guest artist with the New England ballet. The Narragansett Times called her "...a perfectly lovely dancer to watch". "The Providence Journal said "As Swanhilda, Ana is alluring. She has a lovely oval face and limpid extension of line and characterization". She has choreographed for State Ballet, serves as its General Manager, and is the Assistant Director. In addition, she is an instructor at Brae Crest School of Classical Ballet in Lincoln, teaches master classes at Rhode Island and Massachussetts schools, and is the children's ballet mistress for visiting professional ballet companies.
WEBSITE: State Ballet of Rhode Island
Michelle Fridley is the Dance Team Director for Gaudet Middle School in Middletown. In 2005, the team had it's first season. She is also the organizer of the Rhode Island Dance Team Coaches Association which seeks to establish statewide competitions and championships.
WEBSITE: RIDTCA and Gaudet Middle School
Glen Fracassa photographed Fusionworks.
ADDRESS: 31 Graystone Street/Warwick RI 02886
(posted 12Feb01/updated 6Apr01)