editor,expressive arts therapist
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Writer,Dance and Theatre Critic,Journalist
William Gale was the long time Dance and Theatre critic for the Providence Journal as well as a strong advocate for Rhode Island dance. On December 2nd 2001, he announced his retirement from The Providence Journal, but continues to free-lance and his theatre arts website - TheaterNewEngland.com has opened as of September 2002. He continues to write a column for Backstage-a New York theatre newspaper, and has been an Dance evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts. In August 2002 he interviewed musical theatre star Shirley Jackson for a Cox 3 television. In 1991, he wrote "After a decade as a theatre critic and two decades writing for newspapers, it's not too much to say that I was thrilled when I found dance a few years ago. Coming from a world of words, I fell in love with the beauty of pure movement, with what I felt were emotions beaming in directly without verbal wrapping...Those nights I watched George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco or any number of works by Paul Taylor, sent me spinning off into a world of beauty and sensations that I hadn't known existed."
posted 02Feb01.updated 15Sep02
Kerry Gallagher dances for Fusionworks, and trained at the School of American Ballet in NY City and the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga. While at SAB she performed with the New York City Ballet in the works of Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Jacques D'Amboise. Kerry attended Providence College and worked with AnnaMaura Silverblatt and Co. before joining Fusionworks in 1992.
In 2002, she moved to Hartford and left Fusionworks.
As of 2001, a ballet dancer with Cadence Dance Project, Dorothea Garland trained at New England Ballet under Edra Toth and received her BA in dance from Mercyhurst College. She has danced with the Columbia Classical Ballet under Radenko Pavlovich, Erie Ballet Theatre, Lake Erie Ballet, and Ballet Theatre of Boston. In 2000, she was one of the dancers in the Reagle Players performance of Oklahoma! in Watham Massachusetts.
In early 2002, the Cadence Project dis-banded, and as of this time, riDance has lost track of this dancer.
ARCHIVE: April 27 thru 29, 2001-Danced in The Cadence Dance Project's Les Noces and Scarlet Tangents choreographed by Colleen Cavanaugh and performed at Wheeler Hall (corner of Angell and Hope) in Providence.
April 21, 2001-Danced in The Cadence Dance Project's Les Noces and Scarlet Tangents choreographed by Colleen Cavanaugh and performed at Green Street Studios 185 Green Street in Cambridge Massachusetts.
posted 01May01.updated 26May02
Drummer,Musician,Teacher,Expressive Arts Therapist
African,Authentic Movememnt (lRI,wRI)
Annie Geissinger M.A.,LMHC holds a Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley College, and has studied drumming and West African music since 1986. Currently she studies with master drummer Abdoul Doumbia of Mali, and in 1998 traveled to Mali West Africa with him to pursue her interest in African music. She had previously studied drumming in Senegal. She has thirteen years(1988) experience working with children and adults as an expressive arts therapist.Annie has lead drumming workshops and classes throughout New England, most recently at RISD's Children's Arts Camp and the WomenCircles annual retreat at the Rowe Conference Center in Rowe Massachusetts. She performs with Michelle Bach-Coulibaly's dance company New Works/World Traditions Dance Theatre. She teaches drumming in various locations throughout Rhode Island. When not drumming, Annie directs Drum Sisters, a women's performing group, and is a founding editor of A Moving Journal, an international publication on Authentic Movement.
WEBSITE: A Moving Journal
Clowning, Performance Art of ALL kinds(lRI,wRI)
Adam G. Gertsacov is an internationally renowned theatre artist based in Providence RI. His original shows have played to standing-room only audiences from Boston to Brazil and Providence to Prague. As an actor, director, writer, teacher, and clown, Adam has plied his trades all over the world, including San Francisco, Buffalo, Minneapolis, New York, Montreal, Copenhagen, Prague, Sao Paolo,Brazil, and Santiago, Chile. He is the current Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland.
In Providence, he is a lead clown with the Pan-Twilight Circus and has worked with numerous theatres, including Trinity Rep, Perishable Theatre, Alias Stage, Big Nazo Puppets, the Real Fun Theatre, and at various fairs and festivals. Adam currently tours shows all over the world. Original shows and performances include Buffoon Anonymous, Acme Miniature Circus, the Barbie Oedipus, and a dance piece entitled Clown's Reverie.
He has appeared as clown in residence (as Doubledown the Gamblin' Clown) at Foxwoods Casino and Resort, and in 1998 was invited to perform at the International Circus Festival ANJO DE PICADEIRO (Angels of the Circus Ring) in Brazil.
Adam has received several awards for his work, including a RI State Council on the Arts Grant for his solo show the Acme Miniature Circus . That show was named Pick of the Litter and #1 Sure Bet at Fringe Festivals in Montreal and Minnesota, and has appeared to stellar reviews and sold-out crowds wherever it has played. As Professor A.G. Gertsacov, psycho-entomologist and flea-trainer, Adam has been a guest on national and international radio and television in the USA, Australia, South America, and Japan.
Adam has collaborated with several world class artists, including George Coates (in his award winning production of Waiting for Godot) , mime artist Daniel Stein (in an original piece titled Pushing the Envelope), and with Czech Clown Ctibor Turba (in a project for Czech television). Adam has also participated in master classes and workshops with numerous leading clown and physical theatre luminaries including Dario Fo (Nobel Laureate), Bill Irwin (MacArthur Fellow), Carlo Mazzone-Clemente, Ferrucio Soleri, Avner the Eccentric, Fred Curchak, Tony Montanaro, Bolek Polivka, and RonLin Foreman, to name a few.
As a teacher/educational artist, Adam has extensive experience teaching for children and adults. He has taught clowning and gag-writing in workshops and residencies at over a dozen of Rhode Island's finest schools. He is on the RI Arts-In Education Roster , and the Touring Roster for Rhode Island and New England. In 1998 Adam was a guest artist and master teacher in residence at the Instituto de Chileno Norteamericano in Santiago, Chile.
Adam is a graduate of the Ringling Bros. Clown College, The Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, the Trinity Rep Conservatory, the University of Pennsylvania (BA), Rhode Island College (MA), the Bryant College Entrepreneurship program, and the Boston School for Bartending, making him the most educated clown in America (barring certain elected officials!)
Adam is the artistic director, boss clown, chief bottle washer, and Big Cheese of the Acme Clown Company. He has had book reviews published in the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog and the Whole Earth Review, and is the author of the best-selling children's book Rhode Island A to Z. He has been the co-host of the Theatre conference on THE WELL, an online community, since 1992.
ADDRESS: 14 Imperial Pl #303/Providence, RI 02903
PHONE: 401-351-CLWN (401-351-2596)
WEBSITE: ACME CLOWN
From Jamestown, Danielle Genest began studying ballet at the age of three with Mike Ohlsen and the Newport Academy of Ballet and grew up dancing with the Island Moving Company where she is now on the staff. At 17, she joined the Hartford Ballet, dancing there for three years. She next performed and toured with the New York Theatre Ballet, where she choreographed a work of her own and taught ballet classes for children. Danielle has worked with Cadence Dance Project, Spindle City Ballet, and Gleich Dances of New York City. Currently, she is a company member and chreographer for Island Moving Co and is on the faculty of the Newport Academy of Ballet.
ARCHIVE: March 17,2001 performed in Island Moving Company's Spring Forward in three pieces Date to be Determined, Under a Sheltered Sky, and Deconstructing Cole Porter.
posted 18Mar01.updated 21Jul01
Mary Reavey Gendreau is a member of the Arabella Project, and owns and operates the Loft Dance & and Movement Studio. In 2003 along with Laura Strandberg Bennett, she founded the WestSide Dance Project in collaboration with the American Dance Legacy Institute (ADLI).
She is a graduate of Bryant College and has been involved with RI's modern dance scene from its heydey to the present.
ARCHIVE: See riDance History for a 1975 newspaper article on a performance by the Modern Jazz Dance Company and the Rhode Island Dance Repertory Company with an accompanying photo of Mary Reavey Gendreau and Carl Hardy.
July 20, 2001 performed with the Arabella Project in The Good, the Sad and the Ugly and Not So Fast as part of Island Moving Co's 2001 Flight of Steps dance series held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.
March 3,2001 performed (and along with Catherine Bodner, designed and created the costumes) in the premiere of The Good, the Sad and the Ugly at The American Dance Legacy Institute's Winter Mini-Fest Dance Concert Ashamu Dance Theatre Brown University. She was the principle dancer in the Slam Dance section of the dance as well as dancing in the other two numbers.
posted 3Mar01.updated 19Aug03
Director, Teacher, Choreographer
Arlene Gilbert has been teacher, choreographer and producer since the founding of what was The Classical Ballet Studio in Woonsocket, RI, in 1966, and she now owns and operates The Jasper School of Dance. Her dance training began when she was very young at the Judith Maxwell School of the Dance. By age 12 she was a member of the First Junior New England Ballet Company. She studied with Herci and Myles Marsden and was a featured dancer with the State Ballet of Rhode Island. She was a Dance Major/Piano Minor at The Boston Conservatory. During her career, she has served on the Board of Directors to the RI Ballet Theatre, the New England Ballet Company and Dance Alliance of RI. She has adjudicated pageants and dance competition including Little Miss RI, Miss Teen RI, Western Canada Miss Dance Pageant and the Alberta Regional Performing Arts Competition. She has coached successful pageant entrants and has taught master ballet classes in the US and Canada. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, and she is recipient of the Talent America 1988 Talent of the Year award for outstanding choreography. In 1988, she founded the Dance for Heart Talent Showcase to benefit the New England Affiliate of the American Heart Association and was awarded both the Volunteer of the Year award in 1994 and the 'Special Recognition Award' in 1999. She is author of SIXTH POSITION, a handbook for dance teachers, and she appears in the June 1990 issue of the nationally published magazine Dance Teacher Now. In 1995, she founded The Jasper Ballet, a nonprofit ballet company in support of people suffering the effects of AIDS. Her work continues to inspire the youth around her to apply their cultural interest and talent toward teamwork, self-discipline, commitment and growing into responsible caring young adults.
ARCHIVE: See also Ann-Marie Normandin - Assistant Director of the Jasper School
ADDRESS: Jasper School of Dance/3344 Mendon Rd/Cumberland RI 02864
WEBSITE: JASPER SCHOOL OF DANCE
Erin Gildea is a charter member of Rhode Island's Ballet Theatre. She has studied classical ballet at Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy for nine years, where she volunteers as a Teaching Assistant. In February 2001, she auditioned and was accepted to the four week summer program at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Over 1000 international students vied for the 150 slots which could lead to an invitation to attend the National Ballet School's Professional Ballet/Academic Program. Erin also auditioned and was accepted to the Kirov Academy, in Washington DC, the Nutmeg Conservatory in Torrington CT, and the Walnut Hill School summer of 2000. Erin was also one of only 30 New England dancers to be selected to attend a master class in January of 2001 taught by the world famous ballerina, Suzanne Farrell. Erin's performance experiences with Rhode Island's ballet theatre includes Dream Catcher, Merlin's Magic, Celtic Reflections, Saltimbanco, Debut, 123 Etc, Hansel & Gretel, and Alice in Wonderland. She also appeared in the 1995 and 1996 Moscow State Ballet productions of Nutcracker and the 2000 Dance Prism production of Nutcracker. She attends The Wheeler School in Providence.
Alejandro Gomez began his ballet studies in Venezuela at the Instituto Superior de Danza. In 1986 he joined the Ballet Nacional de Caracas where he dances in an array of works choreographed by Vincente Nebrada including Our Waltzes, as Espada in Don Quixote, and as Paris in Romeo and Juliet. He subsequently performed with Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas under the direction of Zhandra Rodriguea performing works by Shu San Goh, Hans Van Manen, and Donald McKayle. Alejandro toured South America, Europe, and the United States with these companies. He has also danced with Minnesota Ballet Theatre and as performed as a guest at the International Ballet Festival of Miami and the Dance Festival of Joinville in Brazil.
In Rhode Island, he has danced with Cadence Dance Project, which disbanded in early 2002, and continues to dance with Island Moving Co.
posted 02Feb01/updated 10Jul02
Michelle Kerri Gonya did the choreography for Providence College's sold out version of Anything Goes offered in November 2000, as well as the choreography for URI's Pippin which was performed in November/December 2000.
Liselle Gottlieb is a modern dancer, trained through the dance program at Sarah Lawrence College. She has been dancing and performing with the Arabella Project since 1999.
ARCHIVE: July 20, 2001 performed with the Arabella Project in The Good, the Sad and the Ugly as part of Island Moving Co's 2001 Flight of Steps dance series held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.
March 3,2001 performed in the premiere of The Good, the Sad and the Ugly in Slam Dance at The American Dance Legacy Institute's Winter Mini-Fest Dance Concert Ashamu Dance Theatre Brown University.
WEBSITE: SARAH LAWRENCE DANCE PROGRAM
posted 4Mar01/updated 21Jul01
Irish Dance, Step Dance (wRI)
Deidre Goulding's father was from Ireland as was her mother's parents, so when Deidre started dancing at the tender age of four, it should come as no surprise that it was Irish dancing. She took lessons and performed and competed throughout her school years including college. She began her school - The Goulding School of Irish Dance and in 1993, earned her certification as a teacher for competitive step dance. She graduated from Salve Regina College and worked in the their Admissions office until joining Riverdance in 1996. She toured with Riverdance for a year and a half, before returning to her choosen vocation, the teaching of dance to young people.
ADDRESS: 71 Terrace Road,Medford Massachusetts 02155
WEBSITE: INTERVIEW IN 1998
Sharon Gouveia started dancing in Cumberland RI, at Sabrina's School of Dance and ended up in Vermont after going to school in New Jersey. She did an internship in Vermont and fell in love with the place. "I started Appalachian clogging when I was working in a little health food store and heard all this banging around upstairs. Boxes of cookies were falling off the shelves. So I went upstairs to find out what was going on, and soon joined the group. I started dancing with Flock because my next door neighbor is Flock's director, Carol Langstaff. I live at the end of a long driveway at the end of a dirt road in a town of about a thousand people, so moving in next to the home of a dance troupe was luckier than lucky!"
Kim E. Greenberg is 43 years old and has been dancing all her life. When she was 18 she studied Jazz with Jeremy Anderson in Boston, Massachusetts for many years. For over 10 years she has been taking Jazz with Debbie Brzozowy now of Studio 34. Kim also studies Ballet with Herci Marsden at Rhode Island State Ballet. She has been performing with Studio 34 since it was founded in 1994. Kim has been doing her own choreography for many years, as well as performing the faculty choreography of studio 34. Kim has collaborated with Hiko, a composer/pianist. Her dancing through his music has taken on a life of its own; an interpretive style of movement expressed from her thoughts, feelings and spirit. Hiko's music has given Kim the venue to share with others a vision of remembering the spirit through movement. Kim and Hiko have developed a program called Intimate Expressions, which helps restore the artist in each person. Using music and movement as, they create a safe environment to express the spirit through creativity. This program is brought into the school systems. Adult workshops are also available. Kim is a lifelong spiritual partner to Peter D. Greenberg and mother of three inspiring children, Ashley, Brandon and Thomas. She credits her on-going passion for dance and spiritual growth to her supportive loving family. ARCHIVE: ROLES
WEBSITE: AUGUST 2001 BLOCK ISLAND TIMES ARTICLE
Letitia Guerrero is a native of Venezuela and studied dance extensively in Caracas. She had performed with numerous ballet companies in South America and the United States including Ballete Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Michigan Ballet, Charleston Ballet, and the North Atlantic Ballet. She has danced major roles including The Black Swan (Swan Lake), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), As well as works by Alvin Ailey, Sir Frederic Ashton, Hans van Manen, Dennis Nahat, and Glen Tetley. She has also guested with Margot Parsons, Ballet Theatre of Boston, and West Coast Ballet. She performed with Cadence Dance Project from 1998 until it disbanded in 2002. She continues to work with Cadence's director, Colleen Cavanaugh.
In 2001, Letitia had a little girl. She taught at Joanne Langione Dance centre, Ballet Arts of Winchester and the Sally Gould Dance Centre while taking class with the Festival Ballet company for which, she says, she will always be grateful.
Leticia was called in to perform the lead role in Misha Djuric's toDay (May 2003) when the original lead was injured. With only twenty four hours to learn the piece, she won raves from the dance community when ToDay premiered on Friday May 2nd 2003 (see RiDance Reviews). In August 2003 she joined Festival Ballet Providence.
posted 02Feb01.updated 09Feb04