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Kaminsky/Michelle-dancer and teacher(cajun,zydeco,clogging),musician(fiddle)
Kanina-teacher,dancer(Middle Eastern)
Kaplan/Danny-teacher,dancer(ballroom)
Kaplan/Karen-teacher,dancer(ballet)
Kaplan/Lois-administrator,dancer(ballroom)
Katarina-dancer,teacher(middle-eastern)
Khalida/Iris-dancer (middle eastern)
Kim/Eunice-dancer(ballet)
King/Scarlet Lynne-teacher,choreographer,dancer(modern)
Kovatch/Karla-dancer(ballet)
Krassowskiy/Genia-dancer(ballet,ballroom)
Kuppers/Petra-educator,teacher,author (disabled dance,community) Kurmasheva/Vera-teacher,principal (ballet)


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y



KAMINSKY/MICHELLE
Dancer, Teacher, Musician, Fiddler
Cajun, Zydeco, Clogging, Appalacian Clogging
One of the musicians from the esteemed cajun group Magnolia, Michelle has been teaching cajun and zydeco dance for over 12 years at the various cajun festivals in and around RI as well as in her own group classes. She learned to dance and teach from Millie Ortego, native of Opelousas, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country. Her love for dancing started with clogging back in high school. She was a founding member of the Heartland Old-Time Dancers in Chicago, and performed with them for 10 years. Michelle has taught clogging at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, and the Cajun festival in Rhode Island. She can be seen clogging, wherever there is good music and she isn't playing her fiddle!
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PHONE: 401-246-2720
EMAIL: mkfiddle@earthlink.net
WEBSITE: http://www.magnoliacajunband.com/

KAPLAN/DANNY
Teacher, Dancer
Ballroom
Danny Kaplan began dancing many years ago, and has been teaching ballroom for fifteen years. He is a member of Dance Teachers' Club of Boston, and holds a Certificate from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance for Professional Demonstration of International Standard. Danny enjoys using his creativity, which enables his students to have great fun with show choreography. He has taught for the University of Rhode Island Ballroom Dance Club and has judged college and RIABDA. He currently teaches at Dancin' Feelin' in Cranston.
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(posted 08Feb02)
KAPLAN/KAREN
Teacher, Dancer
Ballet
Karen received her early training from Herci and Myles Marsden at Brae Crest School of Ballet in Lincoln. She danced with the State Ballet of RI for six years. While completing a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition at the University of Rhode Island, she danced with the URI Dance Company. She has since performed with the Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio, and most recently, with Studio 34 Dance Company.
PHONE: 401-253-0334 (Studio 34)
ADDRESS: Studio 34/295 Harris Ave/Second Floor/Providence RI 02909
EMAIL: studio34@mail.com
WEBSITE: STUDIO 34
(posted 26Jun01)

KAPLAN/LOIS
Administrator, Dancer
Ballroom
Lois Kaplan is a past president and vice-president of of USA Dance. She is a gold level amateur ballroom dancer.
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(posted 11Mar02/updated 23Oct06)
KHALIDA/IRIS
Dancer
Middle Eastern Fusion, Modern
Iris Khalida has belly danced at a wide variety of special events and private parties in RI and Massachussetts. She strives to bring high levels of energy and joy to this ancient, feminine art form. As a beginning dancer, before she’d bought belly dance music, Iris practiced to her beloved surf guitar CD’s. A little research revealed that the inventor of the genre, Dick Dale, is a Polish-Lebanese American. He learned Egyptian drumming as a child and discovered his signature sound by replicating the drum rythms on the guitar. In this performance, Iris Khalida, a mid-westerner of northern European extraction, greets summer by adding her middle eastern dance skills to Dale’s truly American melting pot.
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PHONE: 401-965-5198
EMAIL: LadyMissIris@aol.com
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(Posted 21May05)
KIM/EUNICE
Dancer
Ballet
A fabulous dancer with technique and soul. Eunice grew up and trained in Salt Lake City. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet. She has danced with the Eugene Ballet Company, the University of Utah Ballet, and at Ballet New England. Her principal and soloist roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Act II La Bayadere, Grand Pas de Deux from La Corsaire and from Don Quixote, Firebird in The Firebird, Tudor's Little Improvisations, Juliet in the balcony scene of Michael Smuin's Romeo and Juliet, Pas de Trois, Grand Valse, Cygnets and Neopolitan in Swan Lake. After joining Festival Ballet in 1997, she created roles in Mihailo Djuric's Magnificat, Masquerade, and Upon Dark, Valerie Cookson-Botto's Peter and the Wolf, Ani Udovicki's Up for Air, and in Neta Pulvermacher's Waiting for the Tenth Man.
(Rumor has it, that after getting married in 2001, Eunice moved to Washington D.C. What a loss for Rhode Island dance, but lucky, lucky DC.)
ARCHIVE: ROLES
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WEBSITE: http://www.festivalballet.com
(updated 11Mar02)


KOVATCH/KARLA
Dancer
Ballet
Karla Kovatch joined Festival Ballet in 2003 as a principal dancer. She received her training in Torrington, CT with Nutmeg Ballet Company from 1988 to 1992. During that time she won numerous awards in international competitions In 1992 she joined Boston Ballet, where she danced for eleven seasons. Ms. Kovatch has danced principal, soloist and corps de ballet roles in a wide range of the company's classical and contemporary repertoire, including Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Principal Girl in Forsythes In the Middle, The Siren in Balanchine's Prodigal Son, and Myrta in Giselle, and works by Merce Cunningham, Elliot Feld, Paul Taylor and Rudi Van Danzig. Her roles at Festival Ballet Providence include Micaela in Carmen, Sugar Plum and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.
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WEBSITE: FESTIVAL BALLET
(posted 09Jul05)

KRASSOWSKIY/GENIA
Dancer
Ballet, Ballroom
Born in the Russia, Genia Krassowskiy initially trained in ballroom before switching to ballet. In 1993 he moved to Frankfurt, Germany where he danced with the Kusumi Ballet Theater performing in Hamburg, Basel, Munich, Lucern, and Zurich. At the Ballett Schindowski am Shcillertheater NRW he danced in a number of ballets including Johananess Passion, La Bella La Bete, Trash, and Ich bin Meine Welt. In 2000, he came to the US to join Festival Ballet. At Festival, he has danced the Arabian pas de deux with Jennifer Ricci in The Nutcracker Suite.
ARCHIVE: Feb 3-4, 2001 Played Peter in Festival Ballet's Peter and the Wolf choreographed by Valerie Cookson-Botto
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PHONE: 401-353-1129 (Festival Ballet)
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WEBSITE: http://www.festivalballet.com

KUPPERS/PETRA
Educator,Performer,Writer
Disabled Dance, Participatory Arts
Petra Kuppers is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias Performance Research Projects, which investigates links between community and participatory art, identity politics, movement work and (new) media practice. For the past 14 years, she has worked as a community dance artist and teacher in Great Britain and the European continent, leading Laban-based movement, contact improvisation and dance theatre classes and workshops in many different settings, often from a wheelchair. She is a specialist in integrated dance work, performance work with physically disabled people, and with vulnerable people in mental health contexts. Her performance work and her publications are part of an international disability culture. She is actively involved in innovative performing arts training models for disabled people in the United Kingdom and Europe, works on the executive committee of community arts organisations, and teaches community dance, body theory and live arts/new media theory university courses.

Petra holds a bachelors in Health and Social Welfare Studies from Open University in England; two MA's - one in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick, UK and the other in Germanistik, Film, TV and Theatre Studies from the University of Cologne in Germany. She received her PhD from the University of Plymouth, UK, 1999 with dessertaion titled 'Between Embodiment and Representation: Performing Bodies, Freaks, Filmdance'. Her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Contemporary Arts Department at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1998 to 2001 allowed her to more fully integrate participatory arts theory with practice and education. Also in 2001, Bryant College talked her into coming to the United States with promises of plenty of studio time and freedom to integrate her studio work into her cultural studies courses. Petra is now an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Bryant and a Visiting Scholar at Brown University's Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.

Petra is currently on leave in New Zealand where she is the recipient of the first fellowship ever awarded in community dance - the Caroline Plummer Dance Fellowship. See more at riDance's School News.
ARCHIVE: 2002 RIDANCE ARTICLE
ADDRESS: English and Cultural Studies Department/Bryant College/1150 Douglas Pike/ Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917, USA
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EMAIL: pkuppers@bryant.edu
WEBSITE: OLIMPIAS and ARTIST STATEMENT
(posted 30Sep03)
KURMASHEVA/VERA
Dancer
Ballet, Dance History
After a 20 year professional performing career, Ms. Kurmasheva continued her studies at the Kazakh State Academy of Arts in Classical Dance Instruction and choreography. Ms. Kurmasheva was one of the most recognized teachers at the Almaty State Academy of Ballet where she taught Classical Ballet, Historical Dance, Ballet History, and Ballet Theory for the professional track students. She joined the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education in 2001 and is now the Principal of their Core Dance Program.
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PHONE: 401-353-1129 (Festival Ballet)
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WEBSITE: http://www.festivalballet.com
(posted 30Dec02)

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