A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
OBARA/MICHAEL & PAWASAUSKAS/JAYNE|
Dancers, DanceSport Competitors
Michael Obara & Jayne Pawasauskas met through the University of Rhode Island (URI) Ballroom Dancing Club and have been dancing together since 2000. Michael received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering (1998) and PhD in Electrical Engineering (2003) from URI. Jayne received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree (1998) from URI and continues to serve as faculty advisor to the URI Ballroom Dancing Club. Together they have performed and competed in both American & International styles of dance, with a special emphasis on American Smooth.
Michael & Jayne have participated in ballroom dance competitions throughout the United States and Canada. Some examples of their accomplishments include:
2004 & 2005: Finalists - Pre-Championship American Smooth, USA Dance National Championships
2004 & 2005: Finalists - Pre-Championship & Championship American Smooth, USABDA Northeast Regionals
2003: Finalists - Championship American Smooth, Ohio Star Ball
2003: Finalists - American 9-dance, USABDA National Championships, Minnesota
2002: Finalists - Championship American Smooth, Ohio Star Ball
2002: Finalists - Championship American Smooth, La Classique de Quebec
In addition to competition they enjoy performing at local social functions or fundraising events:
2004, 2003: Waterfire, Providence, RI
2002: URI Foundation Ball, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston, RI
2002-2005: FOBD social dances, Newport, RI
2003: Make a Wish Foundation, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston, RI
2002: USABDA Holiday Gala, Wrentham, MA
2001: Cavalcade of Bands, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston, RI
Jayne is currently the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of USA Dance and Michael maintains the Chapter's webpage. They are both registered as amateur competitors with USA Dance and the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). In addition, Jayne is certified as a Scrutineer with NDCA.
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Teacher, Choreographer, Director, Studio Owner
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Acrobatics (bRI)
Shannon grew up in the dance community receiving numerous awards and scholarships throughout the years. Her early training was with Susan Mendence and Herci Marsden, and she was a company member in the State Ballet of RI. A Rhode Island native, Shannon established her own school, the Shannon O'Brien School of Dance, in 1992 in Massachusetts. An excellent reputation for providing exceptional dance education in all disciplines to both the recreational dancer and aspiring professional, has helped her to own and operate two schools at their maximum enrollment in Southern Massachusetts. In just over twelve years, Shannon has produced numerous dancers who have gone on to successful professional careers in performance, choreography, and education. Shannon, along with her sister/partner Julie, run a school that trains happy, well rounded, technically sound dancers.
Shannon's training has awarded many of her students acceptance and scholarships to some of the country's finest dance institutions including the Alvin Ailey School and Julliard in New York City. Shannon is also on the judging staff for the well respected American Dance Awards. Shannon is an active member of the dance community in RI and MA, and continues to foster and promote dance in her area. Currently her students are members of many local and regional dance companies including; Boston Dance Company and Rhode Island Ballet Theater. Shannon's own award winning Dance Company has earned her much recognition for her choreography. Shannon resides in Attleboro, MA with her husband and two children.
ADDRESS: Shannon O'Brien School of Dance/21 Brook Street/Seekonk MA
PHONE: 508-761-6394 (studio)
Providence native, Heather O'Halloran received her early dance training at the Festival Ballet Dance Center, became a member of their excellent Junior Company in 1999, and was made a Festival Ballet apprentice in 2001. That same year Heather took a top 10 finish in the Senior Classical Ballet Division of the national finals of the Youth American Grand Prix, receiving a scholarship to study at Washington Ballet's 2001 summer intensive program. Not yet out of her teens, she is noted for her graceful effortless style.
ARCHIVE: Danced in Upon Dark and Magnificat two contemporary ballets choreographed by Misha Djuric as part of Festival Ballet's Fall Concert Passionate Journey performed on Nov 9-11,2001 at Rhode Island College's Sapinsley Performance Hall in Providence, Rhode Island.
PHONE: 401-353-1129(Festival Ballet)
WEBSITE: FESTIVAL BALLET
Miki Ohlsen has been the Artistic Director of the Island Moving Company since its inception in 1982. She studied with Herci and Myles Marsden in Rhode Island and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Amsterdam Holland. In 1979 she founded The Newport Academy of Ballet, which trains young dancers and is the home to the Island Moving Company. Miki has danced in and choreographed many of the ballets in the IMC repertoire, and is also involved in developing dance and movement programs in area schools with the IMC dancers.
Jeannie Oki started out as a dance instructor for Arthur Murray in New York City. While working there she became interested in hustle and salsa and became one of the regular Palladium dancers way back when Tito Puente played there. She still dances socially with the famed Cuban Pete.
She runs Strictly Salsa Productions, which produces the Strictly Salsa Sundays at the Platform and Strictly Salsa Fridays at La Cabana. Both clubs are in Providence. In addition, since 2000, Jeannie produces the hugely popular Salsa night for Waterfire's Sovereign Plaza Ballroom. Last year more than 35,000 people dropped by to dance and watch the performance. Jeannie's goal through Strictly Salsa is to bring all cultures together using salsa as a common thread.
See her class information at riDance's Social Dance page
Wendy Oliver choreographs for and is the director of the Providence College Dance Company. Prior to joining Providence College, she danced professionally with Contactworks in Minnesota. She has an MFA in performance/choreography from Temple University, and an Ed.D. in Dance Education from Columbia University. Her choreography has been performed in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Providence, and throughout the upper Midwest. She is a past recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minnesota State Art Board. She received the 1998 Dance Educator of the Year award from the RI Association for Health, Physical Education, and Dance. She is an active member of the National Dance Association, and also directs a Creative Dance Program for children on Saturday mornings at the PC campus. She has published dance articles and reviews, and edited two books: Women Making Art: Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts Since 1960, published by Peter Lang Press in 2000, and Dance & Culture, Then & Now, a dance textbook for middle and high school students, published by American Press in 2001.
(posted 05Feb01/update 14Mar02)