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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Dancer, choreographer, founding member of Festival Ballet, Director Providence Ballet, Teacher
Ballet, Jazz, Modern (bRI, lRI, wRI)
One of Rhode Island's busiest dancers, Eva Marie Pacheco began her performance life with Rhode Island Ballet Theatre (a precursor to Festival Ballet) as the youngest member of the company. She was a founding member of Festival Ballet, and has been seen in a variety of principal roles, most notably, the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker. She received praise for her spirited jazz dancing in Le Jazz Hot. As a choreographer she has created works for Festival Ballet including Los Caminos and In the Mood. Her first full length ballet, Twas the Night Before Christmas, premiered in December 1995 with the Island Moving Co.-a company she often dances with. She has toured with Everett Dance Theatre in The Science Project(Spring 1999), and dances with Cadence Dance Project. Eva Marie is the director of two studios, Providence Ballet and Providence Ballet II, where she continues to train young dancers as she has throughout her career.
ADDRESS: Providence Ballet/107 Eddy St/Providence RI
(posted 7Feb01/updated 30Apr01/31Oct05)
Modern (sRI, wRI)
Amy Palmieri took gymnastics as a child and an occasional dance class. It was not until she attended a dance festival at Connecticut College that she decided to actively pursue dance. She began her formal training at Adelphi University and received her BFA in dance in 2000. While at Delphi, she studied with Rebecca Wright, Carmen DeLavallade, Gail Gilbert and Edifa Weeks. In 1999, she danced with Janice Brenner, Cathy Nicoli, Emilie Plauche and Sean Curran at Roger Williams University. After returning to Rhode Island from New York City, she joined Fusionworks in 2001, and works with special needs children.
(posted 07Oct01/updated 28Feb02)
Ballet (sRI, wRI)
Miss Jennifer Paolilli has been dancing for the past twenty-four years and has been a teacher at Dance RI for the last five years where she teaches ballet and pointe. She also teaches for the Scituate School Department. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English Literature, she is pursuing her M.Ed. at Rhode Island College.
(posted 23Feb04/updated 25Aug04)
Paige Parks joined Fusionworks in April 2002. She began her dance training in Connecticut where she studied at Children's Professional School, then the Connecticut Ballet Theater, and Bei Ling Ballet School. She began modern dance in the Providence College Dance Company. As a member of the PC Dance Company, Paige choreographed two dances and participated in dance residencies. She graduated from Providence College with a major in Public and Community Service Studies and currently attends the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she is studying education administration, planning and social policy.
(posted 12Jun02/updated 25Aug04)
Certified Nia-Instructor, Sandra Penta is a refugee from the retail world, who after a life-changing illness in april of 2004, was seeking to restore balance to an overly stressfull work-focused life. She tried Nia at a therapist's suggestion, and initially knew Nia was it, experienceing total freedom that comes from personal expression. Now a Nia devotee, she treasures the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits that come from incorporating Nia into her daily life, one of which has been the gift of remission from Lymphoma.
Nia blends elements of martial arts and dance movement into a complete fitness program that works with the physical, mental and emotional realms to provide individuals of all ages with a greater connection to their inner selves through music and movement. The choreography is simple, allowing for interpretation and freedom of expression, and requires no experience whatsoever. A Nia White Belt instructor who has personally trained with NIA creators Debbie & Carlos Rosas, Sandra concentrates on increasing self-awareness and promoting healing by encouraging self expression through the integration of mind-body-spirit.
Sandra's philosophy is that "fitness should be pleasurable and never feel like punishment. The only limitations within the boundary of our possibilities are the ones we create. I love what I do and the best part is sharing it with others." As such, Sandra has created and continues to refine her own unique Nia signature.
Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director and founding member Dance Planet, Teacher
Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop(sRI, wRI)
Derek Perry is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a BA in Communications. He choreographs and performs with the professional dance troupe, Dance Planet which he founded with his brother, Doug. The troupe performs an exciting blend of hip hop, house, and jazz styles at nightclubs, benefits, and festivals all over the Northeast. Derek has also performed and choreographed for The Vessella Dance Project, The Rhode Island College Dance Company, and Fusionworks.
ARCHIVE: ROLES AND CHOREOGRAPHY
WEBSITE: DANCE PLANET
(posted 19Apr01/updated 12Jun05)
Dancer, Artistic Director and founding member Dance Planet, Teacher
Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop(sRI, wRI)
Doug Perry is a graduate of Rhode Island College where he performed in the musicals- The Boyfriend, Cabaret, Little Shop Of Horrors, and Once Upon A Mattress. In addition, he was a member of the The Rhode Island College Dance Company. He has performed as a member of The Vessella Dance Project and with his twin brother Derek founded the high energy dance troupe, Dance Planet. In 2001, He was a guest artist with Fusionworks. Doug and Derek have taught hip hop and club dance around the state but predominantly at Fusionworks Dance Academy.
WEBSITE: DANCE PLANET
(posted 19Apr01/updated 25Apr01)
Ballet, Modern, Jazz
Kerri is the owner and co-director of Art In Motion Dance Company in North Kingstown, RI. She has been dancing for over 20 years, and has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Creative Movement, Pilates, and Improvisation.
Kerri began dancing at the young age of 4 with Judy Mello in East Providence, RI. Kerri has a BA in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College. During her studies at RIC, She was a member of the Dance Company and served as Treasurer on the Executive Council. There she received many Special Talent Dance Awards.
Kerri has had the pleasure of working with well reknowned choreographers including; Melody Ruffin Ward, Dante Delgiudice, Deb Meunier, Sean Curran, Colleen Cavanagh, Bridgam & Packer, Elaine Colaneri, Daryl Retter, Brenda Buffalino, and Al Gilbert. This past summer she trained at Broadway Dance Center, in New York City, with Frank Hatchett, Bev B, and Lane Napper.
Kerri is an experience dance educator. She has been teaching dance in public and private schools throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over 10 years. In the Providence Public school system, under the guidance of Marty Sprague, Kerri facilitated literacy instruction through creative movement. For the past 3 summers, she has been teaching creative movement for the Rhode Island School of Design art camp. Kerri currently teaches for Chance to Dance and is the coordinator of their SLEEQuE FEET program. For the past 5 years, she has been teaching at the Modern Jazz Dance Co., Center of the Arts, under the direction of Elaine Colaneri. She is a member of Dance Alliance of RI and the National Dance Education Organization.
Kerri enjoys the creative process of expressing emotion through her movement and chorography. Last year her duet, Still I Rise, and improvisation, Incomplete, debuted at the RIC Choreography Showcase. She takes great pleasure working with new ideas and bodies, always willing to explore a creative adventure, and allowing others to experience the freedom of art through ones mind, body, and soul.
She takes great pleasure working with new ideas and bodies, always willing to explore a creative adventure, and allowing others to experience the freedom of art through ones mind, body, and soul. Kerri is a member of Rhode Island Dance Alliance, UNITY, and the National Dance Education Organization.
(posted 16Mar04/Updated 09Jul04/25Aug04)
Beth Petkus trained with The Performing Arts School of Worcester and Cumberland Dance Company in Harrisburg, PA. She was a senior member of the Worcester Youth Ballet for 7 years, performed in Pushkin, Russia at the Festival of Lights, and has guested with Cumberland Dance Company and Island Moving Company. She joined Festival Ballet Providence in 1998 and has appeared in Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Loose Ends, and was Tapon the Dragon in King Arthur and the Knights of the Square Tables. In addition, she is a founding dancer with Modern Populous. In 2004 she took a two year contract to work in Germany at the Dortman Theatre.
(posted 05Aug03/updated 15Sep04)
Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer
Ballet (bRI, wRI)
(b. circa 1913-d. July 1988)
Lidia Pettine owned and operated a dance school for forty years, and in that time she laid the foundation of Rhode Island performance ballet, and has been called "the first lady of Rhode Island dance". Lidia Golini started dancing when she was ten, and studied in Providence as well as with Madame Swoboda in New York. Her mother, Dr.Carlotta Golini, was a concert pianist in Italy before coming to the United Stated to get her medical degree from Tufts. So not surprisingly, initially Lidia's primary interest was music graduating from Wheaton College in 1934 with a music degree, even as she continued her dance studies. She graduated from the Charlif School of Ballet in 1936, and danced in many ballets and dance concerts in various venues (including Carnegie Hall) in New York City. After retiring from the stage she returned to Providence where she married Raymond Pettine (later to become the famous judge), and had a daughter, Lydia. The Lydia School of Ballet started as just one room in the Conrad Building at 357 Westminster Street in Providence. The school moved a number of times and the name was later changed to the Rhode Island Ballet Center. Lidia produced and choreographed many ballets and dance productions with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and she founded the American Festival Ballet which toured Europe. Revered for her technique, most of Rhode Island's best dancers and teachers passed through her doors including Christine Hennessey, Carmen Alvarez, Harriet Hoctor, Nancy McAuliffe, Louise Turilli, Marilyn Smayda, Deb Meunier, Dorothy Jungels and Julie Strandberg. In addition, she found the time to spend countless hours doing volunteer work for various musical organizations. After retiring and suffering from a cancer that would ultimately kill her, she continued to teach a Saturday afternoon adult ballet class at Christine Hennessey's studio - Festival Ballet. She is buried at St. Ann's Cemetery in Cranston.
ARCHIVE: See Catherine Moynahan's Interview for more about Lidia as well as another photograph.
(posted 7Feb01/updated 5Mar01/11Nov01/27Dec01)
Joey Pizzi started dancing at the Jean DeLuca Dance Studio. He went on to dance with Disnet, but rapidly found his way to Broadway where he started finding choreography and dance captain work. He worked on Rob Marshall's revival of Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis. Rob Marshall hired him to be the associate choreographer for the feature film Chicago in which Joey also danced the role of Bernie (the first man killed) in 'The Cell Block Tango'. He has has worked on nine Broadway shows, three Off-Broadway, three Encores!, one West End, much TV (including the ABC-TV movie Annie) and four other films. As of summer of 2003 he was working on a new Broadway show based on the movie, Urban Cowboy, and was on the master teacher circuit.
WEBSITE: INTERNET BROADWAY DATABASE - Mr.Pizzi's Broadway credits
(posted 7Feb01/updated 04Jul03/15Sep03)
Director, Circus Teacher
What a lucky day for Rhode Island when the exuberant Judith Plotz developed an interest in circus arts. It all started when her son Michael learned to juggle and went on to spend six summers as a member of the Vermont based Circus Smirkus performing troupe. He was joined there by his sister Martha who worked as a counselor at the Circus Smirkus summer camp, and by Judith who was amazed at what Circus Smirkus was accomplishing with children. Her children encouraged Judith to consider starting a circus school in Providence that would run through the school year thereby complementing the summer season of Circus Smirkus. After receiving a very positive response from a survey she sent to potential students, she founded the Providence Circus School in the fall of 1998 with a merry band of gifted teachers including Marvin Novogrodski (juggling, magic), Tom Sgouros (clowning, theatrical production), and Sally Mayo (dance, stilt-walking). These teachers were joined by Heather Ahern (mime), Roger Bousquet (juggling), Nicholas Flair (juggling, acrobatics), Adam Gertsacov (clowning), Dave and Cherie Gregg (clowning), Megan Rose (juggling), Josh Shack (clowning), Eddie Silvestre (acrobatics), and Michael Williams (clowning). Judith learned to coach balance skills at Circus Smirkus camp, and studied mime with Tony Montanaro and Karen Hurll-Montanaro at the Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. Initially only for children, the Providence Circus School has expanded, and in 2001 began offering classes for adults.
ARCHIVE: PROVIDENCE CIRCUS SCHOOL
ADDRESS: 104 Eleventh Street/Providence RI 02906
WEBSITE: CIRCUS SMIRKUS and CELEBRATION BARN
Nicole Polzella taught at Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre in 2001 but has since returned to Ohio.
She comes from Dayton, Ohio and is currently (2001) a Graduate Student at the University of Rhode Island. Her resume is extensive and ranges from Theater and Dance to Film and Print work. Nicole has danced and performed with Ohio's Dayton Ballet, Orchesis Dance Company in NY, Centerville Ballet OH, Dayton Operafunatics OH, the University of Dayton Dance Ensemble, and the famous Hubbard Street Dance Company. Nicole has also worked in the film industry with Laurnik Films based in Ohio playing Stacey in Mueder of a Saint. She has worked with the Elmira Theater in NY while at Elmira College as well as the Oakwood Play Group in Ohio. Some of her performances include leads in The Music Man, The Crucible, English Made Simple and Our Miss Brooks. Nicole is represented by Heyman Talent in Cincinnati, Ohio.
(posted 29Aug01/updated 15Sep03)
Dawn Porter has been dancing since she was a tiny child starting in Saratoga Springs NY and continuing in Providence at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf where she was a member of the Deaf Dance Ensemble under the tutelage of Clair Harrington. In addition, she performed in many theatrical productions, competed in track and was an honor student. She danced with the Carolyn Dutra School and performed with them on their tour in Austria and Czechoslovakia.
In 1995 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Gallaudet University in Washington DC from which she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Elementary Education and Developmental Drama with a minor in Dance. While there, she was a member of the Gallaudet Dance Company, taught in the Children's Dance Program and worked with deaf-blind students.
Dawn returned to her alma mater- the RI School for the Deaf to renew the dance department which had fallen on hard times after Ms.Harrington's retirement. In addition she teaches drama, and coaches cheer leading. She recently added ballroom dance to her wide array of interests and studies with Barry Lawton at the Paris Academy of Ballroom Dance in Taunton. In the fall of 2001, she won the Miss Deaf Rhode Island Pageant, and plans to compete in Miss Deaf USA in July 2002 in Washington D.C.
Folk dance, European Circle Dance
Ray Price is a Welsh musician and dance master who specializes in the music and choreography for the ancient circle dances that originate in Europe.
Ray's love for his art is transferred to the participants of his dance events in a knowledgeable, friendly, humorous way. He doesn’t only know the musical notes and steps that make up his dances; he is steeped in the traditions and folklore that make them live and vibrant.
He has been a working musician since the age of nine when he formed his first Chicago Blues Band. Discovering the Circle Dances of Europe in the early 1970's, Ray realized that it was a perfect vehicle for spreading love and joy into the world. Very quickly, he learnt that he had a gift for creating new music and dance based on the styles of the original circle dances from many countries and began to craft new creations. He formed the very first circle dance band in England and was a popular and much loved teacher and performer in that country until he migrated to California in May 1994. Circle Dance has literally taken Ray around the world. He has performed his unique blend of original music and choreography with groups of dancers from the most experienced to absolute beginners.
Playing various types of ancient bagpipe as his main instruments, he also performs on various stringed instruments, percussion from around the world and he sings. Specialties that Ray offers are the community dances of Celtic Brittany, the country dances of Central and Southern France and the Medieval court and peasant dances from Southern France and Spain. He also has studied the dance and music from other Celtic regions and the circle dances of a wider Europe.
His study of these ancient forms have inspired him to create new music and steps in the style of the ancient originals. He has a life long dedication to the healing arts and his mission to provide joy to people from all walks of life. Ray contributes to the well being of the planet through his music, dance-work, storytelling, healing and writing.
Ray is an accomplished storyteller who loves to interact deeply with his audiences.
PHONE: 401-274-5238/401-996-2665 cell
Pilates Instructor, Dancer
Holly Pruell received her B.A. in Dance Performance at Roger Williams University. After graduating, she danced professionally with Fusionworks Dance Company for three years and Nicola Hawkins Dance Company in Boston for two years. She moved to Atlanta in February of 2000 to receive her certificate in Pilates and where she teaches Pilates at Body Central. Holly is also currently a member of the Zoedic Dance Company of Atlanta.
WEBSITE: BODY CENTRAL
Born in the Ukraine, Vladimir Putenko started dancing at age 6, and at 18, joined the Ukrainian national ballet company-National Opera and Ballet Company in Kiev which toured throughout the US and Japan and South America. With National Opera he attained the level of soloist. He was a principal dancer with The City Theatre, Usit nad Labem in the Czech Republic, Ballet El Paso (1998) in Texas and Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina. In 2000, he came to Rhode Island to join Festival Ballet where he danced the role of the Snow King in The Nutcracker Suite.
WEBSITE: FESTIVAL BALLET