Rianna/Jamie Lynn - dancer,teacher (ballet)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Modern,Performance Art (lRI,wRI)
Alec Redfearn is sought out by many contemporary dancers and companies for his moody compositions. Most often you can hear (and often see) him Everett Dance Theatre
"[Composer and accordionist] Alec Redfearn ain't into walking no straight line...And if he straightens out those beats for dancers to dig, you can be sure the melody's going to launch off to parts unknown." - Jim Macnie Providence Phoenix.
Jamie started her dance studies at the age of 4 years old at the Dance Center of Festival Ballet. She studied there with Nancy McAullife, Christine Hennessey, Eva Marie Pacheco, Wayne Stewarte, Patricia DuBois, and Elizabeth Reilly. She was chosen for the Festival Ballet Company at the age of 9 years old by Christine Hennessey.
Jamie presently performs as the Principal Ballerina for The Heritage Ballet in Lincoln, Rhode Island where she is also a member of the faculty. Jamie has performed the lead roles in such Heritage Ballet productions as, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Pakita, and as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In an article which appeared in a local newspaper, a member of the audience was quoted as saying, "Miss Rianna's performance was simply mezmorizing.....she seems to float across the stage like an angel."
Jamie holds a Master's Degree in Global Business Management from Johnson & Wales University and, currently, is employed with FGX International as a Retail Account Manager.
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Dance Team (wRI)
Andrea Ricci is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher. She is currently the Coordinator and Choreographer for the WNBA CT Sun Solar Power Dance Team, the only professional dance team in New England. As the New England Company Dance Service Representative, she assists studio owners with costume ordering, registering for Company Dance Competitions and Starlight Competition. She travels around the country with Company Dance for conventions and works closely with major NYC and LA choreographers and dancers. She is also the Territory Manager for Universal Dance Association and a veteran judge for the National Dance Team Championships as seen on ESPN. Andrea has demonstrated for such auditions as the NBA Washington Wizards Dance Team and many more.
Andrea was trained at Cheryl's School of Dance in North Providence, RI and continues to teach there today. Andrea is a graduate from Providence College and was captain of the Dance Team during the 2002-2003 season. She continues to work with Dance Teams and teaches dance in RI.
A native Rhode Islander and a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School, this fabulous dancer (along with her sister Jennifer) performed with Festival Ballet for many years and has been seen in such roles as the Summer Fairy & the Fairy Godmother (2003) in Cinderella, Mouse Queen, lead Snowflake and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, Lucille Grahn in Grande Pas de Quatre, Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois and Big Swan in Swan Lake, Forest Fairy in Snow White. One of Festival's principal dancers she has appeared in numerous repertory pieces including A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Garland for Judy, Departures, Degrees of Separation, Links, Jazz Hot, Sedates, Suite Anderson, La Chasse, In Memory of..., Peter and the Wolf, Thieving Magpie, Valse Fresco, Firebird, Upon Dark, Masquerade, and Dracula. In June of 2003 while at the peak of her dancing skills, she retired to devout more time to her husband and her horses. She will continue to take classes with Festival Ballet.
(posted 10Feb01/updated 15Sep03)
A native Rhode Islander and a graduate of Rhode Island College, Jennifer (along with her sister Jaclyn) has been performing with Festival Ballet for many years and has been seen in such roles as the Clara, Arabian, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cinderella (2003) & the Winter Fairy in Cinderella, White Cat in Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois and Neopolitan in Swan Lake, Bird in Peter and the Wolf, Snow White in Snow White, Princess Elena in Firebird as well as many other company pieces.
(How to tell the difference between Jennifer and her sister. Jennifer is a bit smaller in height and build than Jaclyn, and her dancing is a bit softer.)
PHONE: 401-353-1129 (Festival Ballet)
Teacher, Studio Director & Owner
Jazz, Tap, Liturgical, Ballet, Hip Hop (wRI)
Kylene Ricci is the owner and director here at Light My Way Christian School of Dance. She started dance and gymnastics at the age of 3, and hasn't stopped since. Now at 27 she is opening not only a dance studio but a place of positive moral atmosphere for children and adults. As a Christian she wanted to have a studio that not only teaches steps but teaches children the importance of glorifying the Lord and His amazing greatness by dancing not only for themselves but for Him. She has trained with various teachers throughtout her dance career as well as competing and coaching gymnastics at Providence Turners since age 3. She has competed in local, regional, and national events for both dance and gymnastics and has held various titles for both. She has had theater training at throughout her career and holds certifications in First Aid, AED, and CPR, ProACT(Professional Assault Crisis Trained), Teacher's Aide, USAG Instructor/Professional member, safety certified through USAG, and KAT (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers) certified through USAG as well. She is a social member of Providence Turners and an Active National member of American Turners. She is currently working as a Residential Behavioral Specialist with Adolescents suffering from autism and related behavioral disorders and is currently seeking a degree in education with a concentrated study in special needs.
Elizabeth Riley is a former soloist with Festival Ballet, and is now a faculty member there.
ADDRESS: Festival Ballet/5 Hennessey Avenue/North Providence 02911
Louis Ritarossi was conceived in the back of a '57 chevy in the spring of 1963, and was born at Lying In (now Women and Infants) in Providence eleven days before Kennedy was shot so he definately didn't do it. He started dancing at the late age of sixteen and performed in his first (and last) Broadway show at nineteen. That show was Street Heat. He has performed in new York and Las Vegas and now lives in Bonita Springs Florida where he teaches and dances. He often performs on cruise ships and is currently looking for a new dance partner.
Sokeo Ros has danced with the Carriage House Crew since 1997, and performed with the Everett Dance Theatre in Somewhere in the Dream. Sokeo has taught improvisation at the Carriage House School and various community settings for the past four years.
Tracy Rose has been teaching ballroom dancing and swing for over eleven years(1990). She trained and worked with the major studios, and at one time even owned and ran a studio, but like many dance teachers now finds it much more advantageous to free-lance. She has taught at The Learning Connection for many years, as well as at many other locations around the state.
Janet Lynn Roseman grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, spent way to much time in California and has (as of June 2002) returned to Rhode Island. An avid dance student, she is a dance critic and teacher specializing in dance and spirituality. Her latest work - Dance Masters (published in 2001) - is a collection of interviews with legendary dancers and choreographers including Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris .
(posted 06Aug01/updated 03Jul02)
2002 was a big year for Gretchen Rowe; she graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in dance; she married and she moved to Boston where she intends on continue her dance career. While at RWU, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award in recognition of her accomplishments during her four years at the school and she worked with such artists as Sean Curran, Christine Bennett, Kelli Wicke Davis, Gary Shore, Kathy Gordon Smith, and Heather Ahern. In addition she was and will continue to be a member of Heidi Henderson's dance company, elephant jane, and was one of a select group of dancers chosen for the Four College Company studying under Danny Buraczeski to learn his Repertory Etudes and his re-creation of Jack Cole's Happy Endings Every Time which they performed (along with other dancers) throughout the winter and spring of 2002.
A gifted choreographer, she (along with Bridgette Humphrey) were the featured choreographers in a May 2002 concert held at RWU.
Rumor has it that Gretchen has left dance
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(posted 21Oct01/updated 30Dec01/07Jun02)
Tim Rubel is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Theatre Expansion, formerly known as Summer Theatre Three. In 2002 he directed the companies inaugural productions of The Room and The Dreamer Examines his Pillow. Other directing credits include the world premieres of The Party and Lettuce and Magazines for Boston's Devanaughn Theatre and his own play Eggs Over Eric at Portland Stage Company's Studio Theatre. Mr. Rubel has also designed lighting for Fusionworks Dance Company and properities for New Repertory Theatre. He recently was a guest performer with Fusionworks and dances with Fusionworks II in Lincoln, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Rhode Island College and Dean College and is currently the program director for a Theatre Arts Specialty camp at the Cranston YMCA.
Teacher,Choreographer, Set Designer, Interior Decorator
Francesca Ruini was born in Sassuolo, a small town in northern Italy. At age 5, she started taking her first classes in at the Marie Taglioni Ballet School near Modena (Italy) and studied there until she was 13. She continued her studies in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance in France at the International Ballet School, Ecole Superieure de Danse De Cannes Rosella Hightower, studing with international masters of ballet: Daniel Frank (Opera de Paris), Jose Ferran, Monica Saez, Rosella Hightower, and Claude Winzer.
At the age of 15, she returned from France and continued to take ballet classes at the Professional level with Donatella Sturam (retired dancer of Aterballetto, one Italy's top ballet companies) at Let's Dance' Studio in Reggio Emilia (Italy).
Francesa is passionate about all the Arts, and has taken classes in mime and opera singing. She is also a set designer. In the summer of 2005, she completed her studies to become an Interior Decorator.
Currently teaching ballet at Narragansett Performing Arts Center, Francesca has 10 years of experience in teaching classes in Pre-Ballet, Ballet, and Choreography. She has studied for and attained the Bronze Bar, the Silver Bar and the Gold Bar of the National Dance Council of America Inc. Medal Test Program in Ballet. In ballet, she teaches mainly in the Russian (Vaganova) manner, but also in the French and Italian (Cecchetti)styles. In addition she teaches stretching and has 6 years of experience in Martial Arts. She is fluent is three languages - Italian (main native language), English and French.
Choreographies includes: Enigma, Aladdin, Don Quixotte, The Never Ending Story, An American in Paris, Alice in the Wonderland, Pippi Calze Lunghe, Mozart Rondo, The Little Mermaid
"I believe Ballet, Music, Painting and every Art to be a wonderful, universal expression of Beauty, Harmony and Human Realization."