Sacchetti/Karen-creative arts educator,dancer|
Soscia/Bryan and Kathy-DJ's(ballroom)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Creative Arts Educator, Dancer
Karen Sacchetti has taught yoga and creative movement at All That Matters in Wakefield RI since 1998, and has also taught at Wickford Elementary School, DanceArt Forum, the South County Montessori School, the Jamestown Early Learning Center, and for the Rhode Island State Task Force in Narragansett. In Boston, she acted and danced in musicals at the Riverside Theatre and acted at the Landsdowne Street Playhouse. She studied Duncan Dance in 1993 in Cambridge Massachusetts under Dicki Johnson.
Her extensive background as a dancer and Yoga practitioner have enabled her to complete her vision of integrating eastern Yoga concepts with western Creative Movement, and she has designed a course for young people called Creative Yoga in Motion which provides them with the necessary tools to develop and maintain physical and emotional harmony. She has published a book of poetry, Passage (1983), and a book of short stories, Once Upon an Archetype (1996).
PHONE: On file with riDance
posted 15Jun01.updated 16Jun01
Marilyn Salvatore has been one of the costume designers for Trinity Repertory Company since 1984, collaborating on more than 140 productions. Her designs there include On the Town, directed by Anne Bogart, A Christmas Carol, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. In New York, she designed The Fall of the House of Usher for the Invisible Theatre. Her dance, opera, and drama designs have been seen throughout Rhode Island, and she serves as the costume designer/consultant for the Trinity Rep Conservatory. Ms. Salvatore recently designed for Paul Vogel's How I learned to Drive, directed by Molly Smith at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, The Picnic, a world premiere opera by composer Richard Cumming, directed by Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of Trinity Rep, and Trinity Repertory's premiere production of Fall by Bridget Carpenter.
Teacher, Choreographer, Registered Dance Educator, Author, Writer, Dancer(r)
Theatrical, ballet, character, flamenco, tap, jazz
Helene Scheff started learning dance in New York City during World War II when she was four and a half years old. The school was in a neighborhood dance club which was rented out for weddings and social events on the weekend, but during the week it became a dance studio. Helene remembers the students using the backs of the red plush chairs for the barre. True to the spirit of the time, the studio would take the children to USO clubs to tap dance for the enlisted men, and Helene quickly became hooked on performance dance. She attended and graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts* which the movie Fame was about and where it was filmed. The gym class was dance class, and even non-dancers had to participate with the result that many musicians came from this school with an appreciation and respect for dancers and for dance in relation to music. Still dancing, she continued on to Brooklyn College where she majored in Theatre, choreographed and even taught a bit. She danced with the Joffrey before it was formalized as a dance company, and she danced her way up and down the Borscht circuit in the Catskills. At nineteen, she met and married her husband, and they went to the University of Kansas for his doctorate studies, and there she opened a dance studio. They moved to Amherst Massachusetts, and then,in 1969, to Rhode Island.
Helene is a founding member and past president of Dance Alliance of Rhode Island, Inc, Inc. and, in 1985, started the non-profit Chance To Dance and currently is the Administrative Director. Chance To Dance allows school children to come into contact with the study of choreographed dance; learn how to perform in public; how to behave in a dance class; and a host of other useful lifetime skills. For many children, this is their first contact with live performing arts. Although Chance To Dance takes most of her time, she still works on a part-time basis at Kingstown Dance and Gymnastics where in addition to teaching tap and ballet, she does master classes in character and flamenco.
With Susan McGreevy-Nichols, Helene has written Building Dances: A Guide to Putting Movement Together published by Human Kinetics, (1997), and Building More Dances(2001) co-authored with Susan McGreevy-Nichols, and Marty Sprague. She has served as Vice President of Dance for the Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (RIAHPERD), has been VP for Dance for the Eastern District of the American Alliance to Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, served on the Advocacy and Promotions committees for the National Dance Association (NDA), and is a board member of the Rhode Island Alliance for Arts in Education. A Registered Dance Educator (R.D.E.), she is also a founding member of National Dance Education Organization, was their conference chair of their annual conference held in Providence, June of 2002, and is currently their conference coordinator. Scheff lectures around the country on dance, fundraising and dance administration. Most recently (2002) she received a Legacy Award from Dance Alliance of Rhode Island.
* now known as the LaGuardia School of the Arts
ARCHIVE: Dance Program for Home Schoolers
ADDRESS: 210 Brookhaven Road/North Kingstown, RI 02852
posted 06Feb01.updated 26Oct04
Nourhan Sharif has 26 years (2001) of training and experience in Middle Eastern Dance. Specializing in Egyptian and Lebanese Cabaret and Folkloric dancing, she taught for years at the Groundwerx Dance Theater, Studio One, and The Learning Connection in Providence, R.I. She produced the annual Arts-In-The-Park, an ethnic and traditional waterfront dance festival and held many summer and fall Middle Eastern Weekend Festivals which featured famous Oriental dancers from various parts of the world. She has had extensive training in Egyptian, Lebanese, Greek and Turkish Cabaret and Folklore. While in New England, she was a solo performer and artistic director for the company La Danse Orientale.
She currently resides in New York and is a member of the Yousry Sharif Dance Ensemble as well as Assistant Choreographer and Manager for Mr. Sharif. She teaches at the Times Circle Studios and The Egyptian Academy of Oriental Dance, where she conducts beginner classes while touring with Mr. Sharif. She has performed widely and continues to travel teaching workshops (occassionally at Groundwerx) and has produced 3 CDs for oriental dancers.
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 488 Midtown Station/New York, NY 10018 (Egyptian Academy)
PHONE: 718-784-4361 (Egyptian Academy)
WEBSITE: NEW DANCE GROUP and EGYPTIAN ACADEMY
Gary Shore performed as a solo mime for many years. He studied in Paris with Etienne Decroux and while there attended the National Circus School. With Kelli Wicke Davis he formed the Shoda Moving Theatre which he co-directed. His work has been presented at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, the International Festival of Theatres in Bern Switzerland, The Open Eye and the Riverside Dance Festival in New York City. He is a member of the Dance and Performance Studies Faculty at Roger Williams University .
ARCHIVE: Wrote, choreographed and performed Educating Oedipus at RISD Auditorium as part of First Night 2001, and the film version premiered on , August 12, 2001 at Brown's List Auditorium as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
posted 10Mar01.updated 13Nov01
Yoga: Vinyasa, Age Less Gentle Flow Yoga, Dance Meditation, Creative Modern Dance
Caryl Sickul, B.A.,M.A., R.D.M.T., a Dance Movement and Wellness Therapist for over two decades, is also a performing artist, a creative dance choreographer working with stories and poetry, and a college professor. She is versed in Eastern and Western movement styles integrating body, mind spirit, and has studied in Bali, Java, India, Bhutan and beyond. She has worked with Waking Dreams & Warrior Women of Rhode Island, whose goal is to examine the relationship of arts and medicine and to discover how to integrate and promote healing, transformation. Caryl has created and instituted programs in Yoga and Meditation in schools and hospitals like Saint Anne's and Luke's. She teaches teaches yoga and dance at Bridgewater State, Bristol Community College in MA. Caryl is available for workshops and residencies in Yoga, Yoga Dance Meditation, Body Somatics and Creative Dance. In her Tiverton studio, RIVERS OF LIGHT she offers personalized healing yoga, dance meditation, and fitness, in small classes, and private sessions, as well as at the Little Compton and Westport Community Centers.
posted 08Jul02.updated 18Oct05
Born in Bologna Italy, Annamaura Silverblatt was trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Performance Choreography from MCLA. From 1968 to 1970, she danced with Dance Theatre Seattle, from 1970 to 1975, she was with Ballet South Memphis Tennessee where she was awarded the 1975 Choreographer of the Year for the southern states. While residing in Los Angeles (1976-1988), she was one of the twelve choreographers chosen to do the opening of the 1985 Olympics. Since her relocation to Providence, Mrs.Silverblatt has choreographed and performed throughout the New England area. Since 1994, she has been a guest artist in residence at Brown University's Department of Theatre,Speech and Dance where she teaches choreography with Julie Strandberg. In 1998, Mrs.Silverblatt presented two full evenings of works by women choreographers at Trinity Theater.
Eddie Silvestre is a member of Everett Dance Theatre in Providence. He teaches acrobatics at the Providence Circus School, and flipping and Capoeira at the Carriage House School in Providence where he is a co-director and choreographer for the Carriage House Performers. He is the Outreach Director for afterschool programs for the Providence YMCA. His energy and dynamic style are an inspiration to his students.
Ed Slattery lives in Rhode Island and has taught dance all over New England.
Sarah Sloane has been teaching the street versions of swing(including lindy), and various latin dances including salsa in and about Rhode Island and New England since 1994 when she founded Hepcats as a reasonably priced nonsmoking venue for swing dance. When you see people doing swing at nightclubs or at swing dances you can be sure that many of them have taken classes from her or from teachers who have trained with her. She also DJ's for swing dances, and offers monthly swing dances in Fairhaven,Massachusetts.
ARCHIVE: SARAH'S CLASSES
posted Feb01.updated 17Dec04
Teacher,Artistic Director, Owner of The Studio,Dancer(r)
Marilyn Smayda studied ballet with Lydia Pettine. She danced professionally with American Festival Ballet in Augsburg Germany and toured Europe with the group. While in college, she performed with the Modern Dance Company of URI and taught ballet in Kingston. She has studied in New York with David Howard and Finis Jung and at Jacob's Pillow and Mary Mount College in Pennsylvania. She is the owner of The Studio in Narragansett where she trains students who are interested in pursuing a ballet career.
ADDRESS: Mariner Square/140 Point Judith Road/Narragansett RI 02882
posted 06Feb01.updated 14Nov01
Kathy Gordon Smith has been performing and choreographing for the past 20 years. During this time, she was a member of Concert Dance Company of Boston, performing the works of Lucinda Childs, Mark Morris, BeBe Miller, Mark Dendy, Mark Taylor and others. She has also worked with Heidi Henderson, Kelli Wicke Davis, Sean Curran, Marcus Schulkind, Rebecca Rice, Peter DiMuro, Groundwerx Dance Theatre, and Ram Island Dance Company in the works of Ruth St.Denis and Daniel McCusker. Ms Smith is a faculty member in the Department of Dance and Performance Studies at Roger Williams University and directs the dance program at St George's School.
ARCHIVE: May3-5, 2001 performed and choreographed the solo dance, Veiled, in Groundwerx Dance Theatre's Choreographers Showcase at The Carriage House.
Marisa Soltis began dancing in New York City as a scholarship student at the Harkness Ballet, under the tutelage of Nansi Clement (American Ballet Theatre), Nokita Talin (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), Eleanor D'Antuano(ABT), and George Parkinson (ABT). Marisa has danced for the Ballet Theatre of Boston, Spindle City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Ruth Pages's Chicago Ballet, and was a member of the Providence-based The Cadence Dance Project. She made her debut as a principal dancer in Giselle and Copellia with the Fort Wayne Ballet in Indiana. Her repertoire includes Fall River Legend, Serenade, Rodeo, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, La Sylphide, Pequita, and Nutcracker. December 2003, she will dance the Sugar Plum fairy in BalletRox' Urban Nutcracker at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester Massachusetts.
posted 06Feb01.updated 20Nov03
ARCHIVE: Designed the costumes for Ruth..less, apples to oranges, and Outside The Box for The Island Moving Company (May 00).
SOSCIA/BRYAN AND KATHY
Bryan and Kathy Soscia started taking ballroom dance lessons in 1985 at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Rhode Island, and entered many amateur dance competitions while they were students. They owned the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Warwick from 1993 to 1996 and founded Arthur Murray in Johnston. In 1991, they started hosting K&S Dances at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cranston, R.I. In 1999 they expanded into Massachusetts. Bryan and Kathy have provided the music for many different functions, such as the Fairhaven Ballroom Dance Competition, the Rhode Island State Games Ballroom Competition, the Brown University Intercollegiate Ballroom Dance Competition, Holly Cross Competition, MASSABDA Winter Dance Camp, MASSABDA Summer Dance Camp, Providence Waterfire at the Sovereign Outdoors Ballroom, DOCMA & Friends Way Fun Raisers as well as holiday balls, awards banquets, anniversary parties and weddings. They are well known for their excellent music and attention to detail.
WEBSITE: K&S Dances
posted 06Feb01.updated 12Sep04
Alexandra is a charter member of Rhode Island's Ballet Theatre and has appeared in their performances including Les Petits Riens, Here, There, Everywhere, The Debut, Saltimbanco, Alice in Wonderland, Celtic Reflections, Hansel and Gretel, and Festival in Venice. She is a teaching assistant at Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy.
WEBSITE: RHODE ISLANDS BALLET THEATRE
Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher
Ballet, Modern, Jazz
In 2001 Elizabeth Spatz moved to Newport, Rhode Island after living in New York City for twelve years. For the past nine years Elizabeth had been a soloist with Randy James Dance Works where she was a founding member as well as the company's associate director. She has also worked with various choreographers and companies in New York including Chase Dance Theatre, Dura Mater, JoAnna Mendl Shaw and Sabrina Peck, and has appeared with other companies including the Chicago City Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Dayton Ballet.
She was an adjunct lecturer in the dance department at Queensborough Community College in Queens, New York, teaching ballet, modern and jazz technique, and choreographing for the Dance Workshop. She has taught at various dance schools, colleges, universities and festivals in the United States and abroad, including Tage des Tanzas (Germany), Longwood College (Virginia), Tri-Distric Arts Consortium (South Carolina), Midsummer Macon Dance Festival (Georgia), Greenville Fine Arts Center (South Carolina), among others. Elizabeth received her early dance training at the Chicago City Ballet under Maria Tallchief and the Ruth Page Foundation under Larry Long, graduated with a B.A. degree in Dance and Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago, and holds certification in Fitness Instruction from New York University.
She currently teaches dance at Roger Williams University, Newport Academy of Ballet and Dance Forum in Wickford where she is also the Artistic Director. Locally, her choreography has been performed by RWU's Dance Theatre. .
WEBSITE: RANDY JAMES DANCE WORKS
posted 14Nov01.updated 11Jun03
Middle Eastern, Belly Dance
Kristie Speck is a lifelong student of dance having studied ballet and modern dance with Heather Ahern, African with Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, and Middle Eastern dance with Sabra Jamal, Nourhaun Sharif and Shadia Malouf in Rhode Island as well as New York masters Pat Hall and Elainia Lentini. Kristie's passion is teaching and she runs her own classes in the Providence area and is now a certified yoga teacher.
In addition to teaching, she has performed at Providence's Convergence Festival of the Arts, Arts in the Park, CAV Restaurant and La Camilia Restaurant, as well as at private events as a soloist and with the troupe Fuego Flamenco.
ARCHIVE: See her classes at riDance's Middle Eastern Dance
posted 12Oct02.updated 14Jun07
Teacher, Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Author
Marty Sprague is a freelance choreographer as well as a certified Dance Educator. Currently teaching dance at Providence Academy of International Studies, she is also the artistic director of Rhode Island's Chance To Dance program. She was a teacher in the nationally renowned Roger Williams Middle School dance program (since disbanded).
In addition, she has authored four books along with Helene Scheff and Susan McGreevy-Nichols, most recently, Experience Dance: From Student to Dance Artost.
Marty Sprague danced, taught and choreographed with Fusionworks from 1994 to 2002. She has been a member of the Boston Dance Theater, Rhode Island Dance Rep (she also became it's second artistic director), Tanagra Movement Theater, AnnaMaura Silverblatt & Co, and Cumberland Company. She re-united with her RI Dance Rep colleagues when, in 2001, she joined Arabella - a dance company devoted to exploring performance dance with older bodies.
She has an MA in dance education from Teacher's College, Columbia University, and a BFA in dance from the Boston Conservatory.
ARCHIVE: ROLES AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Building More Dances (2001)
posted 06Feb01.updated 12Sep04
Kathy St Jean has been dancing since a very young child. She started dancing in the performing arts and during college crossed over into ballroom. She has taught ballroom and the performing arts for over 25 years, and is a Professor of Dance at Rhode Island College along with being on the staff of The Dancin Feelin, in Warwick, RI. She is a former competitor having won many titles in American Smooth, International Latin and Standard. Kathy is a certified ballroom judge with the NDCA as well as a certified judege with the United Country Western Dance Council. She can be seen judging ballroom and country western competitions( including their World Competition held in Canada in 2001).
Kathy holds two college degrees of which one is in Dance. She has certification from the ISTD, NADTA, DTCB and DEA. She has appeared on NBC-TV Dance Fever as well as taught aboard the Crystal Harmony Cruise Ship which travels throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. In addition ballroom she coaches couples and pro-ams dancing on the Country Western Dance Circuit. She also coaches the MIT Ballroom Dance Team in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her passion throughout life has always been dance and finds great rewards passing on her love and knowlege of dance to her students.
ADDRESS: The Dancin' Feelin' 272 Pettaconsett Ave (just off Post Rd), Warwick RI 02888
posted Feb01.updated 24Jan08
A dancer with Fusionworks since 1992, Stephanie Stanford also serves as assistant to the director, business manager and teaches at the Fusionworks Dance Academy. During her many years with Fusionworks she has worked with thousands of children throughout the region while still having the chance to perform and grow artistically. Stephanie was a principal dancer with the Cumberland Company for the Performing Arts. She then went on to receive her BFA in dance from the Boston Conservatory where she studied with AnnaMarie Sarazin, Clara Ramona, Peter Dimuro, and Marcus Schulkind.
ADDRESS: Fusionworks/PO Box 402/Lincoln RI 02865
Tara Steeves is a Life Coach & Certified JourneyDance Instructor who specializes in helping people live their dreams through the process of finding their authentic passion & realizing their vision for the future. She is passionate about assisting others to set their ambitions high and live a life of integrity, demonstrated through dream realization and the alignment of work and play.
Founder & President of Create Your Life!, LLC, Tara is a creative entrepreneur and strong advocate for self-employment as a tremendous platform on which to constantly evolve, design, and create your life. A self-starter and leader by nature, she thinks big, encourages possibilities, and honors individual wisdom and strengths. Her clients experience results such as: increased financial freedom, greater balance in one's personal and professional life, increased confidence in one's direction, and a more fulfilling experience of life in general, often reaching beyond what initially felt comfortable or feasible. To every exchange she brings her dynamic personality, focused attention, and fusion of Psychology, Coaching, Business, Expressive Movement and Holistic Health training.
A Rhode Island resident since 1993, Tara is a graduate of Providence College where she earned a BA in Psychology and minored in Theater Arts. Sensing her need to integrate a holistic philosophy of health into her work, she attended massage therapy school. Although not a practicing Massage Therapist, this experience proved to deepen her understanding of holistic health and its power to heal. Consistent with her independent spirit and inherent leadership skills, she took graduate level business courses to further educate herself in how to start a business of her own, earning a certificate in the Essentials of Business Development from Regis University.
She received her coach training through Coach U, an accredited program based in Colorado, and continues to do so. As a life-long learner, she became a certified JourneyDance teacher in 2006 in response to her growing desire to formally incorporate movement into her work. She describes JourneyDance as "life coaching through dance": an enriching, joyous, movement-based journey that allows for the safe release of fears and limiting beliefs in favor of empowerment and a clear vision towards creating your best life.
Tara is passionate about harnessing the combined power of a holistic philosophy, individual gifts and strengths, authentic expression, and a plan of action in order to reach a common goal - more authentic, joyful living!
To arrange for individual coaching, a complimentary first coaching session, workshops, women's retreat weekends, and/or JourneyDance classes, please contact Tara at 401-569-7017 or Tara@createyourlifeinc.com.
WEBSITE: Create Your Life!, LLC
posted 02Jan07.updated 7Jan08
Dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer
Modern, ballet, dance history (wRI)
Julie Adams Strandberg is the Executive Director of The American Dance Legacy Institute, is an Artist-In-Residence and the Director of Dance at Brown University and is on the faculty of The Brown/Trinity Consortium which provides a three-year professional masters program to students under the auspices of Brown and Trinity Rep. In 1971 she co-founded The Rhode Island Dance Repertory Company and was its artistic director until 1978. In 1973, she co-founded The Harlem Dance Foundation with her parents, Julius J. and Olive A. Adams and her sister, Carolyn Adams. She is a graduate of the Ethical Culture Schools and has a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.S. from The Bank Street College of Education. She is Associate Artist Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance and was on the faculty of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival from 1992-1995.
She has choreographed and directed extensively for college, community, and professional theater groups, directed the Brown University productions of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, and Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, choreographed the Trinity Square Repertory Company productions of Ghost Dance and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and directed, Tabou: Parisian Cellars in the 50's and 60's and The Life and Times of Joseph Beuys for The Rhode Island School of Design, and directed The Harlem Dance Foundation's Santa Claus and The Unicorn, an original, multi-generational musical. She was one of the original teachers in the Dancers in the Schools pilot project. She served as vice-chairman of The Rhode Island Alliance for the Arts in Education and, in 1974-1975, was the first dancer-in-residence for The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
She has designed and coordinated programs, workshops, and productions for young children, such as Where the Wild Things Are (1974), The Trouble with Toys (1976), and Somewhere Near the Moon. (1983) She has also collaborated with scientists and artists in other disciplines to create many works for traditional theater as well as experimental spaces. In 1985, she took a sabbatical leave from her duties at Brown University for a world tour, with her daughters, studying dance and theater traditions in other countries. She was honored by the city of Providence as one of its 350 most distinguished citizens during the celebration of the city's 350th birthday.
With her sister, Carolyn Adams, she co-authored American Education and The Arts: A Balancing of Visions for Cultural Transformation, and Dancing Through The Curriculum (a guide to dance video tapes for teachers), and co-produced Images & Reflections, a video documentary on Donald McKayle's Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder. She is a founding member of the dance company-Arabella Project. Her daughter Laura Bennett also dances and choreographs.
ARCHIVE: 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 in the premiere of Arabella Project's The Good, the Sad and the Ugly at The American Dance Legacy Institute's Winter Mini-Fest Dance Concert Ashamu Dance Theatre Brown University
EMAIL: Julie_Strandberg@brown.edu (updated 12Feb02)
WEBSITE: AMERICAN DANCE LEGACY INSTITUTE and BROWN/TRINITY CONSORTIUM
posted 06Feb01.updated 03Jan02