Danoe The Clown-clown(performance)
Davis/Jennifer-teacher,physical therapist(ballet,pilates,dance injury)
Del Giudice/Dante-choreographer(modern),director of Dance RIC, faculty
Dubois/Patricia-stage manager,ballet mistress,costume designer,teacher
Dutra/Carolyn-teacher(ballet, jazz, tap, theatrical)
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, Visual arts, Poetry (wRI)
Elizabeth Lusi D'Abbraccio, BA2, MAT, ME, MEd, is a dancer, choreographer, poet, visual and performance artist, teacher and educator who shares her energy, talents and creativity with urban-based, culturally diverse community organizations and institutions. She is the recipient of several Individual Artist Grants awarded by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, most recently for 2004-2005, and the Teacher Incentive Grant awarded by Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities. In addition, Elizabeth has been granted the Teacherıs Award of Excellence by the Rhode Island Foundation, plus university dance and art scholarships along with holding State of Rhode Island Teaching Certifications in Dance and Art.
Elizabeth's choreography, performance art, multi-media artwork, designs and visual installations have been exhibited, choreographed and performed in a variety of artistic venues including Providence, Newport, Boston, New York City, Alaska, Italy and Greece for corporate, private, non-profit and educational sponsors, plus independent regional art and international studio film productions. Her multi-media artwork is included in both public and private permanent collections.
As a former member of the Rhode Island College Modern Dance Company, Elizabeth has trained with and performed choreography by such noted dance artists as Susan Renhorst, Martha Renzi, David Brown, Jim Coleman and Therese Freedman. In Elizabeth's thirty year study of the dance, Herci Marsden, Dorthy Jungels, Dante DelGudice, Lynn Simonson, Gus Solomons, Douglas Dunn and Jeremy Anderson have been influential dance teachers. She trained and performed in the style of Luigi and Gus Giordano with Jeremy Anderson's Steam Heat Jazz Dancers.
Her most important teacher and mentor though has been Gary Miller (aka Almasi). Elizabeth collaborated with her dear friend, partner and noted international choreographer/actor, Gary Miller for over six years on choreography and performance in a variety of venues both locally (such as Brown Universityıs Annual Spring Dance Concert), regionally and in Greece. Locally, she was Assistant Choreographer in Gary Millerıs creation of Life Suite performed by Festival Ballet of Rhode Island and assisted him in concept, choreography, plus both set and costume design, for Dream Weave as performed by Island Moving Company. Bill Gale (former writer of The Providence Journal) was quoted as saying " [Dream Weave was] the dance event of the year (1987) in Rhode Island...the piece was both surrealistic and funny, a comment on the loose ends of this wet world...it set off sparks in your mind."
Recent collaborative efforts in dance and choreography have been with Hiko, a musical composer and pianist. His music inspired the creation of Abbracciabeni (1999), a dance piece choreographing Elizabeth's journey through breast cancer. She has since inspired the love of dance and movement to other breast cancer patients and survivors through teaching workshops.
Elizabeth has taught dance, choreography and performance as faculty member and director of dance to public school students in the Arts Magnet program at Hope High School and CityArts! in Providence, plus Citizens Memorial School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She has also taught in the local private school setting, including The French-American School of Rhode Island, and internationally in Greek and Italian schools.
Current dance choreography and creative educational projects include Humpback Whales: The Great Communicators of the Sea published in 2002 on the Discovery of Sound in the Sea educational website http://www.dosits.org/dosits.htm launched by the University of Rhode Island Marine Coastal programs with funding provided by the Office of Naval Research and Choreographying Narragansett Bay published in 2001 on the Discovery of Estuarine Environments educational website http://omp.gso.uri.edu/doee/doee.htm with funding provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Narragansett Bay Commission and the Eisenhower Program for Professional Development.
Elizabeth presents professional development education workshops on her published dance projects to elementary and secondary teachers in both the public and private sector. She can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical Therapist,Teacher,Certified Pilates Instructor, dancer(r)
Ballet, Pilates, Dance Injury (lRI,wRI)
Born and trained in New York City at the Joffery Ballet School, Jennifer Davis went on to dance with Washington Ballet and Choo San Goh, The New Orleans Ballet, Dennis Wayne's Dancers and settled in at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where she was featured in ballets by Balanchine, Jiri Kilian, Ailey and Petipa she retired as a soloist 13 years later in 1995.
As a young dancer, she started her Pilates work with Corolla Trier in New York and later received instructor training from Peter Vaillancourt and has most recently earned certification from Stott Pilates. She received her BA in dance from S.U.N.Y., Empire State Collage and her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. Her extensive background in Pilates exercise and injury rehabilitation for dancers makes her sought after by injured dancers.
Jennifer currently teaches private Pilates sessions using reformer and spring chair equipment from her home in Pawtucket and teaches mat class at numerous locations around Rhode Island. She runs alignment workshops for dance teachers, has taught a Core Strength & Injury Prevention program at Festival Ballet, and has been called to Providence Performing Arts Center to provide physical therapy services for cast members of Broadway productions. Presently, Jennifer is clinical director of Rhode Island Rehabilitation's new east-side location where she integrates manual therapy techniques with Pilates and dance-specific rehabilitation principles.
posted 06Jan03.updated 01Dec05
Elizabeth Corey Defanti was born in Winipeg just before her parents, Christine Hennessy and Winthrop Corey left the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to come to Rhode Island in 1978. She began her classical dance training at Festival Ballet with her parents and subsequently studied at the National Ballet School in Toronto and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.
As a member of Festival Ballet, Ms. DeFanti was noted for her principal roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Eaters of Darkness. In 1993, she joined the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet where she danced soloist roles and received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Maria in The Nutcracker. She made guest appearances with the Mobile (Alabama) Ballet, the Sea Coast Ballet in New Hampshire, and with the Worcester Youth Ballet. In 1994 she performed in Charleston, South Carolina's Piccolo Spoleto Festival where she received praise for her portrayal of Kitri in the wedding pas de deux of Don Quixote and Juliet in the balcony pas de deux of Romeo and Juliet. She also appeared as a principal dancer in two nationally broadcast television commercials.
Returning to Rhode Island, Ms. DeFanti assumed the role of Artistic Director of Festival Ballet for the 1997-98 Season. She also assumed ownership of The Dance Center, school of Festival Ballet and taught extensively there. In May of 2001 she graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Psychology. While at Brown, she was involved in several research projects and was awarded a grant to study attention and memory in Alzheimer patients. Ms. DeFanti currently resides in Manhattan with her husband Adam. She is pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology at Columbia University's Teachers College, but was lured back to FB to restage her mother's choreography for the May 2003 Festival Ballet production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Since 1985, Bernie Delgado has danced with companies across the United States. including the Cadence Dance Project in 2000. Previously, he had completed seasons with Ballet Pacifica and State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, and in 2001 returned to California.
posted 29Jan01.updated 27Mar01
Randy Deats has been teaching for over 25 years and is the Director of The Dancin' Feelin', a popular ballroom dance studio located in Warwick Rhode Island. Randy has won numerous awards for his competitive dancing, The Dancin' Feelin', his choreography, his friendship (!) and his book. He is a member of North American Teachers of Dance Association (NADTA). He has served both as an officer of Dance Teaachers' Club of Boston (DTCB), the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). Randy has also served as ballroom chairperson for DTCB. Randy has taught aboard the Crystal Harmony cruise ship traveling throughout the world.
His TV series Dancing Disco, which premiered in 1978 and was produced by WGBH, went on to win an Emmy for outstanding instructional programming and in 1979 the show was picked up by PBS and aired internationally. That same year, he published a companion book on disco dance (hustle). Alex Moore reviewed it as the best Disco book he had read and sold it though his monthly letter service.
Randy has taught aboard the Crystal Harmony cruiseship teaching throughout the Caribbean, Russia, Europe and Scandinavia. He is a fully certified championship level judge with NDCA, as well as a certified judge with United Country-Western Dance Council (UCWDC). Randy judges many dance competitions including the 2003 USABDA Nationals and the 2001 UCWDC World Championships held in Canada. Randy has taught many country western workshops and seminars at these events and was a featured instructor at the USABDA Nationals held in Rhode Island.
He is a Master of Ceremonies at many prestigious events. He is the head coach for the University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College ballroom dance clubs. Together with his wife Kathy St.Jean, he teaches seminars for various dance organizations. He and his wife are also the DJ's and event directors of Kathy & Randy's Ballroom Dance. Randy is involved not only in the day-to-day affairs of the studio, but continues the ongoing training of both staff and students.
He is the head coach for the University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College ballroom dance clubs. Randy remains involved not only in the day-to-day affairs of the studio, but continues to personally be involved in the ongoing training of both staff and students. He is a Master of Ceremonies at many prestigious events.
ARCHIVE: MARCH2002 - WGBH magazine had a short article on Randy and Dancing Disco
WEBSITE: THE DANCIN' FEELIN'
posted 05Feb02.updated 17Apr06
Director of Dance at Rhode Island College, Faculty
Dante Del Giudice is an Assistant Professor of dance and has served as Director of Dance at Rhode Island College since 1984. As Director of the Rhode Island College Dance Company he has produced and directed nearly two-hundred performances and commissioned almost seventy works by local, regional, and national choreographers. Program development has included establishment in 1984 of the annual Winter Concert with guest artists and the Rhode Island Dances Series in 1991.
Dante's professional dance credits include work throughout the eastern United States and extended residencies in Holland and Belgium with Dance Collective of Boston (1980-85), Concert Dance Company of Boston (1979-82 and 1984), and Marcus Schulkind Dance Company in New York (1977-78). He completed a BA in dance (student designed concentration) at RIC in 1979 and a MPA at URI in 1998. His community work has included service on the Board of Directors of the Duncan Avenue Arts Collaborative (Providence, RI) and he was a founding and advisory member of the Rhode Island Dance Consortium.
Carpenter, Set Builder
Ballet (lRI, wRI)
Thierry Deluca-Verley's love of dance dates from childhood, having grown up in a family of crafts people and visual artists who all share an enthusiastic appreciation for the performing arts. Thierry built the amazing set for Cadence Dance Project's Pippi Longstocking. He is the maker of fine hardwood furniture residing in Barrington RI.
ARCHIVE: Built the set for Pippi Longstocking with the Cadence Dance Project. March/June 00
Modern (?) (lRI)(sRI)
Albert Denis graduated from Rhode Island College and is now based in New York City.
ARCHIVE: Performed with Liam Clancy and Friends April 2000 at Carriage House.
Christina DiBiasio is currently majoring in health education and dance at Rhode Island College. She is currently a member of the Rhode Island College Dance Company and Dance Planet. She was elected co-director of the RIC Dance Company for the 2001-2002 season.
During the past two years with the Dance Planet Dance Troupe, she has performed throughout New England including a four month residency at NV@The Stand in Providence, Axis in Boston, and as a back-up dancer for Asia at Stage East in Hartford. In 2001, she was a featured dancer on the MTV show, Carmen Electra's Dance Party.
ARCHIVE: February 1-3, 2002 Performed in Dance Planet's first full length concert in the following numbers - In The Beginning, In My Dreams, I'm A Slave 4 U, We Were in the Dark, Bumpin' And Jumpin', Arabian Pleasure, Lady Marmalade, All For You, Dance With Me, Stand Up and Tonight.
Colleen Dillard joined Festival Ballet in 1998 and left in 2003. She was a soloist. She married and in 2005 moved to kentucky where she plans to start a family and continue with her schooling.
Born in Pensacola Florida, she received her training at the Walnut Hill School and the Ecole Superior de Danse du Quebec. She has been a member of Charleston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Les Grandes Ballet Canadian, and Ballet New England. Her soloist and principal roles have included Mouse Queen, Spanish Merlitons, and Columbine in The Nutcracker, Myrta in Giselle, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Tudor's Little Improvisations, Act II of La Bayadere, Concerto Borocco, Carmina Burana, and Fading. She has created roles in Mihailo Djuric's The Firebird, Magnificat, and Upon Dark.
ARCHIVE: February 4, 2001 at RISD Auditorium played the role of the tap dancing Duck in Festival Ballet's Peter and the Wolf.
March 11-12, 2000 at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence danced the role of one of the vampire brides in Winthrop Corey's Dracula staged by Festival Ballet.
November 21-22, 1999 at Rhode Island College Auditorium danced in Magnificat&Soledad for Festival Ballet.
WEBSITE: FESTIVAL BALLET
posted 29Jan01.updated 09Mar06
Alicia DiMasi is currently a student at Rhode Island College majoring in psychology and dance where she is also co-director of The RIC Dance Company. She was recently chosen to participate in a jazz residency with Danny Buraczeski which will culminate in a premiere performance in March 2002, and is a member of Dance Planet. Alicia has also previously taught tap, jazz, and ballet at Rosemary's School of Dance Education.
ARCHIVE: February 1-3, 2002 Performed in Dance Planet's first full length concert in the following numbers - In The Beginning, In My Dreams, Where U R, We Were in the Dark, Bumpin' And Jumpin', Arabian Pleasure, Lady Marmalade, All For You, Dance With Me, Stand Up and Tonight.
Mihailo Djuric is a former first soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His training and experience encompasses ballet, jazz, modern, folk-dance, and musical theatre. During his ballet career he has worked with Natalia Dudinskaya, Constantin Sergeyev, Maryon Lane and Norman Dixon.
As a choreographer, he has been recognized with numerous awards including gold and bronze medals at the Yugoslavian choreographers' competition. Besides Yugoslavia and the United States, his work has been performed in Russia, Switzerland, Malta, Romania, and Italy. In 1991, he was appointed Artistic Director at Ballet New England. Under his direction, Ballet New England's Company and School dramatically increased in programs and visibility, becoming the leader of New Hampshire's dance community. In 1993 and again in 1998, Mihailo was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. The Council also commissioned him to choreograph and create a ballet for the 1997 Governor's Awards in the Arts Ceremony. In January 1998, he co-founded Ballet Theatre Workshop and the Children's Repertory Ballet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
In July 1998, Mihailo joined Festival Ballet of Rhode Island in North Providence as Artistic Director, where he oversees the Company, Junior Company, and Festival Ballet Providence Dance Center. In the United States, Mihailo has created over twenty-six original works and has staged nineteen other works including The Nutcracker and Les Sylphides, and has introduced the joy of dance to thousands of school children with performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops, master classes, and school residency programs. In 1999, under Mihailo's direction, Festival Ballet presented seven different productions with more than thirty-five performances to an audience of over 20,000.
WEBSITE: FESTIVAL BALLET
Modern,Belly Dance,Creative Dance
Barbara Derecktor Donahue is known as The Dancing Spirit of Tiverton. Currently she teaches her Interpretive Oriental Style Belly Dance for teens and adults in Tiverton and Fall River. She recieved her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, New York. She helps organize community performing arts events and writes for a local brand new Tiverton Newsletter.
ADDRESS: 219 Nanaquaket Rd, Tiverton
posted 19Jun03.updated 26Sep07
Performing Arts (wRI)
Jo-Ann Donnelly is the owner/director of Jo-Ann's Dance Studio, in Riverside, Rhode Island. Ms. Jo-Ann is a member of the Dance Teachers' Club of Boston and has been tested and certified to teach dance. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in elementary education. Jo-Ann continues to study dance with various master choreographers thruogh DTCB And is currently enjoying the art of ballroom dance.
After many rewarding years of teaching fourth grade, she is looking forward to devoting her time to dance in the near future. Ms. Jo-Ann served this past year as a committee member of the dance teachers' club for their student workshops. She is most proud that her daughter, Shannon, is also teaching dance at the studio.
Ms. Jo-Ann has taught dance for more than twenty three years and continues to offer fun classes for the beginner as well as challenging classes for the pre professional dancer!
Maura Nguyen Donohue was born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. With her sister and collaborator, she founded Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company in 1995 along with Peggy Cheng, Nancy Ellis, SanSan Kwan, and Brian Nishii. In Mixed Company draws on the talents of each of its members in dance, music, theatre, and written mediums, often exploring issues surrounding identity specifically regarding racial ties and gender roles, and incorporating text with athletic movement.
While in Rhode Island, Maura studied with Christine Hennessey at The Dance Academy, and she was a member of Festival Ballet from 1980 to 1986. In addition, she was a member of The Cumberland Company for the Performing Arts from 1987 to 1990. At Barrington High School, Maura was captain of the Gymnastics team, an honor roll student, and choreographed several BHS productions.
Since arriving in New York in 1994, her work has been presented regularly at DTW, as well as at PS 122, La Mama ETC, Danspace at St Mark's Church, Mulberry Street Theatre, Pentacle, Cunningham Theatre, Westbeth Arts Complex, and the Henry Street Settlement. Nationally her work has been performed at The Dance Hall in Cincinnati Ohio as well as On the Boards, Dance Centre/Seattle, Dance on Capitol, and the Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle Washington. Her one-woman show When You're Old Enough toured California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island (Brown University-Multiracial Heritage Week), Seattle and Wisconsin, and was published in Watermark: an anthology of Vietnamese American Writings. She has choreographed for Los Angeles-based Club O'Noodles, San Khau Viet in San Jose, Vietnamese American Civic Association in Springfield Massachusetts and le thi diem thuy's the bodies between us. She performed in Berkeley Rep's production of Dragonwings for Seattle Children theatre, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta Georgia, and Syracuse Stage.
She is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Smith College where she received a BA in Anthropology and Dance, and spent the spring 2000 semester there as a Visiting Guest Artist. She was a 1996 Emerging Choreographer at the Bates Dance Festival, a 1995 Van Lier Choreographic Fellow, a member of Chen & Dancers from 1994 to 1996, and facilitated The Field's Asian American Artist Workshop. She toured the US performing Peking Opera wu Dan(woman warrior) roles with Jamie H.J.Guan and as a member of La Mama ETC's Great Jones Rep Co, has toured to Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Greece, and Austria in Andrei Serban/Elizabeth Swados' experimental operas medea, Electra, and The Trojan Women. Maura also writes for DanceInsider.com and trains in Seido karate.
WEBSITE: INMIXED COMPANY and DANCEINSIDER.COM
Dana D'Iorio has spent the last 18 years of her life training, performing, choreographing and teaching dance here in Rhode Island and in New York. She began training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz under the direction of her mother, Debi Cusick-D'Iorio at Dance Rhode Island beginning at the tender age of two. She continued studying Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern under the direction of her Aunt Cherylann Cusick-Igliozzi beginning in 1986 at Dance Rhode Island, as well as training in Ballet with Ann Beretta-Morsilli of Festival Ballet. Dana was an original member of Dance Kids, a pre-teen American Bandstand broadcast on Cable TV in the mid 1980's.
Since Dana began competing in 1988, she has won numerous Gold Awards for her Tap and Jazz performances, including the coveted Choreography Award, First Place and Grand Regional Champion for her tap rendition of Habanero at Hoctor's National Dance Caravan in 1989. Dana was a partner in a jazz duet winning First Place and National Grand Champion in the PDTA National Competition in New York in July 1991. She was also a soloist with a group of tap dancers who were the Dance Caravan Grand Champions in 1991. Dana has auditioned for, and won two scholarships to STEPS Dance Center in New York City. Dana has also been choreographing for recital productions since 1990.
While a Junior at Narragansett High School, Dana competed in the 1997 Rhode Island Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant, winning the Presence & Composure Award, and a scholarship for College. She is no stranger to the pageant system, and has choreographed for the Miss South County Regional Scholarship Program and the Miss Western Rhode Island Pageant. Dana is currently the choreographer for the Miss Rhode Island Scholarship Pageant, a State preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Program.
Through the years, Dana has consistently studied with some of the finest dancers in the business, including Thommie Walsh, an original cast member of A Chorus Line; Ron DeVito of Starlight Express and Cats and the Director of Access Broadway Conventions; Gil Stroming of Broadway Dance Center, Devorah Cooper and Savion Glover while living in New York City. She also auditioned for and won a spot on the Crunch Dance Team, for Crunch Gyn in New York. She is a member of Blade Dance Team in NYC, under the direction of one of Sisquo's top dancers. Dana was a member of the University of Rhode Island's Ramettes Dance Team from 1998 - 2000, and is currently the co-director of the Terpsichore Dance Team based at Narragansett Performing Arts where she has coached her dancers to multiple medals. Dana also organizes the Team's outings, field trips and performances.
Dana is not only known for her fabulous feet, she's also know for her dynamic Hip Hop choreography and for developing a dance style all her own! Dana is currently in her last year as a Communications Major, Theater Minor at the University of Rhode Island, and has just returned home from an internship position at MTV in New York City where she was also a dancer on their show, Direct Effect. Dana teaches exclusively at the Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre in Narragansett, Rhode Island and owns and operates The Dancer's Corner Dance Apparel store in Narragansett.
posted 11Sep01.updated 30Aug03
Stage Manager, Ballet Mistress, Costume Designer, Teacher, Dancer(r)
Patricia Dubois is a former principal dancer with Festival Ballet, performing such roles as Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker and featured in Grande Pas de Quatre, Paquita Variations, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. Since then she has been on the faculty of the Festival Ballet Dance Center teaching classical ballet. She is the primary costume designer and seamstress for the company. In addition she has also stage-managed many productions including The Nutcracker, To-The-Pointe, Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Snow White. In 1977, the National Society of Fundraising Executives honored Patricia as Festival Ballet's Partner in Philanthropy.
WEBSITE: FESTIVAL BALLET
Carolyn Dutra has been a driving force in the Rhode Island dance community for the past thirty years, and is the owner/director of three successful dance studios named the Carolyn Dutra Dance Studios. She was a member of the world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes for three years from 1967 to 1969 as well as a solist and charter member of the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island and a proud member of the original Sherry Gold Dance Company of Boston. Carolyn is certified to teach dance by Dance Masters of America and the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and has served on both their boards. She is a member of Dance Alliance and has taught and adjudicated throughout the United States and Europe.
ARCHIVE: Also see Jaime Windrow who became a Rockette in 1997
posted 29Jan01.updated 09Aug03