Foothills Dance Conservatory 109 E. North 1st Street Seneca, SC
Foothills Dance Conservatory109 E. North 1st StreetSeneca, SC

Ginny Siano-Eck

 

GINNY SIANO-ECK is the founding Artistic Director of Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts and owner and Director of Foothills Dance Conservatory in Seneca.

 

She began her early classical training with Larry Long and Delores Lipinski at the Ruth Page Foundation and with Bell Bender and Ellis-DuBoulay dance schools in Chicago. Ginny holds a B.A. in Dance and Secondary Education from Barat College. While at Barat she trained with Kenneth Melville, Carol Walker, Bobbie Neiman, Marcus Alford, Eileen Cropley and performed with the Barat Repertory Dance Company. While pursing graduate studies at Northwestern University Ginny worked with Peter Sparling, Sue Lee and Juanita Lopez. She trained in modern dance with Randy Duncan, Joseph Holmes, Harriet Ross, and studied jazz under Gus Giordano, Nan Giordano and Lea Darwin.

 

Ginny Siano-Eck taught modern dance for seventeen years in the Performing Arts Departments at Highland Park High School and for three years at Stevenson High School. Ginny has danced with the Tony Wilson Dance Company and Chicago Ballet Ensemble. In 1987 she founded Lake Shore Dancers and remained artistic director until 1996 when she relocated to the upstate. Ginny's former students have had professional careers with American Ballet Theatre, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Charleston Ballet, Maryland Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble and most recently Charlotte Ballet. Ginny was artist in residence for the School District of Oconee County from 1997-2005 and was on the approved artist roster with the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Ben Rabe

BENJAMIN RABE, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received his core training from Westmorland Ballet and The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School with private training from Nicolas Petrov, the founding Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While training he attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, The National Ballet of Canada School in Toronto and Miami City Ballet, all on full scholarship. Following graduation, Mr. Rabe joined Rochester City Ballet in 2009 where he danced featured roles in The Nutcracker, Edward Ellison’s Carmen, Waltz Boy in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and the featured soloist in Jamey Leverett’s Gershwin Preludes and 4Play. 

In 2012, Mr. Rabe joined BalletMet Columbus under the direction of Interim Director James Kudelka followed by Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. While dancing with BalletMet, Mr. Rabe was able to work with many world renown choreographers including James Kudelka, Christopher Wheeldon, Edwaard Liang, Amy Seiwert, David Nixon, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Devon Carney, and Victoria Morgan. He enjoyed dancing a large range of work including Swan LakeSymphony in C by George Balanchine, Napoli by August Bournonville, Romeo and Juliet by David Nixon, James Kudelka’s Rite of SpringMan in Black and Four Seasons, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s 18+1 and Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland

During his time at BalletMet, Mr. Rabe returned to RCB as a guest artist to perform Jamey Leverett’s Lumavoce, as the Jester in Cinderella and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out Festival. 

Mr. Rabe rejoined Rochester City Ballet in 2014 and since then has performed the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and featured roles in Danny Rosseel’s Slightly Sinful and Nikolai Kabaniev’s Bach de Trois. Mr. Rabe has performed many leading roles in David Palmer’s ballet’s including AdiemusUnder the MoonlightMistFollow the RoseSummer of Loveand 52nd Street

Kelly Moeller Rabe

KELLY MOELLER RABE was born in Richland, Washington.  She began her dance training at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet under the direction of Debra and Joel Rogo. As a senior company member of Mid-Columbia Ballet she participated in Regional Dance America Pacific festivals across the country, performing works by Twyla Tharp, Alan Hineline and Kiyon Gaines. Kelly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona School of Dance in 2013. During her four years she performed the Soloist in George Balanchine’s Rubies, the Principal Couple in Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Choleric in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, the Exclamation Point in Sam Watson’s Punctuations.?! and the CHICAGO Suite set by Anne Reinking & Gary Chryst. Kelly had the opportunity to perform in Arizona Theater Company’s The Great Gatsby and Arizona Opera’s Abduction from the Seraglio. Kelly was awarded the Arizona Excellence Scholarship, was a three-time recipient of the Medici Scholarship and was awarded the Maria C. Mandell Memorial Scholarship. Intensive summer studies include Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, International Ballet School, Ballet Austin, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Contemporary Ballet. Since joining Rochester City Ballet in 2013, favorite roles have included Christmas Spirit in The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jamey Leverett’s Incantation, Jimmy Orrante’s The Ugly Duckling and works by David Palmer including AdiemusFollow the Rose and Summer of Love. Kelly has also enjoyed teaching ballet at Rochester City School No. 4 through the after school program Quad A For Kids.

Tracy Vogt

TRACY VOGT, originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, started her dance training at Little’s Dance Studio at age 3. She attended the School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she was given scholarships to study at the Erie Civic Ballet School (Lake Erie Ballet) and the Erie Bayfront Ballet. She received scholarships to the PA Governor’s School for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Modern Intensive, Point Park Summer Dance and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She was also a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York, NY, where she was personally chosen to demonstrate Graham technique by School Director, Denise Jefferson.

 

Her professional experience includes Assistant Rehearsal Director, Principal Dancer and Masterclass Instructor with the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) for twelve years, Rehearsal Director and Principal Dancer for the Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company in Kansas City, MO, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater and Verb Ballets in Ohio, under the direction of Hernando Cortez. She received the Philadelphia Rocky Award for Dance Excellence, and has performed lead roles in works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Elisa Monte, Talley Beatty, George Faison, Bill T. Jones, Dianne McIntyre, Christopher Huggins, Dwight Rhoden and many other diverse contemporary choreographers.

 

 Ms. Vogt has taught at the National Regional Dance America, Southeastern and Northeastern Regional Ballet Festivals, as well as numerous schools, summer intensives and Universities both nationally and abroad, most recently in Uganda, Rwanda and Guinea, Africa for MindLeaps non-profit organization. She was Dance Director for North Atlanta High School in 2009 and on faculty at Tri-Cities High School, Atlanta Ballet and the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities from 2012-2020.

 

Her choreography was selected and performed at RDA SE festival in 2011and 2019, and her contemporary choreography placed 1st, 2nd and numerous top twelve finishes at Youth American Grand Prix in Atlanta, Winston-Salem and YAGP Finals in NYC. She has also choreographed works for Dance Canvas Atlanta, Rockford Dance Company, Erie Contemporary Ballet as well as the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Roswell Dance Theatre Modern Company and teaches at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance in Atlanta.

 

Allie Larson-Thomson

 

ALLIE LARSON-THOMSON started dancing at 3 years and hasn't stopped since. Graduating from James Madison University with a BA in Theater and Dance, she joined West Virginia Dance Company/Theater West Virginia in 2008. After finishing her contract, Allie came back to South Carolina to help start a poultry operation and teach modern and jazz to the students of the Foothills Dance Conservatory. Allie sat as President of the FCPA from 2011 to 2014 and has aided in its indeavors to foster, create and produce positive and engaging educational children's programming for the community at large.

 

 

Robyn Maggio

ROBYN MAGGIO started tapping in Massachusetts at the age of 4 and hasn't stopped since! She was fortunate to have moved to Spartanburg when she was 9 and began training with Marion Feinstein. Miss Marion sealed her love for tap, traveling to take master classes and performing across the country (including The Worlds Fair in 1984).  She even auditioned for Kenny Ortega for the movie Dirty Dancing and was selected as one of the dancers, only to injure her knee the week before filming was to begin. As a young adult, she lived in New York and studied under some great tap and jazz professionals at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. 

She has dance teaching certifications by both Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America.  She served as the President of the Southern Council of Dance Masters here in South Carolina.  She has taught many students that have gone on to have very successful careers in dance.  She is a senior manager in Information Technology at Fluor.  She has been married for 27 years to her best friend, Rich Maggio.

 

Previous Ballet Master Val Salnikov

VAL SALNIKOV has performed both nationally and internationally with the Kirov Ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre St Petersburg, Russia; Saratov Opera House, Voronezh Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Tbilisi Ballet and the Augusta Ballet. His repertoire includes performances of many well-known choreographers including Maurice Béjart, Marius Petipa, Leonid Jacobson, Boris Eifman and George Balanchine. Mr. Salnikov has worked with renowned musicians, Mstislav Rostropovich and Winton Marsalis. He has produced ballets including From Russia with Ballet, The Nutcracker, Carmen, Don Quixote and more. Mr. Salnikov has taught Classical Ballet at the University of South Carolina, Columbia Music Festival Association, South Mississippi Ballet Theatre and the Houston International Ballet Academy.

 

Previous Ballet Mistress Svetlana Todinova

 

SVETLANA TODINOVA is a professional ballet dancer from Russia and performed  with the prestigious Moscow Ballet since 2001 before relocating to teach at Foothills Dance Conservatory. Her profile on the official website for the Moscow Ballet's "The Nutcracker" states the following:

"Svetlana Todinova, Moscow Ballet's dynamic Audition Director and soloist for over a decade, dances as soloist with Moscow Ballet in all the company's repertory. Born in Yadrun, Russia just outside of Moscow, Todinova completed formal training under ballet legendary Yuri Gigorovich at the Ufimsky school of Choreography in Ufa, now named Rudolf Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy in honor of the legendary dancer who was also a graduate. Upon graduation in 1997, Svetlana was invited to dance with the Ufa Opera and Ballet Theatre in the capital city of the Bashkiria Republic. She was later invited to join the Krasnoyarsk Musical Theater, directed by Yuri Grigorovich who is now famous for his virtuosic productions at the Bolshoi Theater. There she danced all the big works that Grigorovich created including "Legend of Love," "Spartacus" and more. She recounts that at rehearsals for these productions Grigorovich would watch the complete show without comment and then gave corrections to each dancer as needed one by one on stage and from memory. In 1999, Svetlana joined Russia's renowned National Academy of Theatrical Arts, aka "GITIS," founded in 1878 by theater pioneer and founder of the Stanislavsky acting method, K. directory, and to preserve the heritage of Russian classical ballet. There she specialized in pedagogy and repertory for children.

Known for her high speed jumps, turns and strong accents, Svetlana was known affectionately among her colleagues as "The Baby Swan" for her role in the classic "Swan Lake." Along with Swan Lake, her repertoire included Spartacus, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and more. As Moscow'
s former  Ballet Audition Director, Svetlana visited dozens of American cities  September though November annually, where she auditioned and rehearsed hundreds of aspiring dancers to perform in Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker." Foothills Conservatory was honored to have her join the faculty in August of 2015.

 

Previous Contemporary/Modern Faculty Adam Jones

ADAM JONES was born and raised in western Massachusetts where he began studying and competing in all styles of dance at the age of 7. Upon graduating from high school he went on to study Classical Ballet and Modern performance at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in NY. It was here that he was able to train and work with established choreographers such as tony award winner Bill T. Jones and two-time Bessie winner Doug Varone. He also had the privilege to be under the direct mentorship of former American Ballet Theater principal Ted Kivitt.  During his collegiate years, he spent his summers dancing at Busch Gardens Europe in Virginia, where he was a featured dancer and dance captain in 4 of their shows in addition to being a featured soloist with NYC based contemporary company BEings Dance under the direction of Emily Bufferd. After college he was signed by Stiletto Entertainment in Los Angeles and had the opportunity to travel to over 75 countries on various Holland America Line cruise ships as a featured dancer and dance captain. Following a move to Los Angeles, he signed with Jim Keith and the Movement Talent Agency. While in LA, he premiered and has been a been a featured dancer in new works from Carey Ysais, Paulette Azizian, and Kristen Shapiro. In addition he has danced back up for Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande while also being featured in numerous Buzzfeed online skits as an actor.

 

Previous Guest Faculty Olivia Powell

 

OLIVIA POWELL a native of the Boston area, received her ballet training from the Boston Ballet School. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ dance department and received her BFA with first class honors at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, in Hong Kong. Olivia then joined The Alabama Ballet where she performed in works such as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, as the dew drop fairy, and Tarantella. She also performed in Jiri Jylian’s Sechs Tanze, Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, and Roger Van Fleteren’s Romeo and Juliet and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 2014 Olivia joined Ballet Memphis where she worked with many choreographers including Mark Godden, Steven McMahon, Uri Sands, Joshua L. Peugh, Gabrielle Lamb, Julia Adam and Julie Marie Niekrasz. Currently, Olivia is working as a freelance artist and is based out of Pompano Beach, Florida under the direction of Magaly Suarez. This is Ms. Pwell's first season with Diablo Ballet, Walnut Creek CA.

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